For the first time since World War II, the Fort Bend County Fair will be canceled. The popular annual event, originally scheduled to take place from September 25 to October 4, won’t take place in 2020 due to concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.
“After careful consideration for the health and safety of our community and fairgoers, the difficult decision was reached after months of discussions and planning with board members, staff, and committeemen, as well as with county and city officials,” event organizers said in a news release. “The Fair Association will faithfully and respectfully follow the city and county’s recommendation.”
While the 2020 fair has been canceled, officials said it will hold “a modified livestock show and auctions and the queen’s scholarship contest pending approval of the COVID-19 mitigation plan.”
“It is our intention that Grand Champions will be named, Scholarships will be awarded, and a Fair Queen will be crowned,” officials said in a Facebook post.
Despite the 2020 Fort Bend County Fair being canceled, the Fair Association said it will bring the long-running event back next year from September 24 through October 3, 2021.