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Natural Awakenings Dallas -Fort Worth Metroplex Edition


125 Years for World’s Largest State Fair

Sep 28, 2011 06:01PM

The Dallas State Fair & Exposition was chartered in 1886, and by 1905 saw attendance of 300,000. In 1930, the racetrack complex was razed to permit construction of 46,000-seat Fair Park Stadium, later renamed the Cotton Bowl, and attendance rose by 1946 to 2 million.

In 1986, Fair Park was designated a National Historic Landmark, and the State Fair of Texas hosted a 31-day exposition celebrating both the Texas Sesquicentennial and the Fair's own 100th anniversary. Today, millions visit the mammoth event annually to enjoy the exhibits, performances, food, fun and activities that only the world’s biggest State Fair can provide. This year for the first time, the Fair hosts a Green Exhibition at the Texas Discovery Gardens.

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