State Fair of Texas now open in Dallas
The intrigue: Our fair is the country's longest-running fair, and one of the biggest.
- If you're new to North Texas, read up on Big Tex and his "Howdy Folks" greeting before you go. He caught fire once. It was tragic.
Flashback: The first state fairs were held in the Houston area but folded in the late 1870s because of a yellow fever epidemic and economic downturn, per D Magazine.
- Dallas leaders sought to bring the fair to Dallas but disagreed on its location, which led to Dallas having two separate fairs in 1886. That year, the Texas State Fair and Exposition and the Dallas State Fair opened one day apart.
- The two fairs eventually merged, because they couldn't separately cover their costs.
Of note: The new Mavs Vault at Fair Park's Hall of State will showcase the team's history, their first game ball from 1980 and, of course, the 2011 championship trophy.
- The 2022 Celebrity Chef Kitchen will feature chefs from local colleges and restaurants, including Monarch, Asian Mint and Lava Cantina.
- The fair also has a new weather alert system that we hope won't have to be used.
By the numbers: The first week of the fair is usually the best time to visit the fair, as the crowds get larger toward the end. Day 16 of the fair, a Saturday, was the most popular day last year, with over 200,000 visitors.
- In 2019, the fair had 2.5 million visitors. When it returned last year after taking a break for COVID, the fair had 2.2 million visitors.
Related Axios guide: 4 must-try foods at the State Fair of Texas
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