The State Fair of Texas has been canceled for the 2020 season over concerns of the coronavirus.
State Fair officials made the accouncement on their website Tuesday morning, saying: "With a heavy heart, we are announcing that the State Fair of Texas will not open for the 2020 season. 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."
Fair officials say they made the decision to cancel after talking with exhibitors, concessionaires, fairgoers and medical experts.
Karissa Condoianis with the State Fair says the decision has a $400 million impact to the Dallas area. The Fair Board says they will try to come up with a way to hold competitive livestock shows so that rural students who have worked years to raise animals have a way to compete for prizes and scholarships.
As for the college football games that are scheduled during the Fair; University of Texas, University of Oklahoma, Prairie View A&M and Grambling will make their own decision on whether to play at the Cotton Bowl.
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.
This will be the first time since World War II that the State Fair of Texas has not opened.
The State Fair of Texas has previously canceled Fairs because of World War I (1918), planning for the 1936 Texas Centennial Exposition and 1937 Pan American Exposition at Fair Park (1935 – 1937), and World War II (1942 – 1945).