The Young Men's Business League (YMBL) announced that the South Texas State Fair would not opening as planned on March 26 due to the disaster declaration Jefferson County Judge Jeff Branick made March 13 following Texas Governor Greg Abbott's declaration of disaster across the state due to coronavirus (COVID-19).
After the declaration of disaster in Jefferson County, the YMBL announced that evening that it would suspend the South Texas State Fair out of an abundance of caution considering the ongoing international health crisis.
"Due to the Emergency Order issued by Jefferson County officials which includes events sponsored by Jefferson County, the YMBL is complying with aforementioned order which takes effect immediately and extends for 30 days and may be extended. The 2020 South Texas State Fair is impacted by this order and will not open as planned on March 26, 2020. Public health and safety of our community remain the YMBL’s top priority and is at the forefront of this decision," YMBL posted on Facebook at a little after 10 p.m. on March 13.