State Fair of Texas Canceled Due to Coronavirus Concerns

by Jacklyn Krol
Texas State Fair

The State Fair of Texas has canceled its 2020 annual event. The fair was scheduled to kick off on September 25 and run through October 17 at the historic Fair Park.

Festival Organizers made the announcement on their website on Tuesday (July 7). “With a heavy heart, we are announcing that the State Fair of Texas will not open for the 2020 season,” the message read. “We believe the spirit of the Lone Star state lies in every Texan’s ability to care and look out for their neighbor and it is with this in mind, we have decided to keep our guests, staff, and partners safe and healthy during these uncertain time… We look forward to giving y’all a great big Howdy in 2021.”

The fair has been a staple in Texas for the last 134 years. This marks the first time the fair had to cancel since World War II. The fair was previously canceled in 1918 during World War I, 1936 and 1937 for the Texas Centennial Exposition, and World War II from 1942 through 1945. 

The 2021 State Fair of Texas has been scheduled for September 24 through October 17 in historic Fair Park.

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Refunds

For those who purchased tickets or season passes to the fair, you will automatically be reimbursed. There is no action required to receive your refund that will include service fees and shipping. Allow 10-14 days for the refund to be fully processed. Finally, for fans that have ride, beverage, or food coupons, these passes never expire, be sure to keep them.

NCAA Football Season

The fair also released a statement regarding the 2020 NCAA season. As of now, there is no official word on if the games will be taking place.

“While the State Fair of Texas is canceled for 2020, the NCAA, respective conferences, and participating universities – the University of Texas & University of Oklahoma and Prairie View A&M University & Grambling State University – will be in charge of making decisions regarding the football games that occur at Cotton Bowl Stadium during this unprecedented time of COVID-19,” the statement read.  “Should football be played this fall, the schools will be playing in the Cotton Bowl as scheduled, despite the cancellation of the 2020 State Fair. We will share those details as soon as we know more.”  

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