2020 Harvest Fair Canceled


For the last 26 years, Harvest Fair has been a fall tradition that our community has come to know and love.

With the continued recommendations advising against mass gatherings, for the safety of Harvest Fair patrons, staff, vendors, entertainers, sponsors, suppliers and the broader community, Harvest Fair will not be held in 2020.

We look forward to celebrating with you next year at Harvest Fair scheduled for September 24 – 26, 2021!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why is the 2020 Harvest Fair canceled?2020-07-15T09:00:59-06:00

State Fair Park Board and staff have continued to closely monitor COVID-19 data from local, state and federal health officials during this time. While some restrictions had been lifted, new guidelines have recently been released due to the recent surges in the number of positive cases. The Centers of Disease Control (CDC) and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services still advise against large in-person gatherings where it is difficult for individuals to remain spaced at least six feet apart.

As we did with the Wisconsin State Fair, all facets of Harvest Fair were analyzed in hopes of being able to provide the experience that people have come to know and love. Unfortunately, we have determined that there is no way to safely hold an event of this size and magnitude while we are still in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Considering Harvest Fair has the potential to draw nearly 75,000 people over the course of three days, this weighed heavily into the decision to cancel the event.

Why was it not postponed instead?2020-07-15T09:02:15-06:00

Several large industries, including food and beverage, entertainment, and ride operations, as well as many small businesses and part-time employees, are paramount to putting on a successful Harvest Fair.

Unfortunately, postponing until later this year was not a viable option given factors including weather and the unknown status of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Why was the decision made now and not later?2020-07-15T09:03:03-06:00

Preparing for an event of this scale involves many large industries, small businesses and part-time employees. We simply can’t hold off any longer for the sake of the staff, vendors, operators, sponsors and partners. Supplies, food, equipment, travel plans and more all need to be finalized NOW.

Did you consider implementing mask requirements, temperature checks or instituting social distancing guidelines?2020-07-15T09:03:35-06:00

For the last few months our staff has explored countless options to modify Harvest Fair to account for new health and safety guidelines and restrictions. At the end of the day, any of these modifications would result in an event that is not the same Harvest Fair that we and our Fairgoers have come to know and love over the past 26 years.

Will you be having a drive-thru Harvest Fair like you did for the State Fair?2020-07-15T09:04:44-06:00

At this point, we have not made the determination of whether there will be alternative Harvest Fair activities or not.

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Will World Beef Expo still be happening that weekend?2020-07-15T09:06:02-06:00

For the most up-to-date information on World Beef Expo, please visit worldbeefexpo.com.

When is Harvest Fair scheduled for next year?2020-07-15T09:07:01-06:00

Harvest Fair is currently scheduled for September 24 – 26, 2021.

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