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No Ohio State Fair Again This Year

Cardinal holds Buckeye sign at Ohio State Fair
Cardinal holds Buckeye sign at Ohio State Fair

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 Expositions Commission says 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," said General Manager Virgil Strickler.

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

Butter cow and Brutus at Ohio State Fair
Credit Jo Ingles
Butter cow and Brutus at Ohio State Fair

The board says 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.

Copyright 2021 The Statehouse News Bureau