Posted Wednesday, July 8, 2020 9:28 AM | Contributed by bigboy
The 2020 State Fair of Texas has been canceled due to COVID-19. Fair officials posted the announcement to the state fair's website Tuesday morning. It is the first time the fair has been canceled since World War II.
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As much as this sucks from a fall entertainment tradition standpoint, it sucks even worse from a financial and economic perspective. A lot of individuals and vendors make their year on the state fair. I've heard that the corn dog vendor that has been the staple of the fair for decades brings in money approaching 7 figures during the fair run.
Well yes. It also sucks for Ohio, Minnesota, Iowa, Indiana, Illinois, and a host of other states and counties with huge, well attended events, all cancelled. And each not only with its own Corny Dog, but many vendors and exhibitors that build their yearly income on shows like that. It’s a shame, and many have gone out of business. (Don’t worry, Corny Dog, Sweet Martha’s, and Tom Thumb Donuts will survive to see another year)
Oddly, (or maybe not), the Kentucky State Fair will go as scheduled, but with modifications. What many don’t realize is that their fair is primarily indoors. (Ever see those huge buildings on the edge of KK’s parking lot? That’s it.) Non-livestock entries are cancelled. There’s a big arena there, but I’m not sure about big shows and concerts. The outdoor midway (Kissel) will go on with distancing and sanitizing. Usually Kentucky Kingdom is open and it’s a good time to go, but I don’t k ow about thi year.
Edit: Non-livestock entries ARE cancelled, not aren’t.
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