We are excited to announce that after 65 years of service the old Livestock Sale Pavilion at the State Fair of Texas was torn down to make room for the new Briscoe Carpenter Livestock Center. Built in 1950, the structure was host to many livestock shows and events. In 1994, the Pavilion became the home of the Youth Livestock Auction of Champions, a program instrumental in supporting the youth of Texas. In 2014, III Forks® Steakhouse joined hands with the Big Tex ® Champion Club to place the highest bid on the prize-winning Grand Champion Market Steer during the 2014 Youth Livestock Auction; a record-setting $112,000. Considered the heart and soul of the livestock department, the Youth Livestock Auction brings families and friends together for an occasion that benefits youth throughout the Lone Star State and the community, in addition to providing fairgoers with some good old-fashioned fun.
The State Fair’s agriculture education programs afford numerous opportunities for visitors of all ages to learn more about the importance of farming and ranching. Fairgoers can enjoy hands-on exhibits, cow milking and other demonstrations the State Fair offers. A principle since our founding in 1886, agriculture education is central to the mission of the State Fair of Texas.
Livestock exhibitors show more than 15 different breeds of cattle, nine breeds of sheep, rabbits and even llamas. Come see the animals in the livestock barns at this year’s Fair, take part in the annual Youth Livestock Auction and visit the future home of the Briscoe Carpenter Livestock Center, currently set to open in time for the 2016 State Fair of Texas. Thank you to everyone for the many memories and we look forward to making many more in the new Livestock Center. To learn more about the center, visit the Briscoe Carpenter Livestock Center page.