The 96th Tanana Valley State Fair has been canceled. Officials with the fair association announced Wednesday they won’t be able to hold this year’s event, which had been scheduled to open July 31st, because of concern over spreading the coronavirus – and the difficulty of maintaining the required precautions.
Organizers of the Tanana Valley State Fair in Fairbanks say they’ll decide soon whether to hold this year’s event or cancel it out of concerns over spreading coronavirus. Meanwhile, organizers of two smaller regional fairs in Delta Junction and Salcha say they still hope to conduct their communities’ annual country fairs this summer.
The Tanana Valley State Fair has a new executive director and a mostly new staff. They are ramping up for a summer of preparation for the fair which will be the first week in August. At the fair association annual meeting last week, the punny agricultural theme of the fair, as well as headliner acts were revealed.
The Tanana Valley State Fair opens a week from Friday. New managers have filled the vendor space, recruited contest entries and booked entertainment, and as KUAC’s Robyne reports, they are hopeful they can put past fair controversies behind them.