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DALLAS–For the first time since World War II, the State Fair of Texas will be cancelled in 2020.
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is the cause for this year’s cancellation. The State Fair has only been cancelled four other times for World War I (1918), planning for the 1936 Texas Centennial Exposition, 1937 Pan American Exposition at Fair Park and World War II (1942–1945).
“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,” Board Chair for the State Fair of Texas Gina Norris said in a statement.
Despite the fair forgoing this year’s festivities, respective conferences and universities with planned games at the Cotton Bowl, such as the annual Red River Rivalry game between Oklahoma University and the University of Texas, will be in charge of making those decisions.
Despite the cancellation, the State Fair says their commitment to their nonprofit mission of promoting agriculture, education and community involvement will continue.
Those that already bought season passes and tickets will automatically be issued refunds with no further action needed. Full purchase price, along with fees and shipping will be processed by your bank within 10-14 days of cancellation. If you have any questions, contact
Leftover coupons for food, beverages and rides never expire, so hold onto them for 2021.
Applications for the Big Tex Scholarship Program for eligible graduating seniors with college scholarships in 2021 will be open Friday, Sept. 25 and run through Monday, Feb. 1, 2021. To learn more about the Big Tex Scholarship Program or how to donate, please visit
“While we are heartbroken at the notion of not welcoming more than 2.5 million of our closest friends for this annual celebration of the Lone Star State, the excitement we feel in moving forward with planning the 2021 State Fair of Texas and keeping this 134-year tradition alive will keep us motivated until we can greet our fairgoers, seasonal staff and business partners again in a safe environment,” President of the State Fair of Texas Mitchell Glieber said.
The 2021 State Fair runs Friday, Sept. 24 through Sunday, Oct. 17.