More to See and Do Than Ever at the State Fair
The State Fair of Texas, running through October 23 at Fair Park, is themed Celebrating Texas Agriculture as it celebrates 130 years of tradition. Since its inception in 1886, the Fair has showcased all things Texan by promoting agriculture, education and community involvement through quality entertainment in a family-friendly environment.
New milking demonstrations, Farm Day at the Fair and a guided livestock tour focus on the original intent of the Fair. The Lords of Gravity Basketball Slam Dunk Show joins the list as one of the Fair’s new daily shows for 2016. Xpogo features pogo professionals showing off their skills with gravity-defying tricks, flips and spins, and the Taylor Swift Experience includes a brand-new collection of memorabilia from the superstar’s archive.
Six Nations over Texas tells the story of the different flags that have flown over Texas and includes rare artifacts from each nation. Fairgoers can learn all about the American West and its prevalence in Texas culture through the Ways of the West exhibit. Vaquero: Genesis of the Texas Cowboy, celebrates the traditional cowboy lifestyle.
At the Lone Star Stampede, an all-new show hosted in the Pan Am Arena. Guests can watch the tale of the American West come alive through this award-winning performance, featuring quintessential Western themes like stagecoaches, horses, cowboys and bandits. This can’t-miss event showcases traditional Native American dancers, sharpshooters and a Texas longhorn cattle drive.
Football fans can enjoy three games scheduled during the 2016 State Fair. The opening weekend pits Grambling State University against Prairie View A&M University for the annual Southwest Airlines State Fair Classic on October 1. The rivalry continues on October 8 when the Cotton Bowl Stadium hosts the AT&T Red River Showdown, where the University of Texas Longhorns face the University of Oklahoma Sooners. The historic Cotton Bowl Stadium welcomes a new matchup on October 15, when the Air Force Academy takes on the University of New Mexico, presented by Lockheed Martin.
The State Fair is expanding its classroom initiatives to the high school level, with a new curriculum for ninth- through 12-graders, in partnership with Big Thought, including a TEKS-aligned program that focuses on STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and math), along with other core disciplines like social studies, English, language arts and visual design. The online curriculum connects classroom learning with student experiences at the Fair, including in-class lesson plans, materials and activities for out-of-school time. The new high school lesson plans is available at BigTex.com/educators for download.
Celebrating Our Past, Present and Future, the Canstruction project, will donate all canned food to the North Texas Food Bank. In addition, the State Fair is continuing its partnership with the North Texas Food Bank. It’s A Fair Deal Wednesdays offers discounted admission every Wednesday throughout the run of the Fair. Visitors can bring four canned food items and get in for just $4, with all donations going directly to support local families in need. A Thrifty Thursdays food discount program allows participating food vendors to offer one of their signature menu items at a reduced price, ranging from mini-versions to regular-size items.
Season Passes are available for $39.95. For complete information, visit BigTex.com/seasonpass.