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State Fair of Texas pulls the plug on 2020 season

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Big Tex says, “Until we meet again, see y’all in 2021!”

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The State Fair of Texas announced Tuesday it plans to cancel the 2020 season.

“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, in a release. “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’s the first time the State Fair has been forced to cancel since World War II.

Luckily, though, the Texas Longhorns and Oklahoma Sooners game isn’t canceled. The NCAA, Big 12 and the universities will be in charge of making decisions regarding the game.

In other words, see you at the Cotton Bowl, according to the fair’s statement.

“Though we certainly respect and understand the decision of the folks in Dallas on their cancellation of this year’s State Fair of Texas, we fully anticipate that our annual Red River Showdown with Oklahoma will be played in the Cotton Bowl and are continuing to prepare for that,” Texas athletics director Chris Del Conte said in a statement.

“We know the decision to cancel the fair was an extremely difficult one for everyone involved and that we all are dealing with a very fluid situation during these unprecedented times. But, as we’re doing with all of our fall season planning, we will continue to monitor the situation closely, work through contingencies and make the best possible decisions we can with the health, safety and well-being of everyone involved as our number one priority.”