In a burst of tweets Monday, Wisconsin State Fair officials said they are considering their options about moving forward with this year’s event in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, but no decision has been made.
The State Fair is scheduled for Aug. 6-16 and annually draws up to a million attendees.
“The State Fair is a celebration of everything we are so proud of in Wisconsin, and our priority is to create a place where everyone feels welcome and safe,” the fair said on its official Twitter account. “With this in mind, the State Fair Park Board of Directors and staff continue to discuss options that will enable us to provide this experience in 2020.
“There are many factors to be considered. Several large industries, including agriculture, entertainment, concessions and ride operations, as well as hundreds of small businesses and thousands of part-time employees, are paramount to putting on a successful Fair.
“We are analyzing all facets of the Fair, while continuing to closely monitor data from local, state and federal health officials, and assess how this will affect each one.”
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In an interview, John Yingling, chair of the Wisconsin State Fair Park Board, said: “We haven’t set a drop-dead date yet. We’re continuing to monitor the science.”
Yingling, recently reappointed to a five-year term as board chair, said decisions will be guided by Gov. Tony Evers’ plan to reopen the state.
“That’s a road map we’re looking at and trying to follow,” he said.
Wisconsin is also in a cluster of state fairs that share entertainers, amusement attractions and vendors. Yingling said so far scheduled state fairs “are still out there” in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Iowa and Minnesota.
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