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Organizers of the State Fair of Texas announced Tuesday that this year's festivities, expected to draw 2.5 million people to North Texas over three weeks in the fall, are canceled out of concern for the coronavirus.


The last time the fair was canceled was during the WWII years, 1942-1945. It was canceled three times before that: during World War I (1918), and planning for the 1936 Texas Centennial Exposition and 1937 Pan American Exposition at Fair Park (1935 – 1937).

The 2021 State Fair of Texas is scheduled for Friday, September 24 through Sunday, October 17 in historic Fair Park in Dallas.

"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 times," the organization's website says.

The announcement left open the possibility of still having the Cotton Bowl football match-up if the seasons were allowed to begin.

Read the entire press release here.

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