Tennessee State Fair cancels 2020 event in Nashville due to COVID-19

For more than 150 years, the Tennessee State Fair has served as a 10-day gathering for agricultural and educational activities. (Courtesy Tennessee State Fair)
For more than 150 years, the Tennessee State Fair has served as a 10-day gathering for agricultural and educational activities. (Courtesy Tennessee State Fair)

For more than 150 years, the Tennessee State Fair has served as a 10-day gathering for agricultural and educational activities. (Courtesy Tennessee State Fair)

Tennessee State Fair officials announced June 8 that the annual event will not be held this year due to health concerns surrounding COVID-19.

For more than 150 years, the Tennessee State Fair has served as a 10-day gathering for agricultural and educational activities. This year’s event was originally set for Sept. 11-20 at The Fairgrounds Nashville.

"The more we talked with local and state officials, gathered information from those involved with other similar events, and discussed the topic thoroughly within our own board, we came to the conclusion that it would be best this year to not host a traditional State Fair," Tennessee State Fair Manager Scott Jones said in a press release.

Although fair events such as livestock competitions, live entertainment programs, pageants and other activities have been canceled, Jones said fair organizers are working on plans to hold contests, exhibits, virtual events and other activities Sept. 11-20.

"While we make these plans, we acknowledge that we must be ever so conscious of maintaining a healthy and safe environment and abiding by the guidelines that have been established by healthcare officials locally and nationwide," Jones said. "We plan to do our very best to provide some agenda that will still make it entertaining and educational to attend an abbreviated production of the fair this year."


The 2021 Tennessee State Fair is scheduled to open Sept. 10, according to the release.