North Carolina Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler has just announced that the 2020 NC State Fair has been canceled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Troxler, speaking at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh, said that studies conducted July 14 and 15 by Cole Hargrave Snodgrass & Associates, Inc. among 1,130 past State Fair ticket purchasers indicated a hesitancy to attend this year. Of those surveyed, 65% showed at least some hesitancy in attending this year while a third (33%) said they would not attend in light of the coronavirus.
According to statistics supplied by the State Fair, the event costs around $6.8i million annually to produce. Many contracts currently in place have a 60-day stipulation for cancellation without a penalty.
North Carolina becomes at least the 18th state to announce the cancellation of its annual agricultural exhibition.
Meanwhile in Columbia, the South Carolina State Fair announced that this year’s event would be conducted as a free “drive-through” event highlighting the state’s agriculture, history and arts. The SC Department of Agriculture marketing staff plan to meet tomorrow and more details are expected to follow.