No Ohio State Fair For The Public This Year

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — If you’ve had a hankering for the deep fried doughnut hamburger you weren’t able to get on the Ohio State Fair midway last year, you will have to wait a little longer.

The Ohio State Fair
(Courtesy: Ohio Expo Center)

The Ohio Expositions Commission said members are concerned about public health and don’t know what the COVID-19 situation will look like in late July.

“I wish we had a crystal ball but we don’t,” General Manager Virgil Strickler said.

The commission said the uncertainties make it impossible to plan that sort of a large-scale entertainment event.

It’s especially challenging when you consider added safety protocols like reduced indoor seating capacities. The board felt holding a fair with high overhead costs and lower revenue could be devastating.

But while the rides, midway, and shows won’t take place, 4H students and other agricultural groups will be able to exhibit their products and compete for prizes.

The full fair is expected to return next summer.