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The Utah State Fair is going through a massive change because of COVID-19

How the Utah State Fair will change during the pandemic

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Fair attendees search out food options at the Utah State Fair in Salt Lake City on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017.

Fair attendees search out food options at the Utah State Fair in Salt Lake City on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017.

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

The Utah State Fair is rebranding, in a way, for the 2020 fall, becoming a new “September to Remember” event.

What’s happening:

  • The Utah State Fair Board voted this week to change the Utah State Fair to include new activities amid the coronavirus pandemic.
  • The event will include “Junior Livestock Show and Sale, FFA and 4-H exhibits as well as limited food and vendor booths.”
  • All events will follow the health measures from the state, according to a release from the fair organizers.
  • The “September to Remember” event “can take on many forms from managing smaller groups of people on the fairgrounds property and maintaining social distancing,” said  Larry Mullenax, executive director of the Utah State Fairpark.
  • The event will “honor the hard work of our Utah 4-H and FFA youth who have invested in preparing for this year’s fair, many of whom use proceeds from their winnings to pay for college.’’
  • The “reimagined event” will release new details soon.
  • “September to Remember” is scheduled from Sept. 10 to Sept 20.

More details

  • Back in May, officials told the Deseret News the event will be held in September. But it will adapt to COVID-19 if necessary.
  • Annie Hemmesch, Utah State Fair director of marketing, told the Deseret News: “We are just working on modifying everything and how it pertains to the pandemic and public safety. What that looks like right now, we don’t have an exact answer, but there’s a bunch of committees from carnival rides to fair corporations that are working together to build what could be possible.”