The Wisconsin State Fair will not take place this year.
State Fair Board Chairman John Yingling made the announcement today, citing safety concerns due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
“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,” Yingling said in a written 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.”
Yingling said the Fair took into consideration data from local, state and federal health officials and ultimately decided that implementing all the guidelines would prove too big of a challenge to hosting the fair as we’ve come to know over the past 169 years.
Yingling says the board of directors has been in contact with Governor Tony Evers as well as the Department of Administration and have their support.
“The Wisconsin State Fair is so much more than just a fair- it is a celebration of everything we are so proud of in Wisconsin, State Fair Park CEO Kathleen O’Leary said. “We understand the magnitude of disappointment you may be feeling. We feel it too. However, safety is our top priority, and that cannot be compromised under any circumstance.”
For those who have already purchased admission tickets during the annual holiday sales promotion, tickets will be valid for the 2021 Wisconsin State Fair. However, refunds are also available through June 30, 2020. Main Stage concert tickets are eligible for a full refund. Concert tickets purchased with a credit card will automatically be refunded to the card used for purchase. For more details, as well as answers to many other questions, please visit Wistatefair.com.