The 2020 Ohio State Fair became a victim of the COVID-19 pandemic, when on May 21 the Ohio Expositions Commission announced the cancellation of the fair that was scheduled for July 29 to Aug. 9.
“After careful thought and deliberation, we have decided to cancel the Ohio State Fair,” Andy Doehrel, chair of the commission, said in a news release. “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. The financial ramifications of hosting a reduced-capacity fair would be too great, and we need to protect the great Ohio State Fair for future generations.”
Last year, 934,925 people attended the 12-day fair. Attendees came from all 88 of Ohio’s counties, all 50 states, the District of Columbia, as well as Canada and Mexico.
The 2021 fair is scheduled for July 28 to Aug. 8.