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Colorado State Fair Will Happen This Year, With Pandemic Modifications

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Luke Runyon
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KUNC
Livestock shows are being allowed at this year's Colorado State Fair. A junior livestock show participant holds up a chicken in this Aug. 2013 file photo.

The Colorado State Fair will take place this year, but with changes to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The Colorado Department of Agriculture announced Tuesday the fair will allow certain livestock and 4-H events to go forward under new state and local public health guidelines. Limited food and vendor booths will also be allowed, along with a smaller carnival than previous years. Some virtual events are also being considered.

New guidelines laid out by Gov. Jared Polis this week allow for more people to attend outdoor events, like the fair.

"We take our responsibility to the safety of our State Fair patrons and participants very seriously," said Commissioner of Agriculture Kate Greenberg in a statement. "The advice and recommendations from Pueblo County Health and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, including new State guidance on outdoor events, were a key part of this lengthy and careful decision making process."

The fairgrounds in Pueblo have hosted a drive-through coronavirus testing site since mid-April.

More than 450,000 people attended the fair in 2019.

This year's event is scheduled to run from August 28 to September 7.