For the eighth time in the 134-year history of the fair, the State Fair of Texas will be canceled for the coming season. The fair announced this on its website on Tuesday morning and cited the persistent COVID-19 pandemic as the reason.
“With a heavy heart we announce that the State Fair of Texas will not open for the 2020 season. We believe that the spirit of the Lone Star state lies in the ability of every Texan to look after and look after his neighbors to hold, and that’s the way it is. ” For this reason, we have decided to keep our guests, employees and partners safe and healthy in this uncertain time. Click the button below for more information on these messages, including refund information for those who have already bought a ticket. I look forward to welcoming you in 2021
In a message on its YouTube channel, the State Fair of Texas said the decision to close this year’s fair was made so that we could best take care of our neighbors and those we love.
“Being Texan means being friendly and helping. This year, these key features of a Texan affair are more important than ever. With that in mind, we need to take care of our neighbors and protect those we love. This means the state Fair of Texas will not open for the 2020 season. We share this news with a heavy heart, but we know it is the right decision for everyone, “the fair said in the video.
Trade fair visitors who have bought tickets or season tickets for the trade fair will automatically receive refunds. Refunds should be completed in 10-14 days – anyone who has questions can contact [email protected] Vouchers bought in previous years are always good at the fair and never expire.
The organizers said they spoke to “fair visitors, concessionaires, commercial exhibitors, midway operators, automakers, business partners, employees, medical experts and government officials” before deciding to cancel this year’s fair.
The fair said they were working on emergency plans to ensure the safety of participants and workers, but knew that failure of any of these plans would only help spread the virus.
“We are broken about not welcoming more than 2.5 million of our closest friends to this annual Lone Star State celebration, but the excitement we feel as we move forward with the planning of the State Fair 2021 in Texas and this Maintaining 134 Years The living tradition will motivate us until we can welcome our trade fair visitors, seasonal workers and business partners back into a safe environment, ”said Mitchell Glieber, President of the State Fair of Texas.
The step of canceling this year’s fair is not a complete surprise. Officials told NBC 5 in May that the Midway would remain closed on July 4th due to the pandemic, and that they would focus their efforts on the annual fair and try to find a way to keep it open this fall.
The fair said that they were fortunate to be in a healthy financial position and that charitable efforts continue, and that the Big Tex Youth Livestock Auction and Cattle Shows, the Big Texas Scholarship Program, Big Tex Urban Farms, and other public relations initiatives continue to be financed.
The organizers said that the NCAA, the respective conferences and universities that play soccer games in the Cotton Bowl during the show, will make decisions about whether or not these games will take place, but if they do, they will take place in the Fair Park.
Chris Del Conte, UT’s vice president and athletics director, said in a statement on Tuesday that the Longhorns are preparing to play the Sooners at Fair Park on October 10, but note that this may change due to the pandemic.
“While we certainly respect and understand the Dallas people’s decision to cancel this year’s State Fair of Texas, we expect our annual Red River Showdown with Oklahoma to take place at the Cotton Bowl and we continue to prepare for it “Said Del Conte.
Joe Castiglione, vice president and director of athletics at OU, had a similar message, saying that the Sooners hope to play the game in Dallas, but will monitor the situation.
“We understand and respect the decision of the State Fair of Texas and recognize that it was an extremely difficult one. We still hope to be able to play the OU Texas game at the Cotton Bowl, but of course every aspect of our season requires constant monitoring and planning. The best thing we can all do right now is to follow CDC guidelines closely to reduce the spread of the virus. “
So far, there has been no statement from Grambling State or Prairie View A & M to play in the Cotton Bowl on September 26th.
The theme of the 2020 fair was “Celebrating Texas Icons” and was to honor the larger-than-life symbols of the Lone Star State. Think of things like Willie Nelson, Space Shuttles, and Tacos.
The cancellation of this year’s State Fair of Texas is the first time in 75 years that the fair has not been opened since the Second World War. The fair was previously canceled due to the First World War (1918) and was planning the Texas Centennial Exposition 1936 and the Pan American Exposition 1937 in Fair Park (1935-1937) and the Second World War (1942-1945).
The State Fair of Texas will return in 2021 and will run from Friday, September 24th to Sunday, October 17th.