Sadly, there will be no butter cow this year.
The 2020 Ohio State Fair has been canceled due to COVID-19 health concerns and financial feasibility, the Ohio Expositions Commission announced Thursday.
To us, the highlight of summer is gathering with our fellow Ohioans, enjoying the tradition of the #ohiostatefair. Togetherness is a challenge this year, and we have made the difficult decision to cancel this years fair. Read more https://t.co/Tzi5pjoEnb pic.twitter.com/rHyYutryji— Ohio State Fair (@OhioStateFair) May 21, 2020
The summer staple was scheduled to take place in Columbus from July 29 to Aug. 9, but the fair will now have to wait until 2021, when it's scheduled for July 28 through Aug. 8.
“After careful thought and deliberation, we have decided to cancel the Ohio State Fair. Knowing how easily the virus spreads in large groups, we believe it is the safest path forward for the health and safety of all Ohioans.” said Andy Doehrel, chair of the Ohio Expositions Commission. “The financial ramifications of hosting a reduced-capacity Fair would be too great, and we need to protect the great Ohio State Fair for future generations.”
934,925 people attended the Ohio State Fair during its 12-day run last year, including attendees from all 50 states as well as Canada and Mexico.