September 29 - October 22, 2017
Sink your teeth into a juicy turkey leg, feel the rush of adrenaline as you soar on a rollercoaster, check out vintage autos at the Classic Corral car show, and take in spectacular concerts from some of the biggest names in the business. This is what a typical day is like at the State Fair of Texas in Dallas, a 24-day showcase of Texas tradition and culture that attracts millions of folks to Fair Park in the fall. The fair, the longest running in the nation, serves up plenty of fun for the whole family across 277 acres packed with food, games, rides, concerts, and just about anything else you can think of.
Step through the gates of Fair Park and you’ll be faced with a dilemma: what do you do first? With so much to see and experience, that’s a tough question to answer even for the most experienced of fairgoers. One way to kick off your time at the fair is to go a see a pig race or one of the more than 100 shows held throughout the fair every day. Speaking of shows, the concerts at the State Fair of Texas are second to none. Head to the Chevrolet Main Stage to catch one of the 75 concerts from all-star local, regional, and national bands throughout the fair. Since all concerts and shows are included in the price of a standard ticket, all you need to worry about is finding prime seats with a good view of the stage.
While all the free shows will keep you busy, there’s even more to do at the State Fair of Texas. The Midway is a staple at all fairs, but the one at the State Fair of Texas is so large it could be considered an amusement park. More than 70 rides await you, including everything from thrilling roller coasters to the leisurely Texas Star Ferris Wheel. Of course, the Midway’s rides aren’t the only ones at the State Fair of Texas. Get behind the wheel of a brand-new Chevrolet Corvette or Camaro and tear up the track, or conquer a rugged obstacle course in a Silverado or a Colorado pickup truck. All the action takes place at the “Ride and Drive” attraction in the Chevrolet Park Plaza. If you’re an auto enthusiast, you’ve got to check out the car show at the State Fair of Texas. In fact, the fair is home to the largest new auto show in the Southwest. Browse all the latest and greatest offerings from the top brands in the business, then see some breathtaking vintage rides at the Classic Corral.
The food at the State Fair of Texas is just as much of an attraction as the rides, shows, and concerts. Bring your appetite to one of the food vendors to get yourself a delicious turkey leg, corn dog, or a deep-fried treat that you’ll only find at a fair. Although there’s plenty to choose from, what really sets the State Fair of Texas apart is that it’s a testing ground of sorts for cutting edge cuisine. All sorts of crazy concoctions are created for the Big Tex Choice Awards, and you can try them all at the fair. There’s also daily chef demonstrations and cooking contests in the Creative Arts building. All of this makes the fair the ultimate destination for indulging your inner foodie.
Along with all the grown-up fun, there’s plenty for the youngsters to enjoy. The Kidway, a section of the Midway, features scaled-down rides and games suitable for your kiddos. Shows and activities are held at the Kids’ Boardwalk, while spots like Little Hands on the Farm and Big Tex’s Farmyard offer interactive and educational exhibits that will delight and entertain. The Children’s Health Barnyard petting zoo lets kids get up close to a variety of furry friends, and daily guided tours through the barns provide a great way to learn about the different kinds of livestock.
If you enjoy a bit of retail therapy, the State Fair of Texas has something for you too. Walk through Fair Park and you’ll encounter an abundance of shops selling everything from fine leather goods and artisanal snacks to handcrafted silver jewelry and electronics. No matter what kind of adventure you’re looking for, you’ll find plenty to love at the State Fair of Texas. The fair’s shows, rides, exhibits, and cuisine makes it a family-friendly event in Dallas that everyone can enjoy. So what are you waiting for? Come on down to the State Fair of Texas, one of the most iconic events in the Lone Star State. Just make sure you say “howdy” to Big Tex when you get here.
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