The Wisconsin State Fair has been a mainstay on summer calendars for more than a century – Abraham Lincoln visited while campaigning for the White House – but on Tuesday the fair moved a step closer to canceling the event.

The State Fair Board of Directors voted unanimously Tuesday to authorize Chairman John Yingling the power to cancel State Fair and other events scheduled at State Fair Park. 

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The board did not decide to cancel, only to give the chairman the authority to do so with the goal of announcing the decision by the end of this month.

State Fair has been canceled only five years – three of them during the Civil War – with the last cancellation in 1945 as troops were fighting in the Pacific.

This year’s 10-day Wisconsin State Fair is scheduled for Aug. 6-16.

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