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2020 State Fair of Texas has been canceled, as COVID-19 concerns peak. Here’s what that means for the Cotton Bowl


The 2020 State Fair of Texas has been canceled. The fair’s Board of Directors voted yesterday to cancel the annual State Fair of Texas it’s the first time since World War II that the State Fair of Texas has not opened.

“While we cannot predict what the COVID-19 pandemic will look like in September, the recent surge in positive cases is troubling for all of North Texas, a fair spokeswoman said. “The safest and most responsible decision we could make for all involved at this point in our 134-year history is to take a hiatus for the 2020 season.”

Of course, what you really wanna know is: What does this mean for the Cotton Bowl?

The State Fair of Texas says the NCAA, respective conferences, and participating universities – the University of Texas & University of Oklahoma and Prairie View A&M University & Grambling State University will be in charge of making decisions regarding the football games that occur at Cotton Bowl Stadium this fall. Those details haven’t yet been released.

The State Fair of Texas has previously canceled Fairs because of World War I (1918), planning for the 1936 Texas Centennial Exposition and 1937 Pan American Exposition at Fair Park (1935 – 1937), and World War II (1942 – 1945).

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