The Minnesota State fair board of directors Friday voted to cancel the 2020 fair due to the ongoing fight against the coronavirus.
Hammer put out this statement:
Fair fans who were on the fairgrounds when the announcement was made are expressing their disappointment, with a measure of understanding.
"You just didn't want to hear it," said Nancy Shugel of Roseville, who was walking her dog on the fairgrounds when the announcement was made. "You kind of think, how would they be able to do it, so you were hoping that wasn't true, but you kind of knew that was coming."
"We're just going to have to live through it and see what happens next, and hopefully, we'll see if it's back next year," said Cray Linna, a twice-a-year fairgoer.
"It was coming, it sucks, but there's nothing we can do," said Matthew Nelson, who's a big fan of the Miracle of Birth Center. "I guess we'll be hanging out in our back yard compared to coming here."
The Great Minnesota Get-Together was scheduled to run Aug. 27 until Labor Day, Sept. 7 at the historic fairgrounds in Falcon Heights.
The state fair attracted more than 2,000,000 people in both 2018 and 2019.
Last year's fair had six single-day attendance records.
The last time the Minnesota State Fair was canceled was 1946 because of fears from a polio epidemic.
It was the second straight year the fair was called off.
There was no fair in 1945 because of World War II restrictions.
The state fair returned in 1947 with a bang... it was the first year Pronto Pups were served.
The first two cancellations of the Minnesota State Fair were in 1861 because of the Civil War, and 1862 because of the Dakota Conflict.
The 1893 Chicago World's Fair, which lasted six months, drew so much attention that Minnesota State Fair officials called off their event.