May 22, 2020
FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn.—For the first time since 1946, there will not be a Minnesota State Fair this summer.
The fair’s Board of Managers met via Zoom today, and voted to cancel the event, saying there are too many uncertainties given the ongoing pandemic.
Fair General Manager Jerry Hammer said, “If somehow we were able to cobble a fair together … you wouldn’t like it, you wouldn’t recognize it. We all love the Fair. That’s exactly why we can’t have a fair. This is about doing the right thing for the future of the fair.”
The first Minnesota State Fair was held in 1859.