COVID-19 concerns aren't canceling the California Mid-State Fair in Paso Robles this summer, at least not yet, but organizers are planning for all possibilities.
"It is our sincere hope that we are able to put on the 2020 California Mid-State Fair as scheduled, July 22 - August 2," fair spokesman Tom Keffury said in an email Thursday to KSBY News.
Keffury says they are following all guidelines and recommendations from the state, Department of Food & Agriculture and local health officials, adding that feedback from the community, vendors and others has been "overwhelmingly supportive."
"We are remaining positive, and are hopeful the current State and County shelter-at-home order can be rolled back in time for the annual Fair," Keffury said.
Fair board and staff members are reportedly working on two different plans due to the ongoing pandemic, one being the normal planning of the fair and the second being an alternate scenario if the fair were to be canceled or postponed, Keffury said.
Last year's fair brought in an estimated $80 million for the city of Paso Robles.