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Oklahoma State Fair Canceled Amid Coronavirus Pandemic
USAgNet - 06/29/2020

The 2020 Oklahoma State Fair has been canceled amid the coronavirus pandemic. Organizers announced Friday that the decision was based on the evolving COVID-19 health crisis, its impact on the community health and well-being.

A news release said after extensive communications with the event's partners, including other state fairs, national touring acts, state and local officials, as well as public health agencies, it became clear to the Oklahoma State Fair's Board of Directors that cancelation 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," stated Timothy J. O'Toole, President & CEO of Oklahoma State Fair, Inc. "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."

Popular event Disney On Ice at the state fair had previously announced its cancellation as well.

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