NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee State Fair has canceled this year's traditional 10-day event in September due to the pandemic.
The 150-year tradition has not been canceled since World War II. This year's fair was scheduled to take place on September 11 through 20.
In the announcement, state fair officials said due to health concerns the event is being "shuttered." Fair officials still hope to plan activities for the public in place of the traditional fair including contests, exhibits, and virtual events.
"The more we talked with local and state officials, gathered information from those involved with other similar events, and discussed the topic thoroughly within our own board, we came to the conclusion that it would be best this year to not host a traditional State Fair," said Scott Jones, State Fair manager.
Activities typically associated with the fair like livestock competitions, live entertainment and pageants will also not be held this year.
The fair plans to open next year on September 10.
The Nashville Fairgrounds released the following statement in response to the announcement:
“The Fairgrounds Nashville has been made aware of the announcement made today by the Tennessee State Board concerning the 2020 State Fair. The health and safety of our visitors and staff is important to us. We look forward to hosting a full State Fair in 2021.”