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Coronavirus: 2020 North Dakota State Fair is canceled

The annual event was due to take place in July.
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The 2020 North Dakota State Fair has been canceled. 

Organizers have confirmed that this year's week-long event, which is held in the City of Minot, will not be going ahead due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The event was due to be held between July 17 and 25.

"We want to thank all of the loyal North Dakota State Fair goers for their continued support in these unchartered waters. We have been greatly touched by the strong support that we have received during these challenging days,” said General Manager Renae Korslien.

"It just reminds us all what makes this state and city so special and make us in the State Fair family even more determined to make next year’s Fair even greater, when it’s safer for us to be together again."

The decision comes amid ongoing uncertainty over the prospect of the Minnesota State Fair and the neighboring, smaller, Wisconsin State Fair going ahead.

Organizers in Minnesota have not made any definitive decision on this year's event, saying it's doing "everything we can" to ensure it goes ahead as normal.

That said, Gov. Tim Walz has previously said that events with large crowds would be the last thing to resume in Minnesota, given their potential for transmission of the virus via close contact.

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The Minnesota State Fair is considerably larger than North Dakota's, attracting more than 2 million visitors last year while the North Dakota State Fair averages around 300,000.

But with the Minnesota State Fair not starting till late August, organizers have more time to make a call on whether it should be canceled or not.

The same conversation is being had in Wisconsin, where organizers of the Aug. 6-16 State Fair are "reviewing options," per the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

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