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Bald eagles return to Dallas

A bald eagle flies over trees.
Photo courtesy of John Bunker Sands Wetland Center

A pair of mating American bald eagles returned to their nest at the John Bunker Sands Wetland Center this month, after several months away.

The eagles were first spotted in their nest, in the arm of a metal tower at the wetland center, early on Oct. 3.

Why it matters: Bald eagles are rare in North Texas. There are only a few hundred in the entire state.

The Axios Dallas guide to the State Fair of Texas

Big Tex, a tall cowboy at the State Fair of Texas.
Big Tex knows your secrets. Photo: Michael Mooney/Axios

Love it or hate it, the State Fair of Texas is upon us. You have until Oct. 17 to eat, drink, ride, eat more, drink more and stare into the terrifying eyes of Big Tex.

  • Last year’s fair was only a drive-thru event due to COVID-19. This year, masking is required indoors — but based on our time there, not everyone follows that rule.

Why it matters: Ours is, appropriately, the largest state fair in the country, with more than 2 million annual visitors. It's your chance to consume 10,000 calories of fried foods and frozen drinks, ride something that spins through the air and then watch a nice show.

  • This year’s theme is a welcome back, “Howdy, folks!”

Writers gathering in Archer City to remember Larry McMurtry

Author Larry McMurtry sits in his store, Booked Up.
Photo by Diana Walker/Getty Images

Writers from across the country will gather in Archer City this weekend to pay tribute to Larry McMurtry, the legendary Texas author who died in March.

Organized by George Getschow, who co-founded the University of North Texas' Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference, the convocation will include readings at the Royal Theater by writers influenced by McMurtry and a free public screening of The Last Picture Show on Saturday night.

Why it matters: McMurtry, who grew up in Archer City, is one of the most acclaimed and prolific writers in the state's history.

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