Jason Hays

Big Tex Urban Farms: Growth & Harvest in 2017

As a “plant smith,” I love the month of January. The winter crops are rolling in, it’s still a good time to plant trees, and it’s the perfect opportunity to gather leaves for your compost pile. Seed catalogs start to show up in mailboxes and as any gardener can tell you, opening up that first seed catalog is better than …

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Game Day Recipes from our Competition Kitchen

Tired of the same “game day” spread at your next party? Super Bowl Sunday is around the corner and this year, you can score big with these creative recipes from our 2017 Creative Arts Competition Kitchen, presented by Community Coffee. Each of these party-time dishes were created by fairgoers and were taste-tested by a panel of judges before the start …

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Urban Gardening with Drew: Growing Citrus Trees in Texas

Growing your own citrus tree can be a rewarding pleasure for a North Texas gardener. Not only are homegrown citrus fruit a real treat, but the tree itself can make a handsome addition to a patio or garden. With the “grow your own” movement in full swing, I decided to share with you my experiences with growing citrus in Texas. Citrus …

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Holiday Cookies & Mores from our Community Coffee Competition Kitchen

A large part of the State Fair of Texas experience is food, so it’s no surprise that one of our favorite things about the holidays are the tasty treats that make the season bright. What would a holiday celebration be without something sweet? So, in the spirit of baking goodies for friends and family, we decided to share some of …

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Thanksgiving Recipes from our 2017 Creative Arts Competition!

Thanksgiving is upon us and just like you, we are thankful for so much this year, including our 2017 State Fair of Texas. Among our favorite things at the Fair are our Creative Arts competitions. During this holiday season, we can’t help but reminisce on some of the delicious foods that were entered into the 2017 Competition Kitchen presented by …

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Fall/Winter Planting with Drew Demler and the Big Tex Urban Farms

Fall should be a busy time in any Texas garden. When the weather finally starts to turn cooler and the days get shorter, most of our summer crops will be giving their final yields. When the summer crops finally give out, it’s time to make way for our fall and winter veggies! Fortunately, the Texas climate allows us to have …

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10 Big Tex Instagram Posts We Love From 2017

One of our favorite things about the State Fair of Texas is watching all of you enjoy the Fair just as much as we enjoy putting it together every year. In the age of social media, we have a brand new window to view fairgoers capturing their favorite State Fair of Texas moments. We love seeing your Facebook posts, reading …

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Another Successful Year of Celebrating All Things Texan

DALLAS, TEXAS – October 22, 2017 – Although the Fair gates are closing on another run of Texas-sized fun, the memories made during the 2017 State Fair of Texas will remain. As an annual celebration of all things Texan, the tradition continued with the Fair’s 2017 theme, “Celebrating Texans.” This year, the Fair welcomed approximately 2.2 million people through the gates, as …

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Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against the State Fair of Texas

State Fair Awarded More than $298,000 in Attorney’s Fees and Sanctions DALLAS, TEXAS – October 19, 2017 – Judge Tonya Parker of the 116th District Court in Dallas has dismissed a lawsuit brought against the State Fair of Texas by the Austin law firm Riggs & Ray, P.C., which appeared to be acting to further the political agenda of a party that …

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Top Steer Sets New Record at State Fair of Texas Youth Livestock Auction

The 69th Annual Youth Livestock Auction kicked off with a record-setting sale of the 2017 Grand Champion Market Steer. This year’s prize-winning animal was generously purchased by Superior Trailers and the Big Tex Champion Club, making auction history with their highest bid of $141,000. With 424 steers entered into the Youth Market Steer Show this year, earning the Grand Champion title …

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