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State Fair of West Virginia officials still planning 96th annual fair

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Fairlea, W.Va. (WVVA) - Despite current restrictions in place for gatherings over 25 people due to the Coronavirus pandemic, State Fair of West Virginia CEO Kelly Collins says planning for the 96th annual State Fair of West Virginia is still underway- though for how much longer fair officials are not sure.

"We’re going to follow guidance from the CDC as well as our local and state officials. If they say they’re uncomfortable or it’s unsafe to have a state fair, then we’ll absolutely pull the plug. It’s just such a big event we just have to keep planning right now," said Collins.

Collins said the fair's board will make a decision in mid-June after consulting with community leaders and the health department.

Collins said the board is likely to prioritize public safety over fair profits. "Public health is always gonna come first here at the state fair. So in the end we’re going to make the right decision but just because the magnitude of the event we have to keep planning right now," said Collins. Collins cited contracts

Haley Brown

Multimedia Journalist

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