Two more groups have joined the growing number to withdraw from the Minnesota State Fair.
Conservation Corps of Iowa and Minnesota posted on Facebook Wednesday announcing the decision to pull out of the State Fair due to the highly contagious delta variant.
"We have decided to err on the side of an abundance of caution. It’s a very disappointing choice, but we ultimately feel it’s the right one," the post said.
And Minneapolis band The Von Tramps shared Tuesday that they have made the decision to cancel their State Fair appearance, which was scheduled to be this Friday at the Rockabilia merchandise booth with Hüsker Dü.
"With delta variant concerns, we think it's best to play it safe this year. We will see ya next time at the fair, promise," the post said.
Related [Aug. 20]: About 150 vendors aren't returning to the Minnesota State Fair this year
Conservation Corps and The Von Tramps are the latest to bow out of the State Fair. Other groups have announced they won't be at the Fair due to the event's controversial move not to require masks indoors, or vaccinations/negative COVID tests for entry.
Related [Aug. 25]: MDH urges mask wearing when among large crowds – even when outdoors
They include: Education Minnesota, which cited the risks for volunteers who'd be working in "unsafe conditions"; Foodie news site Heavy Table, citing the State Fair's policy; and Low Cut Connie, which canceled its Grandstand show over the State Fair's COVID-19 policy.
A number of media organizations are skipping the fair (WCCO-AM and FOX 9) or reducing their presence (WCCO-TV, TPT, Minnesota Public Radio), while the State Fair says around 150 vendors have chosen not to return for this year's fair.
While some have pulled out completely, other vendors and organizations have made big changes for State Fair. The Hamline and Salem dining halls, citing health and safety concerns, will have their indoor seating areas closed off for the fair. And the Minnesota DNR won't be offering activities inside its building, either.
The State Fair runs Thursday, Aug. 26, through Labor Day, Sept. 6. You can find the latest updates on the fair here.