Is the State Fair of Texas Happening or Not?
Things are quickly changing day-to-day, but Texans want to know if the State Fair of Texas is happening or not.
According to a report from the Dallas Morning News, preparations are underway for the 2021 State Fair of Texas.
Even the State Fair of Texas' own site suggests the same with this statement:
"2021 is looking bright! This year, the State Fair of Texas is celebrating 135 years of Texan pride and we’re busy preparing one heck of a safe and festive shindig in the fall. It will be the return of your favorite Fair time traditions, including a huge “Howdy Folks!” from the iconic 55-foot cowboy himself, Big Tex."
Although, that doesn't necessarily mean that there's a green light on the event.
Karissa Condoianis, spokeswoman and senior vice president of public relations, told the Dallas Morning News that the State Fair of Texas is taking “an optimistic and measured approach” for the 2021 season.
AKA, things are still up in the air, but they're hopeful that the State Fair of Texas can resume this year.
The board for the State Fair of Texas is said to be in communications daily, and they hope to have a final answer by July.
Codoianais had the following statement for the Dallas Morning News regarding the 2021 fair season:
"If the fair opens, it may look different from every other year to ensure a safe environment. If the fair is granted approval to open, it will implement all preventive measures recommended by the CDC and other relevant health and government agencies.”
Roughly translating that quote, if you thought lines for concessions and rides were long before, just wait until you see this year's.
Back in February, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo was cancelled due to COVID-19 safety concerns, but some youth livestock events were still scheduled to take place in March and May.
The State Fair of Texas doesn't start until late summer (September 24 is the planned opening day), so we'll see what happens as Texas' statewide mask mandate expires and businesses begin operating at full capacity.
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