Oklahoma State Fair canceled due to COVID-19 concerns
OKLAHOMA CITY (KXII) - The 2020 Oklahoma State Fair has been canceled due to health concerns after a rise in COVID-19 cases in the state.
Fair officials say they reached the decision to cancel after talking with other state fairs, state and local officials, public health agencies and national touring acts. The fair says they believe canceling is the correct course of action for community health and safety and to slow the potential spread of the virus.
“The impact of the State Fair’s cancellation will be felt far beyond the loss of our annual celebration,” stated Timothy J. O’Toole, President & CEO of Oklahoma State Fair, Inc. in a news release. “We are tremendously saddened for the businesses, large and small, that rely on the income and exposure that the State Fair brings them each year. We are also heartbroken for our staff, who have worked so diligently on planning for this year’s Fair; the competitors and exhibitors, who take part in our various creative arts, horse and livestock events; and of course, the general Fairgoers who look forward to attending the Fair each year.”
The Oklahoma State Department of Health reports 395 more people have tested positive for COVID-19 and two more have died, with one of those deaths in Texoma.
“We look forward to brighter, better days ahead when we can gather again to celebrate all that is exceptional about Oklahoma City and the State of Oklahoma,” O’Toole said. “Until then, stay safe, be well and support each other. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Oklahoma State Fair in 2021.”