The Kansas State Fair Board voted 13-0 this morning to cancel the 2020 Kansas State Fair.
Its reversal came a week after the board initially voted to continue with the fair, sparking concern from vendors and the community about the COVID-19 pandemic, The Hutchinson News reported.
“We appreciate the thoughtful consideration you gave to open the fair as safely as possible. After that, we heard from a number of vendors who were genuinely concerned,” Kansas State Fair general manager Robin Jennison said.
About half of the vendors had canceled amid worries about delays with travel quarantines, difficulties in putting crews together and cancellations of other fairs.
Texas, Oklahoma and Nebraska cancelled their fairs shortly after the board’s decision last week.
Jennison said last week that it was beginning to appear the fair would be financially worse off going forward than not having it.
The organization cannot operate in the red.