TULSA, Okla. — The fair looks a bit different this year but the show must go on, at least for the animals.
Since there are no rides and no shows, organizers are focusing heavily on the 4-H and FFA animal showings.
For Lyndlea Nichols, raising cattle is a daily routine and it’s hard work. As a seventh grader, Lyndlea already competed at the Tulsa State Fair three times. Although the competition is fun, she hopes this year she and her animals will take first.
With aspirations of one day becoming a veterinarian, it’s essential for Lyndlea to compete for scholarship dollars putting her one step closer to her dream. After the cancellation of the Oklahoma State Fair, the Nichols family kept their fingers crossed the Tulsa fair would still go on.
“The focus of this year’s fair is taking it back to our roots,” said Amanda Blair, chief operations officer for the Tulsa State Fair.
Although the fair is different this year, organizers wanted to provide the annual competition. Competitor turn out was on-par with last year.
“We’re just so supportive of them coming out here and competing for scholarship dollars,” Blair said.
To keep everyone safe, organizers are requiring fair-goers to wear masks at all times. They have also provided hand washing stations throughout the fairgrounds.
The fair opens at 11 a.m. and closes at 8 p.m. starting Wednesday and ending on Sunday.
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