Despite coronavirus concerns, Parson says Missouri will hold state fair

Despite the rise in positive COVID-19 cases, the Missouri State Fair will not be canceled, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Since it began in 1901, the fair has only been canceled once.

“I don’t want to be the governor that makes it a second time,” Gov. Mike Parson told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

While the concerts have been canceled, events such as the rodeo, tractor pull and auto races will still occur. With the large crowds and shared carnival rides, some worry that holding the fair will cause a sharp increase in positive COVID-19 cases.

Many other states, such as Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota, have canceled their annual fairs.

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