With Oregon State Fair canceled, millions in income lost, events scrapped

The Oregon State Fair draws several hundred thousand visitors each year and this drone view in 2019 shows the colorful mix of rides and booths. Salem's economy will lose millions from the cancellation of the 2020 fair. (Oregon State Fair Council photo)

There will be no home brew or wine competitions.

No demolition derby.

No funnel cakes.

The summer-ending ritual of going to the Oregon State Fair and flushing money into the Salem economy is gone for 2020.

The decision came quickly last week, but not easily.

Gov. Kate Brown told the state that large gatherings wouldn’t be permitted until September at the earliest.

Among those listening were members of the Oregon State Fair Council and fair executives.

“When this all came down, we . . .