After a one-year hiatus, the Oklahoma State Fair is back this Thursday.
The Oklahoma State Fair will be taking COVID-19 precautions but will not be enforcing a mask mandate.
While you don't have to have proof of vaccination or wear a mask to attend, social distancing is recommended.
Vaccinations will also be available through Passport Health during the fair.
Fair employees said they are eager to make up for lost time.
“For those who participate in the Oklahoma State Fair, this is their livelihood,” said Scott Munz, spokesman for the fair. “Their livelihood was shut down for 12-14 months and we’re excited for another opportunity to get back on track.”
Vendors are excited to serve the community again and get back to business.
However, Richie O'Neil, owner of Cheese Curd Tacos, said vendor attendance is different this year.
"At the fair, it's been a little bit down, the number of vendors,” said O’Neil. “There's a couple new people setting up that I've never seen before, but I would say overall it's not as many vendors as in the past."
O’Neil said many businesses were impacted economically and had to close during the pandemic.
But, Munz said that's just the reality of any business hit by COVID.
"You have to realize that everyone out here is working under difficult conditions, and they're doing the best they can,” Munz said. “We just encourage people to come out, be patient, wear comfortable shoes and clothes, and just come on out. It's been a long time and we're excited to be back."
The fair will run until next Sunday, Sept 26.
According to the OK State Fair website, all guests are encouraged to follow healthy behaviors to best protect themselves, including: