Washington State Fair canceled over coronavirus concerns

Jul 9 2020, 11:55 am

For the first time in 120 years besides — during the four years of World War II — the Washington State Fair board of directors has made the decision to cancel the event for 2020.

Fair organizers released a statement on Wednesday, stating that their decision was made “in the best interests of the health and safety” of their guests, and that “at its core, any fair, ours included, is a people-gathering event, the more people the better. That hypothesis runs contrary to the challenges of containing this pandemic.”

The fair is currently scheduled to reopen in the summer of 2021, in which the livestock, the carnival, the fair food, the Farm at SillyVille, the rodeo, the concerts, all the exhibits, the commercial vendors, and more are all set to return.

The Washington State Fair is currently attempting to reschedule the Rodeo and Columbia Band Concert Series and will post updates online as more information comes available. Once a plan is in place, ticketholders will be announced their options.

Scheduled drive-thru food-to-go events and drive-in concert nights will resume as planned.

Alyssa TherrienAlyssa Therrien

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