Minnesota State Fair Cancelled

Minnesota State Fair Cancelled Click to Enlarge

(KNSI) - The 2020 Great Minnesota Get Together has been canceled.

The State Fair made the announcement Friday morning, citing the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Recently the dials were turned to allow more restaurants and businesses to reopen, but health department officials warned earlier this week that we are still in a dangerous time and that with the stay at home order and stay safe order, the state has pushed the projected peak out to somewhere in July, leaving the door open for the fair to still go on as planned. The fair was set to begin August 27th.

The fair draws around two million people each year over the 12 day run and has only been canceled five times since its inception in 1859.

The fair board pulled the plug in 1861 and 1862 due to the Civil War and the U.S.-Dakota War. It was canceled in 1893 due to a scheduling conflict with the World Columbian Expo in Chicago. It wasn't until 1945 that it was canceled again due to World War II, and in 1946 it was canceled due to the polio epidemic.

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