Big Tex, the official greeter of the biggest family entertainment event of the year, the State Fair of Texas, will be greeting visitors on the opening day of the Fair, Friday September 29, for a 24 day run, through Sunday October 22.
The original and iconic Big Tex welcomed visitors to the State Fair of Texas for 60 years. It burned a couple of years ago, but the replacement will be welcoming visitors on opening day.
The Texas State Fair has been a major source of entertainment for millions of visitors, and has been a contributor to economic growth in north Texas for over 125 year. So, here we go again!
Gear up for giant mechanical man (Big Tex), fried food of every description, exhibits, entertainers and of course the midway rides and games. There’s something for everyone, from gardening enthusiasts to hot rod fans.
This year the State Fair runs from September 29 to October 22, 2017 and as always, it’s at Fair Park in Dallas. Make it easy on yourself – Get your tickets in advance
Every year there’s a friendly food fight like no other, between the Texas State Fair concessionaires for the coveted Big Tex Choice Awards for the Most Creative and Best Taste fried whatever. And it’s official. Organizers actually registered the claim ® that the State Fair is the FRIED FOOD CAPITAL OF TEXAS®. Who can argue? These are the creative minds that gave us fried bubble gum and fried beer!
Best Taste: Fried Jello
Most Creative: State Fair Cookie Frys
Don’t miss a single fried delicacy — it’s a long time until the next State Fair.
On a side note, it normally rains a lot during the fair. We’re hopeful this year will bring some much-needed drought relief, but not at the expense of fair goers. Enjoy! — N. Wall