CALIFORNIA - Cal Expo has announced it has decided to cancel the 2020 California State Fair.
The fair was scheduled for July 17 through August 2 but "due to the extensive challenges posed by the COVID-19 public health crisis", Cal Expo's board voted to cancel the summer event.
While the board remained hopeful, Cal Expo General Manager and CEO Rick Pickering said the health and safety of the guests and staff is the number one priority, so the cancellation is the right thing to do.
Currently, Cal Expo is operating as a drive-thru testing site and a temporary trailer facility for the homeless, who may have been exposed or infected.
Pickering said cancelling the State Fair and many of the year-round events hosted at Cal Expo is having a significant economic impact as it generates sales tax revenue and employs over 800 seasonal workers.
He also shared they are working to identify a time to safely reopen the expo.