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UPDATE: Originally canceled, Back to the '50s event back on in 2021

Back to the 50s event at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in 2019. Photo: KSTP/ Chris Knoll. Back to the 50s event at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in 2019.

Tommy Wiita
Updated: May 09, 2021 11:29 AM
Created: April 29, 2021 02:53 PM

After originally canceling the 2021 Back to the '50s event at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, the event will go on as scheduled for its 47th year.  

The news comes after Gov. Tim Walz's announcement of opening up more restrictions last week.

Regarding restrictions for the event, the only restriction that will remain are masks being required on the fairgrounds. The event is scheduled for June 18-20, Father's Day weekend. 

Organizers are also asking for more volunteers. For more information, click here.


A previous version of this story is featured below.

In what would have been the event's 47th year, this year's Back to the '50s event has been canceled due to the incapability of keeping up with COVID-19 guidelines if it were to take place as scheduled at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds.

Last year's event was canceled due to the ongoing pandemic as well. Next year's event is tentatively scheduled for June 17-19. 

The Minnesota Street Rod Association (MSRA) Board of Directors met with the Attorney General's Office and the state to discuss the many things the event would have to take note of, such as crowd size, masks, vendors and more.

Back to the 50's Weekend canceled due to COVID-19 concerns

"MSRA is responsible for enforcing all of the current guidelines and dealing with those that do not comply. If the Attorney General's Office of the Minnesota Department of Health sees any violations of the governor's executive order and/or the MDH's guidelines they can shut the event down at any time/or fine the MSRA for any such violations," the board posted in a statement. 

The MSRA notes that for the event to resume, they would need the allowed attendance to be closer to 40,000 people. The organization also said it didn't want volunteers to be tasked with enforcing guidelines.


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