A recent engineering study revealed several structural issues that lead to the tearing down of the main concert stage at the State Fair of West Virginia.
Photos surfaced on social media Monday, October 26, revealing the surprising development at the fairgrounds.
“This was not planned,” said Kelly Collins, CEO of the State Fair of West Virginia. “Is anything planned in 2020? But the study revealed the stage was not safe and had to come down.”
Collins said that the fair will move to using a temporary stage in 2021 if they are able to return to holding the annual statewide event.
“The temporary stage will give us some flexibility,” Collins said. “We can even move it back some and allow for more seating.”
Collins also stated that the temporary stage will allow the fair board to better plan for a new stage instead of the organization jumping into a hefty financial project for which they weren’t ready.