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2020 Minnesota State Fair canceled

ST. PAUL, MN -- The 2020 Minnesota State Fair has been canceled.

Jerry Hammer, General Manager of the MN State Fair spoke in a Youtube video after the announcement was released saying the decision was based on many factors.

Hammer said people's health is one of the main concerns.

He added, "Even in the best-case scenario the science shows us that by the end of August at best, we will be taking pretty slow steps in terms of getting back together and getting into mass gatherings."

Hammer responded to "huge fair fans" who asked why staff can't have people wear masks, take temps and enforce social distancing, "If health is at risk where you to need to do those things, we shouldn't be doing an event like this."

With the State Fair employing thousands of staff and hosting millions of guests every year, they want to provide the very best experience.

"We need to take this year off from having a fair so we can guarantee the fair's future will remain hopeful and bright."

Organizers made the announcement Friday morning, due to COVID-19 concerns.

This marks the sixth time in the fair's 161-year history it's been canceled.

This is a developing story. Check back for udpates.

Briggs LeSavage

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