Another great event has been cancelled due to the pandemic. The Old Russell County Courthouse Committee decided to cancel the popular annual Labor Day Fair, usually held in Seale on the grounds of the Old Russell County Courthouse, due to concerns about the inability to socially distance at that location because of limited space—narrow sidewalks with 80 vendors lined up side-by-side would make it nearly impossible to follow pandemic safety precautions.
“The reality is that we have a lot of vendors in a very small space,” Russell County Commissioner Chance Corbett said. “If we reduced the number of vendors, it have been the same as cancelling the event. The decision was hard, but it was made out of an abundance of caution for safety. We’ll pick it back up at Seale next year, provided we are not in a pandemic.”
Corbett is smoking butts to benefit the Old Russell County Courthouse Association to help offset the loss incurred by the cancellation of the fair. The butts will be on sale for $30 at the Old Courthouse in Seale on Friday, Sept. 4 from 2 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. ET, and at the old store in Crawford from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. ET. They will be available for purchase on Labor Day at the old store in Crawford from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The butts can also be pre-ordered by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or texting 706-575-4389.