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by Linnea Lavell

The State Fair of Texas

by Linnea Lavell

Big Tex is standing tall again waiting to greet everyone visiting the State Fair of Texas so grab a corny dog and join the festivities.   The gates to the fairgrounds will open on September 30 at 10 a.m.  The Opening Day Parade is a tradition and kicks off at noon September 30 starting at Houston & Main Streets in Dallas.  

A little history on the State Fair of Texas.  According to the organization that produces the Fair today, the origin of the fair can be traced back to January 30, 1886 when a group of Dallas businessmen formed the Dallas State Fair and Exposition. In March of 1886 the board of directors for the Dallas State Fair voted to purchase 80 acres of land in East Dallas for an exposition site.  The first public event on the property was a gala Fourth of July celebration which was highlighted by a free barbecue, entertainment, races and dancing late into the night. Throughout the years, additional acreage, buildings and events were added.  In 1952 Big Tex makes his first appearance welcoming guests to the fair.  In 1986 Fair Park is designated as a National Historic Landmark.  In 2005 the first Big Tex Choice Awards are held with the challenge for concessionaires to create new and unique food items.  This year make sure to stop by the Woman’s Museum Building to view Rome Comes to Dallas where 34 life size replicas of Michelangelo’s masterpieces in true size from the Sistine Chapel (there is an additional fee to visit this attraction).

There are so many things to see and do at the State Fair of Texas that you may need to visit more than one day.  Enjoy live music, the auto show, livestock exhibits, puppet shows, pig races, agriculture exhibits, rides on the midway, lots of wonderful food and much more. 

For a list of events, information on ticket discounts, parking or  to plan your day at the fair, visit the website for The State Fair of Texas.  Enjoy attending the fair and don’t forget to try the fried Jell-o which has been voted Best Taste in the Big Tex Choice Awards.

The A T & T Red River Showdown between the University of Texas and University of Oklahoma will be held Saturday, October 8 at Cotton Bowl Stadium.  Kickoff is at 11 a.m. Game tickets are purchased through each universities athletic office and tickets include admission to the State Fair of Texas on game day.  Additional college football games will be held at the Cotton Bowl during the fair.  Click here for a full list of games being played. 

The State Fair of Texas runs through October 23.  Hope to see y'all at the Fair!




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Linnea Lavell
Lavell Realty, LLC
P.O. Box 1243
Little Elm TX 75068
Fax: 877-488-1740