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PLEASANTON, CA - JUNE 23: People ride on a swing ride at the Alameda County Fair on June 23, 2011 in Pleasanton, California. The Alameda County Fair is celebrating its 99th year and features rides, farm animals, carnival food, horse racing and pig races. The fair runs through July 10. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Even though we saw it coming, it’s still sad news for this Raleigh Native to hear that the 2020 North Carolina State Fair has been canceled. What I didn’t know is that this is the first time it’s been canceled since World War II.

State Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler said, “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.” The 2020 NC State Fair was scheduled to happen October 15-25 at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in Raleigh.

“I think you can expect to see additional drive-thru fair food events which have been really popular this summer,” Troxler said. Their research showed that 65 percent of people who previously attended the state fair would be hesitant to attend during a pandemic. The fair is the biggest annual event in North Carolina. There have been nearly 18 million people in attendance over the past ten years. Read the full article here.

Source: ABC11