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State Fair of Texas

3921 Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard Dallas, TX 75210
Fair is generally open September 27 - October 20. Hours are generally 10am-9pm.
972-263-8374 Half day
October 2012 Fall
$10-29 Dallas Texas
Website Entertainment Fairs
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The State Fair of Texas is an annual fair held at Fair Park in Dallas. The fair lasts 3 weeks and begins the last Friday in September. It started in 1886 and now attracts millions of attendees. Attractions include rides, booth games, fried food, animal shows, concerts and special rotating exhibits. Another hallmark of the fair is a college football game between Texas and Oklahoma.

The fair was popular from the start and has grown over the years both in terms of offerings as well as attendance. A major change took place in the 1930s when the fairgrounds were developed with new buildings and exhibits to celebrate the Texas centennial. A fifty foot tall statue called Big Tex, was added in 1949. Big Tex was destroyed either in an electrical fire or through self-immolation a day prior to the visit in 2012, but has since been resurrected and is once again the patriarch of the fair and lord of his domain.

Since the fair is so popular and activities vary on a daily basis, it is smart to do so some planning in advance of a visit. For example, there are usually a few name bands performing, so if you are into music, you will want to visit one of these days. Also, parking costs an extra $15 or you can circle the neighborhood and look for something nearby, but it’s not a great area. A better option is to take the light rail; there is a stop right outside the fair. If you believe that if it's not fried, it’s not fit to eat, then you will be in heaven as just about everything that can be fried and can be called food is available. Some of the games and rides looked like fun as well but they are typical attractions you would find at other fairs. A car show though was more distinctive. A pig race was not especially interesting, but many people enjoyed the animal petting area. Numbers don’t lie, and given the fair’s popularity, almost everyone will find something of interest here (if you don't mind some company). It can get loud too so having some earplugs is not a bad idea.
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11/1/2013 4:10:33 PM
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comment continued, #4 go see any type of animal races, pig, dog, ostrich. It's best to go during the week when there are not a lot people, and they usually have a food can drive when you can bring three cans and get in for 3 dollars. Remember coupons carry over to the following year, so save them.
11/1/2013 4:04:44 PM
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I look forward to going to the state fair every year. Everytime I go, I always learn something new. #1, take the dart. It's a lot more convenient. #2, don't go during any type of kid day. #3, go to the website and see where you can find the discounts. Those always help with the pricing.