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California Mid-State Fair cancelled, owing to coronavirus shutdown

The California Mid-State Fair in Paso Robles is off for 2020, the Central Coast-based fair board announced Thursday.

During a Thursday morning special meeting of the 16th District Agricultural Association, which operates the San Luis Obispo County-based Mid-State Fair, board members unanimously voted to cancelled.

A key driver behind the cancellation? California’s continued prohibition on mass gatherings via Gov. Gavin Newsom’s statewide shelter-in-place order.

Mass gatherings like a major fair or sporting events have routinely been slotted in Newsom’s fourth of four reopening phases.

The fair, originally planned from July 22 to Aug. 1, is still exploring options for 4-H students will be able to show and sell animals.

Staff reports from The San Joaquin Valley Sun staff.