When the Renaissance Fair ends, the science fair will still have its shine
The Renaissance Fair, the largest science fair in the United States, is set to end on Monday with the announcement that the fair’s organizers have dropped the term “science fair” and replaced it with “education fair.”
“The fair will no longer be known as the Science Fair and the fair will now be known by its acronym,” organizers of the fair told the Associated Press on Monday.
The announcement came hours after a federal judge ordered the Fair’s organizers to turn over a record of all grant funding, which was previously provided to the organization by a government agency.
The judges said the documents should be turned over by next week.
The court ruling came less than two weeks after the fair had been open for two weeks, with more than 3,000 students from a variety of universities participating in the three-day event.
The Fair was supposed to have been held in Washington, D.C., and was set to be the first science fair held outside of the United Kingdom.
“We are pleased to announce that we have removed the term ‘science fair’ from the fair description and will now call the event ‘education fair,'” the organizers said in a statement.
The fair has also been closed to non-citizens.
In its initial statement, organizers wrote, “As a part of this decision, we have also announced that we will no long be operating as the Renaissance Fairs in D. C. and will no further sponsor or participate in the fair in Washington.”
The announcement comes after President Donald Trump’s administration issued an order to block the fair and the funding it provided to it.
Trump said the order was aimed at stopping the fair from receiving “critical federal funding” and that he was “very disappointed” that organizers were using the term science fair.
Trump, however, told the AP that the president was not responsible for the decision.