A fire destroyed two key buildings at the state fairgrounds in 1967. (Oregon State Fair Archives photo)

A fire destroyed two key buildings at the state fairgrounds in 1967. (Oregon State Fair Archives photo)

Gov. Tom McCall gets a briefing as a fire destroyed two key buildings at the state fairgrounds in 1967. (Oregon State Fair Archives photo)

A crowd gathers in an early version of the grandstand at the state fairgrounds in 1913. (OSU Special Collections and Archives photo)

U.S. Senator John Kennedy addresses fair goers at the state fairgrounds in 1960 while running for president. (Oregon State Fair Archives photo)

U.S. Senator John Kennedy addresses fair goers at the state fairgrounds in 1960 while running for president. (Oregon State Fair Archives photo)

U.S. Sen. Mark Hatfield helps dedicate the new Jackman-Long Building in 1976, replacing a commercial building destroyed by fire in 1967. (Oregon State Fair Archives photo)

Gerry Frank of Salem awards yet another ribbon during the judging for his Chocolate Cake Contest in 2001. He has judged it for 60 years but will miss this year as the Oregon State Fair has been canceled. (Gerry Frank photo)

An entry in the Gerry Frank Chocolate Cake Contest in 2019 at the Oregon State Fair. Frank has conducted the cake contest - and been the judge - for 60 years. (Oregon State Fair Council photo)

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)

Seating in the L.B. Day Amphitheater at the state fairgrounds in Salem on May 12, 2020. The 2020 Oregon State Fair was recently canceled due to COVID-19. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

Wayne Petersen, director of events and fair vendors, walks through the L.B. Day Amphitheater at the state fairgrounds in Salem on May 12, 2020. The 2020 Oregon State Fair was recently canceled due to COVID-19. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

Wayne Petersen, director of events and fair vendors, opens up the gate to the L.B. Day Amphitheater at the state fairgrounds in Salem on May 12, 2020. The 2020 Oregon State Fair was recently canceled due to COVID-19. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

A flag hangs in the Pavilion at the state fairgrounds in Salem on May 12, 2020. The 2020 Oregon State Fair was recently canceled due to COVID-19. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

A mop hangs over a railing inside of the Pavilion at the state fairgrounds in Salem on May 12, 2020. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

A mural above the milking parlor in the Forster Livestock Pavilion at the state fairgrounds in Salem on May 12, 2020. The 2020 Oregon State Fair was recently canceled due to COVID-19. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

A food stand on the side of the historic Horse Stadium at the state fairgrounds in Salem on May 12, 2020. The 2020 Oregon State Fair was recently canceled due to COVID-19. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

Fencing and livestock panels are stored inside of the Beef Barn at the state fairgrounds in Salem, OR on May 12, 2020. The 2020 Oregon State Fair was recently cancelled due to COVID-19. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

Wayne Petersen, director of expo center events and fair vendors, walks into the Forster Livestock Pavilion at the state fairgrounds in Salem on May 12, 2020. The 2020 Oregon State Fair was recently canceled due to COVID-19. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

The Arctic Blast roller coaster stands quiet at the state fairgrounds in Salem on May 12, 2020. The 2020 Oregon State Fair was recently canceled due to COVID-19. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

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