(St. Paul, MN) — Minnesota State Fair organizers met this morning via Zoom conference call to decide the fate of the 2020 Minnesota State Fair. Board Members voted unanimously to cancel this year’s fair due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

State Fair General Manager Jerry Hammer said, “This is the time of year when things really need to take off, and we just can’t do it. There’s not enough time. Even if somehow we were able to cobble a fair together, you wouldn’t like it. You wouldn’t recognize it.”

The Minnesota State Fair started back in 1859 and has only been cancelled a handful of times since. This would mark the first time that the fair has been cancelled since 1946 which was due to the polio epidemic.