Grant Sarver July 7, 2020

Hope has faded for the pandemic not ruining our summer and fall plans. The recent surge in new COVID-19 cases is the largest breakout yet. There was hope that the pandemic might have been under control by June, but that prospect was thwarted when states began reopening in late April.


Summer in the year 2020 seems to be lost to the pandemic, and the recent increases in cases threatens fall activities too. Numerous state fairs, a large source of government contracting, have been cancelled across the country. The latest, the State Fair of Texas, announced its cancellation today citing the surge of new cases in North Texas.

State fairs are usually a time to promote a state’s thriving agricultural and industrial sectors. Governments will typically contract carnival rides, food, games, fireworks, and other fun family activities. Other needs include chairs, tents, tables, decorations, and most importantly, people. Staff at state fairs are usually volunteers, but hired professionals may also be needed.


State fairs are also a great opportunity for business advertising. A booth at a state fair has the potential to find new customers and clients. Thousands of people show up to these multi-day events. In some states, over 10% of the state population attends the fair.

However, these exciting opportunities will have to wait another year as the pandemic takes state fairs as another one of its victims. Next year’s fairs will be exceptionally exciting, and there is plenty of time to plan ahead for them.


About the Author

Grant Sarver is from Suwanee, Georgia. He is currently an undergraduate pursuing Bachelor’s degrees in International Affairs and Sociology at the University of Georgia with an expected graduation in December 2020. He is most interested in human rights and social equality and plans to work for an entity that helps fulfill people’s human rights.