Iowa State Fair Cancelled for 2020

The 2020 Iowa State Fair has been cancelled.

The Fair Board met Wednesday afternoon and voted 11 to 2 to make the decision — only the fifth time in the fair’s history that the annual summertime event has been cancelled. Iowa State Fair manager Gary Slater says he sympathizes with people who’re upset with the decision, because he’s upset, too.

Slater says in the end, though, it became clear that a scaled-back, socially-distant fair would damage the Iowa State Fair brand — and the fair would lose just about as much money by holding the event that way as they would if they cancelled it.

The Iowa State Fair had been scheduled for August 13-23. 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, which is scheduled for August 12-22.

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