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Kentucky State Fair Cancels Midway & Entertainment for 2020 Fair
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Last week, the Kentucky State Fair announced significant modifications to the 2020 State Fair.  In June, the fair announced its plans to move forward with a 2020 fair complete with a carnival midway, vendors, and entertainment.  On August 6, the fair reversed its decision, cancelling the midway, entertainment, vendors, and limiting participation to participants only.  The fair is scheduled for August 20-30 and would have marked the debut of a new midway provided by Kissel Entertainment.  

In a prepared release, the Kentucky State Fair said:

The Kentucky State Fair is responding to the spread of COVID-19 by closing the public portion of the event. Only participants and assisting family members will be able to attend the 2020 Kentucky State Fair.

“The Kentucky State Fair has addressed and overcome many challenges in its storied history. The Kentucky State Fair Board carefully considered the public's concerns regarding health and safety and realized the Fair needed further modification. Although the Fair will be different this year, the rich tradition of promoting the equestrian and agricultural progress of the state will endure.” said Steven Wilson, the Kentucky State Fair Board Chairman. 

In addition to previous measures taken, additional public portions of the 2020 Kentucky State Fair will be canceled including:
  • The Texas Roadhouse concert series,
  • Outdoor entertainment
  • Thrill Ville (also referred to as the Midway)
  • Lot A exhibits
  • Kentucky State Fair Entertainment Tent
  • Outdoor Food Vendors
“With an abundance of caution to protect our fairgoers, participants and employees, and at the direction of the administration, we have modified the 2020 Kentucky State Fair to be a participant only show. This will allow core elements including the World's Championship Horse Show and the youth livestock competition to continue safely,” said David S. Beck President and CEO of Kentucky Venues.

With a shift to a participant-only show, the Kentucky State Fair will have a more feasible way to perform contact tracing, an essential step in reducing the spread of COVID-19. For those participating in livestock competition and the horse show, there will be increased handwashing stations, mask requirements throughout the facility, additional cleaning protocols and other changes.  

For more information about the Kentucky State Fair's COVID-19 plan, visit
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