With the State Fair set to begin Thursday, one musical act is pulling out of their Grandstand performance.
Low Cut Connie announced Monday they will not perform as scheduled. The rock band was supposed to perform at the Grandstand Saturday along with Lake Street Dive and Kiss the Tiger.
"Now that I understand that there will be no mask or vaccine mandate in place for the event, I don't feel comfortable moving forward with this show," band frontman Adam Weiner said in a statement.
The announcement comes as around 150 vendors have decided they will not return to the fair this year, citing COVID-19 concerns and staffing shortages. On a typical year, the number of vendors who don’t return is between 75 and 100.
Food media outlet Heavy Table announced it would not be covering the fair’s offerings for the first fair since 2010 over concerns of the Delta COVID-19 variant and the lack of a mask mandate.
WCCO Radio has also pulled out of broadcasting live from the fair, and Education Minnesota pulled out over the weekend, as well.
Earlier this month, the fair announced that guests would not be required to wear masks indoors or outdoors, regardless of vaccination status. Organizers instead urged guests to wear them because it is the “right thing to do.”
Other fair events that have been canceled or modified, either due to pandemic or logistical reasons, include the Festival of Nations Demonstration Stage, Giant Sing Along, the Great Big Sandbox and the River Raft Ride.