2020 Fair Canceled for First Time Since World War II
Posted May 22, 2020 at 5pm
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It is with deep regret that the Alaska State Fair Board of Directors and CEO have made the decision to cancel the Alaska State Fair for the first time since 1942 during World War II. The cancellation is due to the continuing uncertainty regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.
Production of an event the size and scope of the traditional Alaska State Fair requires extraordinary, year-round efforts of our small, hard-working staff. We need to make decisions now based on what we know today, not how we hope things will be in August. We have now reached the point that with
all the conjecture surrounding mandates and recommendations for mass gatherings of this scale, it just will not be possible to deliver the same experience fairgoers have come to expect from the State’s largest celebration. Each day brings insurmountable challenges to overcome.
Our goal is and always has been to produce a traditional State Fair that is the last blast of summer where all feel welcome, safe and secure. We plan to come back next year with a 2021 Alaska State Fair that is even bigger and better than ever!
Until then, our staff is working diligently to offer our guests new fun, safe, socially distant experiences. We are excited to extend the popular Pop-up Drive-in movies, offer our first Food Truck Fare event starting next week, and spread joy with our new Bright Up the Night drive-through light
display this holiday season.
If you’ve purchased tickets to this year’s fair or events with a credit card, your charges will be refunded back into that account. It is not necessary to contact the Fair as those ticket holders will soon see their credit. We will be contacting anyone who paid with another form of payment.
Thank you for your continued support of the Alaska State Fair. We look forward to the time when we can all gather again safely to celebrate the Alaska State Fair’s proud award-winning history.
See you next year,
Posted April 28 at 2pm
We hold the well-being of all our partners and guests in the highest of priorities – which includes you, our vendors. With the news of some recent cancellations of fairs and festivals, we understand that many questions have arisen regarding the 2020 Alaska State Fair. We are aware of and understand your concerns.
Like everyone else, we are monitoring the outcome of the recently implemented state and federal preventative measures. At this time, we remain cautiously optimistic that the 2020 Alaska State Fair will continue as planned as it takes place in the fall. We will collaborate with all local, state and federal agencies to assess the situation closer to the Fair. As a non-profit organization, we understand the financial impacts to businesses resulting from the Corona Virus (COVID-19) and are looking forward to a healthy economy in the fall; moreover, we’d like to show good faith by extending the March 31st vendor lease payment deadline to May 15, 2020 when all payments will be due.
Should government restrictions continue into the fall and the fair is canceled, you will be given the option to request a refund or roll your payment over effectively securing your space at the 2021 Alaska State Fair.
We sincerely thank you for your patience and understanding during this challenging time and wish you the best as we weather this storm together. We will keep you posted on any further developments.
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