May 23, 2020 update from the Hopkinton State Fair Board of Directors.
It is the start of Memorial Day Weekend, the ‘unofficial’ start to summer, and the weather looks to be excellent for the next few days. It’s been a long couple of months and we know that most of you are looking to get out and enjoy some time with family and friends. Some will have a get together at home, some will be going away to visit others, or camping, playing golf, or just getting outside enjoying the weather. As states begin to open up to more businesses and recreational activities please remember that there are some differences between neighboring states. Also, remember to be aware of the feelings and concerns of others. There are still many people that are scared and afraid of what may be next, and with good reason. There are others that are totally comfortable with some social interaction and even some who could ‘care less’ and feel they are free to do whatever they want.
For 104 years, the Hopkinton State Fair has been a summer staple event for Fair goers far and wide to enjoy. The Labor Day Weekend tradition, also known as the unofficial ‘end to summer’ has provided high quality agricultural education, food options, various entertainment, motorsports in the grandstand, and thrilling rides in the midway.
Currently the 105th Fair is still scheduled to operate September 4, through September 7, 2020, however we have been in a ‘holding pattern’ for the past few weeks closely following the latest updates to come out from the CDC and the state of New Hampshire. It is thought that the Fair may have to take on a ‘different look’ if it can be held. That said, we continue to prepare, plan and explore all options for the 2020 Fair to make it the best it can be given the current situation.
Additionally, and most important, the safety of fairgoers, volunteers, and staff is paramount, and these are trying times for all. We would love to see this annual event continue as planned but we need to be sure we can ensure that we can provide the safety expected by everyone who attends so that they feel good about being there, have a great time, and return another year for more good times.
The fair office remains closed, and almost all non-fair summer events have been cancelled, however if you have questions or thoughts, we suggest that you send email (firstname.lastname@example.org). We will do our best to respond within a 24-hour time period.
Again, we want all of you to have a great weekend and enjoy the coming weeks and months of summer. Just remember, do not let your guard down, stay smart and stay safe.