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7 Reasons You Don’t Want to Miss Our Texas State Fair

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October means the Texas State Fair is in town, and there’s still plenty of time for you to go before it ends! Pat Boone once sang a song many years ago, “Our state fair is a great state fair, don’t miss it, don’t even be late!” Those words are certainly true when it comes to The State Fair of Texas which takes place in Dallas every year.

The very first Texas state fair was held in 1886. Today, if you were to go by attendance only, then this fair is the largest in the country. With new companies choosing to make the Lone Star State their headquarters, it’s bringing in larger numbers each  year. Right now, over three million people attend annually. This year, the fair opened on Friday, September 30, 2016, and runs until Sunday, October 23, 2016.

Two pieces of advice when planning to spend the day at our fair: (1) Wear good walking shoes, and (2) Never eat before you come. Here are seven major reasons why you won’t want to miss the Texas State Fair.

1. Big Tex



Since 1952, Big Tex has been to every single one of our fairs. He’s a handsome talking 52-foot tall cowboy who welcomes everyone passing by in his booming Texan voice. If you become separated from each other, the most popular place to meet is underneath this Texas cowboy, because you can see him from anywhere.

Big Tex actually started his life in 1950 as Santa Claus in Kerens, Texas. The state fair purchased this big ole Texan for $750, and he’s been the state mascot ever since.

2. Texas Star Ferris Wheel

Texas State Fair Ferris Wheel


There is also our famous Ferris Wheel, which is the largest of its kind in the nation. It stands at 212 feet tall. You can see for  miles when you’re high in the sky. It’s absolutely gorgeous at night when it’s all lit up. Are you brave enough to ride on it?

3. Famous Fair Food


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