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2020 Arkansas Oklahoma State Fair canceled due to coronavirus pandemic

The 2020 Arkansas Oklahoma State Fair has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

FORT SMITH, Ark. — The 2020 Arkansas Oklahoma State Fair has been canceled due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, according to event organizers. 

The announcement was made on social media Tuesday (July 14). 

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Event organizers say the decision was made because they couldn't guarantee a safe environment for fairgoers, vendors and volunteers. 

No information was given on when the fair will return. 

The Arkansas Oklahoma State Fair is a popular event for residents in the River Valley that thousands attend every year. 

As of Tuesday afternoon, there have been 874 positive COVID-19 cases in Sebastian County, with 326 of the cases still active. 

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Check back for updates to this developing story.