State Fair of Texas canceled due to coronavirus concerns
The 2020 State Fair of Texas has officially been canceled.
“This was an extremely tough decision. The health and safety of all involved has remained our top priority throughout the decision-making process,” said Gina Norris, board chair for the State Fair of Texas. “One of the greatest aspects of the Fair is welcoming each and every person who passes through our gates with smiles and open arms. In the current climate of COVID-19, there is no feasible way for the Fair to put proper precautions in place while maintaining the Fair environment you know and love. While we cannot predict what the COVID-19 pandemic will look like in September, the recent surge in positive cases is troubling for all of North Texas. The safest and most responsible decision we could make for all involved at this point in our 134-year history is to take a hiatus for the 2020 season.”
It is just the eighth time in the fair’s 134-year history that it has been canceled. According to a statement, it was a thoughtful and extensive decision-making process from the State Fair of Texas Board of Directors. They sought advice and input from fairgoers, concessionaires, commercial exhibitors, Midway operators, auto manufacturers, business partners, staff, medical experts, and government officials before reaching their decision.
“The Fair realizes the impact not holding a Fair will have on our loyal fans, valued partners, and the North Texas economy, but we must do what is right for the health and wellness of our community,” part of the statement read.
The State Fair Board of Directors are still considering options for a livestock show and virtual fair.
You can find more details and read the full statement here.