The Arizona Exposition & State Fair Board today announced their decision to postpone the 2020
Arizona State Fair.
After reviewing information from staff, seeking guidance from the Arizona Department of Health Services and
analyzing all of the options, the Board voted unanimously to postpone the event due to COVID-19.
“As a self funded state agency, this decision to postpone the fair is not made lightly. In addition to providing
the majority of the agency’s operating income, the Fair’s economic impact averages over $90 million annually,
engages 300+ businesses, and hires 1000+ employees. However, safety always comes first, and we feel this
is the best decision for all involved this year,” said Jonathan Lines, Chairman.
For 136 years, the Arizona State Fair has been an annual October tradition. In 2019, attendance hit 1,262,868,
the highest in over a decade.
“This has been a deeply challenging decision for everyone,” said Wanell Costello, Executive Director. “While the fun and carefree environment the State Fair provides is appreciated by the community, we know this year it’s not the right time to hold a large event. The health and safety of our team, visitors and community is most important.”
Some Fair traditions may be hosted virtually. The livestock show is accepting online entries. The Esports
competition which debuted at the 2019 Fair, has also launched with a series of virtual tournaments in
partnership with the Arizona Lottery.
Tentative Fair dates for 2021 are October 7 through October 31.