The Ohio State fair is canceled for 2020:)

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Ohio Expositions Commission announces cancellation

of the 2020 Ohio State Fair

 

COLUMBUS - Today, the Ohio Expositions Commission announced that it will cancel the 2020 Ohio State Fair, originally scheduled for July 29 - August 9 in Columbus. Members of the Commission expressed concern for public health, as well as the financial feasibility of hosting a fair that would adhere to social distancing protocols and its impact on the long-term viability of the Ohio State Fair.

 

“After careful thought and deliberation, we have decided to cancel the Ohio State Fair. Knowing how easily the virus spreads in large groups, we believe it is the safest path forward for the health and safety of all Ohioans.” said Andy Doehrel, chair of the Ohio Expositions Commission. “The financial ramifications of hosting a reduced-capacity Fair would be too great, and we need to protect the Ohio State Fair for future generations.”

 

“Our first priority is the safety of the hundreds of thousands of people involved in the Ohio State Fair each year. While this is a difficult decision, we feel it is necessary to protect the fairgoers, exhibitors, volunteers, vendors, partners, performers, concessionaires, youth leaders, employees and sponsors,” said Virgil Strickler, general manager of the Ohio Expo Center & State Fair. “I look forward to seeing my fellow Ohioans at the 2021 Ohio State Fair, when it is safer for us to enjoy our favorite traditions together.”

 

Last year, 934,925 people attended the Ohio State Fair during its 12-day run. These attendees came from each of Ohio’s 88 counties, all 50 states, the District of Columbia, as well as Canada and Mexico.

 

The Ohio Expositions Commission is focused on developing a strategy to responsibly reopen its year-round facilities when appropriate, and to welcome guests back for the 2021 Ohio State Fair, scheduled for July 28 through August 8 of next year.

 

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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
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What a shame, Joe. There's talk of possibly cancelling the North Carolina State Fair as well...it's had a 75 year run without cancellations. Last time was during WWII. I hate seeing that for both of our states.

May 21, 2020 08:12 AM #1
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Joe Jackson
Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty - Columbus, OH
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I was at the State fir in 1971 and 1972 playing in the Ohio boys Band.

16 straight days!  Many great memories, I attend every year.

May 21, 2020 10:41 AM #2
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Jeremy K. Frost
Keller Williams Realty - Dripping Springs, TX
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Thank you for keeping us posted and up to date. Best of luck!

May 21, 2020 12:04 PM #3
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Karen Jackson
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Sorry to hear this but not surprised. Our governor has been cautious since the beginning and this is probably the best decision. Will miss the butter cow this  year! 

May 22, 2020 03:46 AM #4
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Joe Jackson
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so sad the fair is canceled as I take Karen Jackson and our grand kids there every year

May 22, 2020 04:54 AM #5
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Lisa Smith
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So many fun memories of going to the fair growing up, and even worked concessions in highschool...so much fun! Truly sorry to see this happen, but probably better safe than sorry.

May 26, 2020 12:48 PM #6
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