Gov. Mike Parson long held out hope that the Missouri State Fair would go on, despite neighboring states cancelling theirs, but on Friday Missouri joined the ranks of states calling off fairs due to coronavirus concerns.
The event was scheduled to take place Aug. 13-23 in Sedalia.
In a press release, the fair said that “when the original decision to move forward with the Fair was made, the information and numbers were different than they are now.”
In recent weeks, Missouri has seen a growing number of coronavirus cases, and has set several records for increasing numbers. As of Friday afternoon, the state had registered 31,288 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 1,121 deaths.
This uptick led officials to the decision that “the best course of action was to work to reduce the number of individuals on the fairgrounds,” according to the release.
The fair also had about 20 sponsors pull out, and had previously canceled specific events and attractions.
The fairgrounds will now host a youth livestock show in place of the fair on Aug. 13-23.