Despite health director's opposition, Kansas State Fair will be held

Posted at 12:56 PM, Jul 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-01 13:56:44-04

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — Despite opposition from the state's top health director, the Kansas State Fair will be held this year.

The State Fair Board voted Tuesday to have the 10-day fair in September. Dr. Lee Norman, secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, told the board before its vote that the fair should not be held because of public health concerns.

Masks will be required only at indoor commercial and competitive display areas, and crowd sizes will not be limited.

Fair General Manager Robin Jennison said the staff has devised plans to respond to health concerns and those plans will be fine-tuned as needed.

The Missouri State Fair also will go on as planned, though without any concerts.