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North Texas Fair and Rodeo now October 16-24, 2020

News Release:

2020 North Texas Fair and Rodeo Rescheduled to October 16th through the 24th, 2020

About the North Texas State Fair Association: We are a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization with the mission of promoting youth, agriculture, and community. Our annual North Texas Fair and Rodeo has been our largest fundraiser for the last 91 years. This event along with our partnerships allows us to donate around $500,000 annually in scholarships, livestock projects, and facility usage. For more information, please visit

After diligent planning and consideration for the safety of our patrons, the North Texas Fair and Rodeo has made, what we feel is, the most responsible decision. Due to the volatile COVID-19 situation and its impact on the community’s health and safety, the 2020 North Texas Fair and Rodeo has been postponed to October 16-24, 2020.

The well-being of our fairgoers, volunteers, participants and community is always our highest priority in the production of the annual North Texas Fair and Rodeo. After recent surges in COVID-19 cases in the North Texas area, we felt that rescheduling our fair and rodeo was the prudent choice. “I cannot express how proud I am of our Board of Directors for reaching this carefully thought-out decision. The safety of all our fair patrons, as well as approximately 1,000 volunteers is always a top priority,” said Executive Director, Glenn Carlton. “Moving the 2020 North Texas Fair and Rodeo to October will not only allow us to have our fair in cooler weather, but we are looking forward to this event being a big part of the healing process for this community. I am excited to see that this event can still happen.”

We are committed to doing our part in working to improve community health and reduce the spread of the virus. We are avid about producing nine nights of cutting edge country music, first-class rodeos, livestock shows, and attractions for all. However, our commitment to youth, agriculture, and community, has led us to postpone the fun until a safer time. “I could not agree more with Glenn about our number one priority being the health and safety of all the people involved with our fair and rodeo,” said North Texas State Fair Association President, Carl Anderson. “Having said that, if we can put on an event this year with the number one priority being the health and safety of our people, in whatever form or fashion that looks like, I believe we owe it to the community to try to do so. The young people involved with their livestock projects need and deserve a time and a place to compete.”

The North Texas Fair and Rodeo has a COVID-19 plan in place, but will continue to revise this plan in order to adapt to changes during this time of uncertainty. We assure you that the health and safety of all parties is our biggest concern at this time.

Media Contact:

Glenn Carlton


2217 N. Carroll Blvd.

Denton, TX 76205

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