Shutdown Of Oklahoma State Fair Will Be Felt Economically
STILLWATER, Okla. – The coronavirus pandemic has caused economic disruptions at every level of American life, and the cancellation of the Oklahoma State Fair will be having a major effect on the collective wallet of Oklahoma City and the entire state.
According to the published 2019 Oklahoma City CVB Report, the Oklahoma State Fair generated more than $103.9 million in direct spending.
“The Oklahoma State Fair obviously has a greater economic effect than that but accurate data measuring indirect spending and similar benefits are not readily available; we know collectively that it’s big but just how big nobody can say,” said Dayton Lambert, an agricultural economist with Oklahoma State University’s Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.
The decision to shut down the 2020 fair was not made lightly, but the paramount issue of public health made the closure the only responsible course of action, said Scott Munz, senior vice president of marketing and sales for Oklahoma State Fair Inc.
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