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2020 Arkansas State Fair Canceled


Arkansas State Fair Announces Cancellation of 2020 Event

The board of directors for the Arkansas Livestock Show Association, the organization that produces the annual Arkansas State Fair, announced today the cancellation of the 2020 event due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This year’s event was scheduled for October 16 – 25.

General Manager Doug White said the board voted to authorize the cancellation of the 2020 fair, while leaving the door open for a possible livestock show during that same ten days in October.

“We have been closely monitoring COVID-19 data from local, state and federal health officials for the past few months, and we determined that it was in the best interest of the safety of our patrons, staff and our many sponsors to cancel this year’s fair,” stated White. “We always want to produce the best fair possible for the state of Arkansas and we felt we could not do that with the multitude of restrictions we would have to put in place.”

Board chair Bruce Maloch said the health and safety of all involved with the fair was the number one priority in the decision.

“We host well over 400,000 patrons every October and we want every single person to feel safe on our fairgrounds. Given the nature of a normal fair environment, we decided the most responsible decision we could make would be to take this year off and come back bigger and better than ever in 2021.”

White added that every possible scenario for holding the 2020 event was considered.

“Like all state fairs, we have food concessionaires, carnival rides and games on the midway, commercial exhibitors, livestock exhibitors and support staff. We considered every possible combination of what might work in this unprecedented time of COVID-19, and came to the conclusion that we could not host a traditional state fair based on the challenges inherent in large crowds.”

Maloch said although the board voted to cancel the midway carnival, food concessions, entertainment and commercial exhibits, it will continue to explore options for a livestock show.

“We’re extremely disappointed to cancel the 2020 event, but we still have hopes of hosting a junior livestock show in October. If we do work out a plan for a livestock show, of course, we’ll practice all safety protocols including mandatory masks, social distancing and hand-washing stations,” explained Maloch.

The board chair said there is extreme optimism and enthusiasm as planning for the 2021 Arkansas State Fair begins.

“Our board and staff will have additional time to plan next year’s fair and that’s exciting. We’re motivated to organize the best Arkansas State Fair this state has ever seen. With the help of our wonderful corporate sponsors and business partners I know the 2021 fair will be an incredible event.”

The 2021 Arkansas State Fair is scheduled to run Friday, October 15, through Sunday, October 24.

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  • General Info
    • Triple S Alarm Co. Lost Kid StationTriple S Alarm Co. Lost Kid Station
    • RestroomsRestrooms
    • Petting ZooPetting Zoo
    • Carnival InformationCarnival Information
    • ConcessionsConcessions
    • Picnic AreaPicnic Area
    • Information BoothInformation Booth
    • ATMATM
    • First Aid StationFirst Aid Station
    • PolicePolice
    • LRCVB Fairground Map TowersLRCVB Fairground Map Towers
    • CJRW Media CenterCJRW Media Center
    • Arkansas Federal Credit Union Blue Ribbon ClubArkansas Federal Credit Union Blue Ribbon Club
    • Landers Crush for a Cure Car DisplayLanders Crush for a Cure Car Display
    • SecuritySecurity
    • ParkingParking
    • Box Office AdministrationBox Office Administration
    • Handicapped ParkingHandicapped Parking

  • Entertainment
    • Cherokee Nation Businesses MidwayCherokee Nation Businesses Midway
    • Bud Light PavillionBud Light Pavillion
    • Arkansas Cancer Coalition Family LandArkansas Cancer Coalition Family Land
    • Steve Landers CDJR Main StageSteve Landers CDJR Main Stage
    • Cherokee Nation Businesses Concert DeckCherokee Nation Businesses Concert Deck
    • Budweiser Concert DeckBudweiser Concert Deck
    • Hiland HillHiland Hill
    • Youth Talent & Queen CompetitionsYouth Talent & Queen Competitions
    • Farm Bureau Arts & Crafts BuildingFarm Bureau Arts & Crafts Building

  • Livestock
    • Barton Coliseum Livestock JudgingBarton Coliseum Livestock Judging
    • AG in Action Agriculture Education Center for ChildrenAG in Action Agriculture Education Center for Children
    • Cattle Barns (1-4)Cattle Barns (1-4)
    • Swine & Sheep BarnSwine & Sheep Barn
    • Horse BarnHorse Barn
    • Goat Center & BarnGoat Center & Barn
    • Rabbit FacilityRabbit Facility
    • Poultry BarnPoultry Barn
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