Planning Continues For State Fair of Texas, Organizers Keeping Eye On COVID-19

State Fair of Texas President Mitchell Glieber shared in a letter that the fair is planning for fair festivities as usual this fall, but organizers are keeping a watchful eye on the spread of COVID-19.

“Unless any orders are in place by local, state, or federal agencies, or health and safety concerns exist, the State Fair of Texas will plan on welcoming guests as usual while implementing all preventive measures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other relevant health agencies,” the letter read. “Despite the uncertainties we all face during this time, we look forward to September and having Big Tex welcome everyone to the most Texan place on Earth. However, you can rest assured the State Fair of Texas will do what is right for the health and wellness of our community-at-large.”

Glieber noted that planning and preparing for the fair is a year-long effort.

“Producing an event of this size and scope, that Texans and visitors from around the world have come to expect, requires year-round efforts from our hardworking State Fair team to continue in the hopes we are able to open this year,” the letter continued. “The health and safety of our guests, staff, and partners are our top priority. We are closely monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation and will circulate necessary communications, as needed, related to the annual State Fair of Texas.”

To check for updates, visit the State Fair of Texas’ website or follow the fair’s social media pages. 

Rachel Snyder

Rachel Snyder, deputy editor at People Newspapers, joined the staff in 2019, returning to her native Dallas-Fort Worth after starting her career at community newspapers in Oklahoma. One of her stories won first place in its category in the Oklahoma Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest in 2018. She’s a fan of puns and community journalism, not necessarily in that order. You can reach her at

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