Parson weighing options for Missouri State Fair amid coronavirus

This year’s Missouri State Fair could be canceled or shortened due to coronavirus concerns, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Gov. Mike Parson has decided to wait until June 1 to make any decision on the event, which is scheduled for mid-August.

The fairground in Sedalia has been closed since March 17 to protect visitors, but it was scheduled to re-open Sunday.

The Missouri State Fair usually averages 350,000 visitors over the course of the event.

A Missouri Department of Agriculture spokesperson said planning for the event is continuing as usual.

Other similar events in California, Washington, Alaska and Kentucky have already been canceled.

“Right now, we will have a Plan A and a Plan B, to have a fair or maybe a shortened version of it,” Parson said.

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