State Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina State Fair has been canceled for this year due to safety, financial and attendance challenges from COVID-19. State Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler made the announcement Wednesday.

The fair was first held in 1853 is one of the state’s largest annual attractions, bringing in roughly 1 million visitors every October.

The fair was last canceled during World War II.

Troxler also cited the uncertainty of whether current mass gathering restrictions will be eased.

Otherwise, Troxler says a survey of past fair ticket buyers suggested that this year’s fair wouldn’t be well attended.

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