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Fri May 22, 2020, 01:57 PM

There will be no Great Get Together

A message from Minnesota State Fair General Manager Jerry Hammer:

ďDear Friends,

Weíve been working hard and doing our very best with preparations for the 2020 State Fair. The picture was cloudy in March, but things have cleared up considerably since then. Right now is the time of year when things need to really take off if weíre going to have a fair, but we can see that weíre out of runway and canít get off the ground. There will be no State Fair this year.

Like everything during the past few months, itís complex and difficult. The State Fair is built on a vast network of agriculturists, vendors, artists, entertainers, competitors, amusement operators, sponsors, State Fair staff and thousands more who always give their very best. They are the pillars of the fair, and almost all have been affected during the past two months. Some are doing okay, but many have eroded including some who provide our biggest and best programs. Itís a challenging time for our determined young people in youth agriculture programs. More and more livestock exhibitors, entertainers and attraction operators are concerned with going on the road this summer. Some commercial exhibitors are past their deadlines for getting products, and now thereís even a question of adequate supplies for food vendors. And many are having trouble finding people who are willing to work in crowds.

This will have a big impact on thousands of businesses and the tens of thousands of people whose talent, dedication and love bring the fair to life. We understand exactly what theyíre going through because weíre going through the same thing.

Weíll face those challenges because the most important thing is your health. No one knows what things will be like at fair time, but we need to make decisions now based on what we know today, not how we hope things will be in August. And right now, all of the science says that if things go well, weíll still be walking very carefully in three months. Thatís far from ready to run a mass gathering marathon like the State Fair. Can you see social distancing on a Park & Ride bus, or at the Bandshell? One at a time on the Giant Slide? Can you imagine standing six feet apart in line for cookies? Me neither.

The State Fair needs to be a full-on celebration. Thatís what makes it very special for so many of us, including young fair fan Addie who is 5 years old. She starts kindergarten this fall and she said, ďI love the fair. There are a hundred things to do there. And itís my birthday. Itís my favorite time of year.Ē

Millions of people love the fair just like Addie, even if itís not their birthday. And thatís exactly why we canít have a fair this year. We owe it to you now, and we owe it to posterity to give you the very best that we possibly can in a safe environment. By taking the tough road today, we guarantee that the fairís future remains hopeful and bright.

A month ago, my good friend Carlos wrote, ďIf thereís no fair this year, itís because they love us and want to see EVERYone next year.Ē Heís right. Thatís the heart of the matter. We want to see you all for many years to come, when we can celebrate in true State Fair style.

So this isnít a difficult decision. Itís the only decision. Itís the right thing to do. As we go through this strange summer, weíre extremely grateful for the understanding and support of everyone who makes the State Fair possible Ė especially the millions of fair fans from around the globe. The best thing we can all do right now is to help the world recover and heal. In the meantime, your team of State Fair pros is working hard to come back bigger, better, stronger and smarter in Ď21. Weíll see you next year at the Great Minnesota Get-Back-Together.Ē

Unfortunately I have to agree, there is no other choice. But I will miss the cookies and corn and footlong and deep fried candy bars and.......

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Response to sarisataka (Original post)

Fri May 22, 2020, 01:59 PM

1. Bummer, but the fair is too much of a Petri dish

for it to happen this year.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #1)

Fri May 22, 2020, 08:29 PM

3. Agreed

I will miss my visit to my favorite corn dog stand & the DFL booth is always fun (especially in an election year) but there really was no other choice.

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Response to dflprincess (Reply #3)

Fri May 22, 2020, 08:30 PM

4. I was definitely looking forward to visiting the DFL booth this year!

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Response to sarisataka (Original post)

Fri May 22, 2020, 02:38 PM

2. The only responsible choice. nt

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