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2020 Illinois State Fair Canceled Due To COVID-19

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Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD – The state announced Friday that the 2020 Illinois and Du Quoin State Fairs will be cancelled this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Illinois joins Indiana, Iowa, Wisconsin and other states in canceling the annual gathering of livestock displays, entertainment and food. The Department of Agriculture is arranging a virtual Junior Livestock Show in September. Exhibitors ranging in age from 8 to 21-years-old will be able to show their animals.

In a press release, Governor J.B. Pritzker says the decision was difficult.

“This is the right choice based on guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health and other experts: we have to prioritize keeping our people safe,” says Pritzker. “Our state fairs are unmatched across the nation, and I look forward to gathering again to showcase the best of Illinois when it is safe to do so.”

The state says the Illinois and Du Quoin State Fairs attracted more than 600,000 visitors last year.  After the State Fair in Springfield concludes, the Du Quoin State Fair takes place in Southern Illinois.

Next year, the Illinois State Fair will run from August 12-22, 2021. The Du Quoin State Fair will run August 27-September 6, 2021.

The State Fair has been canceled before during war times: in 1862 due to the Civil War and in 1942-1945 because of World War II.

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Reginald Hardwick

Reginald Hardwick is the News & Public Affairs Director at Illinois Public Media. He oversees daily newscasts and online stories. He also manages The 21st Show, a live, weekday talk show that airs on 7 NPR stations throughout Illinois. He is the executive producer of IPM's annual environmental TV special "State of Change." And he is the co-creator of Illinois Soul, IPM's Black-focused audio service that launched in February 2024. Before arriving at IPM in 2019, he served as News Director at WKAR in East Lansing and spent 17 years as a TV news producer and manager at KXAS, the NBC-owned station in Dallas/Fort Worth. Reginald is the recipient of three Edward R. Murrow regional awards, seven regional Emmy awards, and multiple honors from the National Association of Black Journalists. Born in Vietnam, Reginald grew up in Colorado and is a graduate of the University of Northern Colorado. Email: rh14@illinois.edu Twitter: @RNewsWILL

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