2020 Iowa State Fair cancelled due to COVID-19

     For the first time since World War II, the Iowa State Fair has decided to cancel due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

     The first Iowa State Fair was held in October 1854.

     The State Fair Board, the governing body who oversees the State Fair, voted on June 10 11-2 to postpone the 2020 State Fair until Aug. 12-22, 2021, amid ongoing coronavirus concerns. The decision was made to protect the health and safety of all fairgoers.

     After a thorough review of possible options, while carefully reviewing current health guidelines and examining operating limitations, it became clear that holding the 2020 Iowa State Fair, which attracts approximately one million people over 11 days, would not be responsible.

     “The top priority of the Iowa State Fair has and always will be to protect the health and safety of fairgoers,” said Iowa State Fair Manager and CEO Gary Slater. “While the decision of the Iowa State Fair Board today will certainly come as a disappointment to many, the Board determined that holding a fair in accordance with current health guidelines related to CVOID-19 wasn’t feasible. We appreciate the support of fairgoers over the past few months as we’ve reviewed various options for the 2020 Iowa State Fair. We certainly look forward to welcoming over one million people back to the fair in 2021.”

     Options for 4-H and FFA youth livestock shows at the State Fair are still under review for 2020.

     The Iowa State Fair had been scheduled for Aug. 13-23, 2020. The Iowa State Fair Board delayed a decision as long as possible and believed it was important to make a decision on the fair now in order to give concessionaires, vendors, and fairgoers planning a trip to the fair ample notice.

     Iowa State Fair staff and management have already begun the process of booking entertainment and planning for the 2021 Iowa State Fair, scheduled for Aug. 12-22.

     Visit www.iowastatefair.org for more information on tickets, events, and other questions.


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