The 2020 Oregon State Fair, originally scheduled to run from August 28 through September 7, is canceled per State of Oregon restrictions on the size of mass gatherings. The announcement was made today by Oregon’s governor: mass gatherings are prohibited through September as part of the Governor’s phased reopening plan. This decision was driven by the need to guarantee safe social distancing to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, aka COVID-19.
The Oregon State Fair Council had hoped to continue the 156-year tradition of this classic American state fair. But the Council fully supports the State of Oregon’s measured, scientific, and responsible approach to combatting COVID-19.
The health and safety of fairgoers, exhibitors, competitors, performers, sponsors, vendors, contractors, volunteers and staff is the top priority of the Oregon State Fair and Exposition Center.
The Fair’s management and staff is currently focused on developing a strategy to reopen these facilities when appropriate, and to welcome guests back for the 2021 Oregon State Fair, scheduled for August 27 through September 6 of next year.
A Public Corporation is an entity that is created by the state to carry out public missions and services. In order to carry out these public missions and services, a public corporation participates in activities or provides services that are also provided by private enterprise. A public corporation is granted increased operating flexibility in order to best ensure its success, while retaining principles of public accountability and fundamental public policy. The board of directors of a public corporation is appointed by the Governor but is otherwise delegated the authority to set policy and manage the operations of the public corporation.
The mission of the Oregon State Fair & Exposition Center is to provide a reason and a place for all people to gather, connect, learn, embrace excellence in all forms and celebrate the achievements of Oregonians.
We envision a relevant Oregon State Fair & Exposition Center that embodies good stewardship of the public’s trust and serves as a self-sustaining asset for Oregonians to treasure long into the future.
Adopted by the Oregon State Fair Council on 12/4/14
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