Joining a number of other state fairs around the Midwest, officials with the Missouri State Fair announced Friday the 2020 fair in Sedalia has been cancelled.

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Instead, officials say there will be a youth livestock show on the fairgrounds August 13th through the 23rd, continuing the tradition of showcasing Missouri’s 4-H and FFA members.

In June, Governor Parson had announced the state fair would take place. Since then, the governor and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services determined, in light of the increasing number of COVID cases in the state, the best course of action was to reduce the number of individuals on the fairgrounds.

Best practices for sanitation and public health will still be implemented during the youth livestock fair.

The cancellation of the state fair means the opening day ceremony, the governor’s ham breakfast, the carnival midway and all other non-youth livestock related events will not take place.

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