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State Fair ‘cautiously preparing’ to open despite COVID-19

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PUEBLO, Colo. (KRDO) -- For the time being, the Colorado State Fair's Board and staff are cautiously planning for the fair's gates to be open to the public on August 28h despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

Scott Stoller, the Executive Director at the Colorado State Fair says the board hopes to have a decision made by June 24th, 60 days before the fair start date.

If the state fair is greenlit then, concert ticket sales will begin on July 10th, instead of June.

Four groups have ultimate say over whether or not the fair will go on as planned: the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, the Pueblo County Department of Health and Environment, the 11-member board of the Colorado State Fair, and ultimately Gov. Jared Polis and his staff.

Stoller says the state fair does not want to push the envelope. If they are advised to not hold public gatherings then they will cancel the event.

However, for the time being the state fair is paying close attention to Governor Polis' COVID-19 related Executive Orders, and preparing for both scenarios.

"Hypothetically this could go away and we could have a fair. We don't want to be doing nothing, then find out we only have 60 days to put a fair together," said Stoller. "On the other side of that, we could find out 60 days out we aren't having a fair. So it is a lot more work for our staff right now because they are doing two jobs."

If Colorado State Fair were to go ahead in late August, Stoller says they will have more precautions in place, including taking temperatures at the doors.

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