Texas State Fair canceled for 2020 because of coronavirus

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This is the fair's first cancellation since World War II.

The State Fair of Texas. Photo credit: Allison V. Smith for The Texas Tribune


Texas State Fair canceled for 2020 because of coronavirus” was first published by The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.


The State Fair of Texas, slated for this fall, was canceled Tuesday because of ongoing concerns about the spread of the coronavirus, fair organizers said in a public statement.


“One of the greatest aspects of the Fair is welcoming each and every person who passes through our gates with smiles and open arms,” said Gina Norris, board chair for the State Fair of Texas, in a written statement. “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.”


The fair, a longstanding tradition for many Texans, was rescheduled to run next year from Sept. 24 through Oct. 17 in Fair Park, located in Dallas. More than 2.5 million people attended the fair last year.


Fair organizers said this is its first cancellation since World War II.


This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at https://www.texastribune.org/2020/07/07/texas-state-fair-canceled-coronavirus/.


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