Wisconsin State Fair returns for 2021 with pandemic changes
The Wisconsin State Fair returns Thursday after last year’s event was canceled due to COVID-19, but with the delta variant of the coronavirus spreading across the state, organizers say the edition of this year will not be completely back to normal.
This is the 170th edition of the show and will run daily until August 15th.
Jen Puente is the show’s marketing director. She said masks are recommended, but not required, in fairground buildings. New CDC Guidelines even suggest that people who have been fully vaccinated mask themselves indoors.
“I think everyone would agree that it kind of wreaked havoc on our lives, especially these last, you know, about 18 months,” Puente said.
The announcement that the fair would go ahead this year arrived at the end of April.
We had a lot of sponsors and vendors who weren’t willing to sign up and be able to issue contracts until we confirmed that we are having a fair, so the planning has been very, very rushed this year. ”Said Puente. We have the impression that we are not missing a thing and that we are still able to move forward with a great fair. “
Puente said the fair is doing everything possible to ensure the safety of people while maintaining the basic state fair experience.
“We also had a year and more to be able to get together with friends and family, and this is really where the state fair reigns supreme, is that we provide this opportunity for people to come together. “said Puente. “After a year off, and a lot of people, you know, going through their struggles, we’re trying to have the best, most normal fair possible.”
Puente said the fair will follow new developments in COVID-19 in the coming days.
Among other changes, some events, such as the daily parades, will not take place this year. The hours of the fair will also be shortened, and entry and parking will be cashless.
Other aspects of the fair will continue. The main stage, for example, will feature a wide range of acts, from comedian Gabriel Iglesias to Beach Boys and Christian rock band Skillet.
“We are so excited to get back to traditions,” Puente said. “The Importance of the State Fair comes together to celebrate everything we are so proud of in Wisconsin.”