State Fair of Texas

State Fair Corny Dogs
Kimberly Viktorin

Held yearly at Dallas’ Fair Park since 1886, the State Fair has been the site for many historical and memorable moments – as well as lots of fun!

Corny Dogs were invented at the 1942 State Fair of Texas. In 1952, the Fair’s mascot, Big Tex, made his debut. And, countless big moments have occurred over the years at the Texas-Oklahoma football game, which is played during the Fair each year. 

Every edition of the State Fair of Texas features a variety of impressive musical acts. And, all concerts are free with State Fair admission, so no additional tickets need to be purchased. More often than not, live musical performances will be taking place on multiple stages throughout the fair grounds simultaneously, allowing visitors to take in more than one show as they move about the Fair. The steady stream of live music is somewhat of a signature for the State Fair experience. 

The carnival is also in full bloom over the three-week span of the Fair. There will also be a Kids Corner, auto show, art exhibit, and, of course, a livestock show. And, of course, Big Tex is there to greet visitors, having been fully restored following a fire in 2014. Each year there are a variety of exhibits, some of which can only be seen at the State Fair. 

Of course, two of the more popular events are the Starlight parade, held at 7:15 p.m. daily throughout the fair, and the Texas-OU football game. Recent years have seen a second football game added to the slate of events, as well as soccer matches, dog shows, craft shows, a 5k run and more.

In short, the State Fair of Texas offers so much to see and do, it is hard to take it all in during a single visit. To that end, visitors can purchase either single day tickets or season admission passes. For anyone expecting to go to the State Fair three or more days, the season pass makes sense. But, regardless of the number of trips made to the state, it seems as if there is always something new to see and do. So, whether you go just once or make it an annual trip, the State Fair of Texas is an event everyone should experience.