Will There Be A State Fair This Summer?

Despite the sold-out event, we still don’t know the details of what an actual State Fair may look like in August, Esme Murphy reports (1:54) WCCO 4 News At 5 - June 1, 2021

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AMELIA SANTIANELLO: Thousands of Minnesotans came together at the State Fairgrounds over Memorial Day weekend.

FRANK VASCELLARO: Despite that sold out event we still don't know the details of what an actual State Fair may look like in August. Esme Murphy spoke with organizers to see if we'll have the State Fair that we're all used to.

ESME MURPHY: Is the Minnesota State fair 100% happening this August?

DANIELLE DULLINGER: So I can't say that quite yet. What it's going to look like, we just can't say. We're absolutely planning, we're planning for a ton of different scenarios, but you know can't say 100%.

ESME MURPHY: State Fair officials are keeping their planning more secret than the keys to winning those midway games, but they are overwhelmed by the success of the kickoff to summer.

DANIELLE DULLINGER: This absolutely blew our expectations out of the water.

ESME MURPHY: With a fraction of the usual attractions and vendors, the event was an unqualified hit with the public.

- Feels really good to be out in the sunshine, seeing people, eating corn dogs.

ESME MURPHY: But the preparations and planning are just for the possibly hundreds of thousands of visitors who would come to the fair. During the 12 days of the fair, thousands of people from carnival workers to 4-H kids actually live on the grounds. Of the more than 60,000 4-H kids in the state, only about 6,000 earn an invitation to the State Fair. And the 4-Hers we are told, are getting ready for what they hope will be a classic Fair experience. So do they know it might be different?

ERIN KELLY-COLLINS: Yes, yes they do know that it might be different, but it's going to be really different compared to last year when we couldn't be together at all.

ESME MURPHY: The fair's working closely with the Minnesota Department of Health to finalize guidelines and events, and when they had that worked out they say they'll let us know.

DANIELLE DULLINGER: You will have your answer soon.

ESME MURPHY: At the State Fairgrounds Esme Murphy WCCO4 News.

FRANK VASCELLARO: Governor Walz has said before that he thinks the Fair will be pretty close to normal. The State Fair runs August 26 through the 6th of September.