(Montevideo, MN) – Social media has been abuzz with rumors of the cancellation of this year’s Minnesota State Fair, but the rumors are completely untrue according to Fair officials.
The widely circulated Facebook post falsely stated that the State Fair Board had made the decision to cancel the fair for health, safety, and financial reasons. The post also stated that there would be no refunds or transfers of pre-purchased tickets. The identity of the creator of the post is unknown at this time.
Fair organizers responded with their own Facebook post denying the claims and referred people to the official state fair website for future announcements.
In a statement Minnesota State Fair General Manager Jerry Hammer said, “As stewards of the Great Minnesota Get-Together, it is our duty to do everything we can for as long as we can to ensure that Minnesota has a world class State Fair this year. Central to this year’s preparations are the directives of state, national and international health agencies. At this point, the outlook for late summer events remains unknown. As of now, there is no specific date by which a decision to hold the fair must be made. That picture will become more clear in the weeks ahead as we continue to be in contact with our partners that are vital to produce an event the size and scope of the Great Minnesota Get-Together. The fair’s success relies on agriculturists, commercial and competitive exhibitors, educators, entertainers, attraction operators, suppliers, contractors and many others who must be at their very best to successfully produce the type of event that Minnesota expects and deserves.”
Hammer also said, “At its heart, the State Fair is a grand celebration where all feel welcome, safe and secure. We are discussing and considering options that will enable us to provide that experience in 2020; however, alternate fair dates, a change in duration of the fair, or significant restrictions are not being considered. We continue to remain hopeful that we can celebrate this year in our usual style, but ultimately please know and rest assured the State Fair will do the right thing for Minnesota, our nation and our world.”
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