Minnesota State Fair provides update on its 2020 plans

Whether the fair will go ahead or not remains in question.
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The Minnesota State Fair says it's doing "everything we can" to ensure this year's event goes ahead, but admits that whether it will or not is still unknown.

In an update provided Thursday, General Manager Jerry Hammer said that there's no specific date at which the fair must make a decision on whether the coronavirus pandemic will cause the 2020 Great Minnesota Get-Together's cancellation.

In any case, it looks like it'll be all-or-nothing for the 2020 event, with the fair saying it's  looking at ways it can operate safely, but it is not considering alternate fair dates, a change in duration, or "significant restrictions."

Ultimately, Hammer says it will "do the right thing for Minnesota, our nation and our world."

"As stewards of the Great Minnesota Get-Together, it is our duty to do everything we can for as long as we can to ensure that Minnesota has a world class State Fair this year," Hammer said.

"Central to this year’s preparations are the directives of state, national and international health agencies. At this point, the outlook for late summer events remains unknown."

He added: "That picture will become more clear in the weeks ahead as we continue to be in contact with our partners that are vital to produce an event the size and scope of the Great Minnesota Get-Together."

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Multiple summer events have already been canceled in the Twin Cities, including Grand Old Days, Twin Cities Pride, and Rock the Garden, as well as the likes of July's Lumberjack Days in Stillwater and Twin Cities Summer Jam in Shakopee.

The State Fair has a little more time to play with considering it starts in late August, but also attracts significantly more people than the events listed above, with more than 2 million people attending last year, suggesting that social distancing will be incredibly difficult.

"We continue to remain hopeful that we can celebrate this year in our usual style, but ultimately please know and rest assured the State Fair will do the right thing for Minnesota, our nation and our world," Hammer added.

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