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State Fair of Texas SPAM® Contest Winner Takes Nationals

The State Fair of Texas’ highly regarded reputation for food speaks for itself. And now, a new twist on that popular topic. Winner of the Fair’s 2013 Great American SPAM® Championship took our local ribbon and ran with it to claim national award honors and an all-expenses paid trip for two to SPAM JAM® Waikiki in Honolulu. Sheila Doucet of ...

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State Fair Officials Announce Theme for 2014

The State Fair of Texas® has selected Deep in the Heart of Texans as its theme for this year’s exposition, Sept. 26-Oct. 19. “For generations, the State Fair of Texas has been the destination to bring all Texans together,” says Mitchell Glieber, executive vice president of the Fair. “We’re honored to have played a role in forging so many family ...

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2013 State Fair of Texas will be remembered as the year of Big Tex

Last year’s Fair wrapped up with a pledge from Fair officials that Big Tex would be restored and back in his boots for the 2013 season.  They kept their promise, and with the help of SRO Associates (in Boerne, Texas) and Texas Scenic (located in San Antonio) Big Tex was hoisted into place with just 36 hours to spare. By ...

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Top o’ Texas Tower Ride Facts

The focal point of the State Fair of Texas Midway is the newly completed Top o’ Texas Tower ride. Foundation for the super gyro tower was built in summer 2011 and the first two of six shaft components were stacked in mid November 2012. Remaining shaft components were erected in December, followed by attachments of the gondola and carrier. Additional ...

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Big Tex: 101

Who is Big Tex? His 1952 State Fair debut was auspicious. Speechless that first year, a little engineering helped him “find” his voice in 1953, and he’s been talking ever since. A friendly wave was added in 1997; three years later he began to turn his head. Tex may talk a little s-l-o-w but without question, he is one of ...

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2013 Big Tex Choice Awards: Winners Announced

Eight food finalists went head to head in the 2013 Big Tex Choice Awards.  Two fried delicacies, one made with tender pork and served with mojo sauce, one a twist on a holiday favorite, were chosen for top honors. Best Taste: Fried Cuban Roll Most Creative: Fried Thanksgiving Dinner Click on the gallery icons to view the 2013 Big Tex ...

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2013 Big Tex Choice Awards Finalists Announced

Drum roll please! The 2013 Big Tex Choice Awards finalists have been chosen. Whittled down from more than 35 entries, this year’s finalists include the sweet, savory, and even a Thanksgiving feast. Winners in two categories, best taste and most creative, will be chosen this Monday, September 2, at a media event. Click on the gallery icons to see who ...

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Texas Star Lights Up the Skies Around Fair Park

What’s red, white, blue and green? It’s the 20-story Texas Star Ferris wheel, a fixture here for 30 years. At 212-ft, 6-inches, it’s the tallest wheel in Texas. The State Fair and Dallas icon converted its old 16,000 incandescent turbo lites to a light-emitting diode (LED) system, just in time for opening day of the 2008 Fair. Not only are the ...

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128 Years Strong: History of the State Fair of Texas

The Dallas State Fair & Exposition, to which the present State Fair of Texas traces its origin, was chartered as a private corporation on Jan. 30, 1886, by a group of Dallas businessmen including W.H. Gaston, John S. Armstrong and Thomas L. Marsalis. James B. Simpson was elected president of the association, and Sidney Smith was appointed as the first ...

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