2020 Ohio State Fair canceled to help prevent spread of coronavirus

Ohio State Fairground (WBNS-10TV / Drone 10)
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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Ohio State Fair has been canceled for 2020 to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, fair officials announced Thursday.

The fair was originally supposed to happen July 29 through August 9 in Columbus.

"The Ohio State Fair’s management team, as well as the Ohio Expositions Commission, have been carefully evaluating all available information from state and local health officials, as well as the financial feasibility of a reduced capacity fair, over the last several weeks. Today, the Ohio Expositions Commission voted to cancel the Ohio State Fair in effort to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect the Fair for future generations."

Officials at the fair said they plan to celebrate agriculture and at state of Ohio this year "at a distance, with a collection of educational digital content and sharing some of your favorite memories."

A strategy to open the fair facilities when it is safe to do is being worked on by the commission.

The 2021 Ohio State Fair is scheduled for July 28 through August 8.

The following statement and video were posted on the Ohio State Fair’s Facebook page:

Each year, hundreds of thousands of our closest friends gather to make memories and enjoy their Fair favorites – food, the butter cow, a visit with Smokey Bear, a performance by the All-Ohio State Fair Band, or a run in the show ring.

Knowing how much the Ohio State Fair means to you makes it all the harder to share that this summer, the Ohio State Fair as we all know it will be on hiatus. Instead of coming together in person, we’ll celebrate agriculture and our great state at a distance, with a collection of educational digital content and sharing some of your favorite memories on social media.

The Ohio State Fair is possible thanks to the hard work of thousands of staff members, exhibitors, volunteers, vendors, partners, performers, concessionaires, youth leaders and sponsors. And the health and safety of our Fair family is the most important factor as we move forward.

The Ohio State Fair’s management team, as well as the Ohio Expositions Commission, have been carefully evaluating all available information from state and local health officials, as well as the financial feasibility of a reduced capacity fair, over the last several weeks. Today, the Ohio Expositions Commission voted to cancel the Ohio State Fair in effort to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect the Fair for future generations.

We will share more information about the Ohio State Fair’s digital content in the coming weeks. We look forward to seeing you when it is safer for us to be together again.

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