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Ohio State Fair Canceled For 2020 Due To Coronavirus

The Ohio Expositions Commission voted unanimously to cancel it

This summer's Ohio State Fair is the latest event to be scuttled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Ohio Expositions Commission voted unanimously this morning to cancel the 2020 fair, which was scheduled for July 29-Aug. 9 at the fairgrounds in Columbus. Commission members said it would be too difficult to adhere to social distancing protocols.

"Knowing how easily the virus spreads in large groups, we believe it is the safest path forward for the health and safety of all Ohioans," said Andy Coehrel, chair of the commission, in a statement. "The financial ramifications of hosting a reduced-capacity Fair would be too great, and we need to protect the Ohio State Fair for future generations."

Almost 935,000 people attended last year's Ohio State Fair over its 12-day run.

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