State Fair of Oklahoma canceled due to COVID-19

By Jeff Shultz

Managing Editor

The State Fair of Oklahoma made it official Friday, June 26, announcing the 2020 State Fair has been canceled due to concerns of the recent spike in COVID-19 cases in the state.

The Oklahoma State Fair, Inc. said the safety and well-being of the fair’s patrons, participants and community is the highest priority each year.

Just how the cancellation of the state fair will impact plans for the Garvin County Fair is still being debated.

Garvin County Fair Board President Jed Dudley told the News Star that he needs to talk to the county commissioners and Assistant DA Carol Price-Dillingham before making any decision on the county fair.

“Right now I don’t have any reason to lean one way or another on the county fair. I and the board will have to get their input before we decide what to do,” Dudley said.

However, some fair board members have indicated since the state fair has been canceled, the only prudent response is to cancel this year’s county fair.

Fair board members will have to meet in a special meeting to decide the fate of the county fair.

The News Star will have more information on this story in next week’s issue.