SPOKANE COUNTY, June 10, 2020 –– After significant deliberation and discussion, the Spokane County Fair and Expo Center Advisory Board and the Board of County Commissioners have reached a decision that the 2020 Spokane County Interstate Fair & Rodeo will not be held in its traditional format.
In the weeks and months leading up to early September, everyone is invited to visit the Spokane County Interstate Fair website at www.interstatefair.org and the Fair’s Facebook page @SpokaneCountyInterstateFair for updates and additional information about the new format for the 2020 Fair.
Advisory Board Chair Craig Opsal stated, “We have been cautiously optimistic as we proceeded with the planning for this year’s Fair, but with the unknowns related to COVID-19 it was too big of a challenge and risk to continue planning for a normal Fair. This decision was the hardest we’ve ever had to make.”
Chair of the Spokane County Board of Commissioners, Al French stated, “When we started planning for this year’s fair, no one could have foreseen the chain of events that would result in the disruption of the 69th annual fair. The Fair creates nearly $10 million in economic impact. We realize this decision will have a large financial impact to vendors, suppliers, exhibitors, and our community.” Speaking of this year’s new format for the fair, Commissioner French added, “Staff is busy planning fun and creative ways to stay engaged with the community and possibly create a virtual fair experience. We ask all our sponsors, partners, and the entire Spokane area for their continued support as we explore a new virtual format for the 2020 Fair. Virtual Fairs are trending around the Country in the face of challenges presented by COVID-19.”
Spokane County Fair and Expo Director, Erin Gurtel stated, “We made this difficult decision in the best interest of the community. The health and safety of our attendees, staff, volunteers, exhibitors, vendors, sponsors, and attraction providers is our highest priority.” Gurtel added, “Together, we are #FairStrong and we’re already counting the days until we can safely gather to celebrate the Spokane County Interstate Fair in its traditional format in 2021.”