The 2020 Wisconsin State Fair – originally scheduled to take place Aug. 5-15, has been canceled due to concerns about the continued spread of the coronavirus.

For several months the Wisconsin State Fair Park Board of Directors and staff
have been analyzing all facets of the annual event in hopes of being able to provide the Wisconsin State Fair experience that Fairgoers have come to know and love over the past 169 years, the organization said in a press release.

“On behalf of the entire State Fair Park Board of Directors, please know that the decision to cancel the 2020 Wisconsin State Fair was not taken lightly,” Wisconsin State Fair Park Board Chairman John Yingling said in a statement. “Months of deliberation took place, considering all options to host a Fair that adheres to the highest standard of safety without compromising the experience. We explored countless models, but ultimately safety cannot be compromised. The risks associated with hosting an event of this size and scope right now are just too great.”