The Oklahoma State Fair for 2020 has been canceled due the coronavirus.
The fair was scheduled for September 17 to 27 at the OKC Fairgrounds, 3001 General Pershing Boulevard.
The Oklahoma State Fair, Inc. said the safety and well-being of the fair's visitors, participants and community is the highest priority each year.
The Oklahoma State Fair's Board of Directors decided the cancellation was the prudent choice for 2020 and the correct course of action for the Oklahoma State Fair to do its part for community health and safety and to mitigate the potential spread of infection.
“The impact of the State Fair’s cancellation will be felt far beyond the loss of our annual celebration,” Timothy J. O’Toole, President & CEO of Oklahoma State Fair, Inc., said 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.”
“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.”