RALEIGH – The North Carolina State Fair has been cancelled due to concerns about the spread of coronavirus and uncertainty surrounding the governor’s restrictive edicts.
“State Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler made the announcement Wednesday morning during a press conference to local media. The cancellation marks the first time since World War II that the fair will not take place.
“We have hoped, we have prayed and we have thought and thought and thought but at the end of the day, it’s the only logical decision that we could make,” Troxler said.
The 2020 State Fair was scheduled to happen Oct. 15-25 at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. Troxler said the junior livestock shows and horse shows usually part of the fair will happen. […]
“I can think of a thousand places I’d rather be today than here delivering this news,” Troxler said. “The State Fair is a tradition we all look forward to each year. It’s a vital economic engine for local non-profits, community groups, small businesses and individuals. It’s a time for family and friends to come together to celebrate everything that makes North Carolina such a great place to live. We waited as long as we could, hoping the numbers would take a turn and we’d be able to continue with our planning, but each day brought more challenges than solutions.”
Troxler said their research showed that 65 percent of people who previously attended the state fair would be hesitant to attend during a pandemic.
While the number one priority in the decision to cancel the fair was safety, Troxler said the finance of the fair played a major role too. He described the decision to cancel the fair as a business decision. […]”
That the majority of previous fairgoers would be hesitant to attend this year is not a surprise. After all, surveys indicate that the average American believes as much as 9 percent of our population has died from the Wuhan coronavirus — that’d be upwards of 30 million people. And why wouldn’t they; the mainstream news is nothing but a barrage of Pandemic Panic, broken only by spinning narratives for BLM and the Woke Warriors.
Read more about the business decision to cancel the state fair here.