Jason Hays

Creative Texans

Are you a needlepointer from Nacogdoches or a painter from the Panhandle?  Maybe you’re a sculpter from Stephensville or a designer from Dallas. Whatever your creative talent is, the State Fair of Texas is the perfect place to show it off. Each season of the Fair our Creative Arts department offers over 1000 pre-fair contests, as well as approximately 185 cooking categories, …

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State Fair of Texas Awards Nearly $1.4 Million to Texas Students

Since its establishment in 1992, the State Fair of Texas® Scholarship Program has continued to uphold the Fair’s nonprofit mission of supporting agriculture, education, and community involvement. Looking forward to another year of supporting Texas students through college scholarships, the State Fair honored its Dallas-area scholarship recipients at the annual Scholarship Awards Luncheon today. New recipients and their families gathered …

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State Fair of Texas Shoots for the Stars: Youth Livestock Supporters Raise $110,000 for Scholarship Fund

The ninth annual State Fair of Texas Shooting for the Stars Sporting Clay event was the most successful shoot yet. A record-breaking $110,000 was raised, with all proceeds going directly to the Fair’s Youth Livestock Auction and Scholarship Program. “We are extremely pleased with the outcome of this year’s event,” said Daryl Real, senior vice president of livestock and agriculture …

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Scholarship, Memories, and Opportunities: How the State Fair of Texas Gave Aaron Williford Hope

As a high school student in 2014 at James Madison High School in Dallas, Aaron Williford would often walk out the front doors at the end of the day and glance up at the Texas Star, visible above the trees of Fair Park, just a few blocks away. The giant Ferris wheel would bring a smile to Aaron’s face as …

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Build Your Own Combination Planter with Help from Drew

Most of our blogs from Big Tex Urban Farms have been about farming, but we still do a lot of work on the ornamental side of horticulture as well.  With spring in the air, I wanted to share some information about some of the work we do to help make Fair Park beautiful for example, creating pretty combo planters.  In …

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State Fair of Texas Contributes $4 Million to the City of Dallas for Fair Park

DALLAS, TEXAS – March 21, 2018 – The State Fair of Texas aims to preserve its historical Fair Park home by helping to fund necessary improvements to its buildings and facilities. In 2018, the Fair is giving the City of Dallas $4 million to help pay for major maintenance and improvements at Fair Park, with the decision on how to …

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Big Tex’s Innovation Destinations: 5 Texas Stops to Enjoy and be Inspired by

It’s springtime in Texas, y’all, and whether you’re spring breaking or just hitting the road for a weekend getaway, the Lone Star state has many vacation destinations to choose from. This year, why not make a pitstop or two? Geek out over some of the best showcases of Texan innovation our state has to offer. From Houston to west Texas …

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Live with the Big Tex Team: Creating the 2018 Theme

Go behind the scenes at Matchbox Studio to discover how a collaborative team of designers developed the State Fair of Texas’ 2018 theme: Celebrating Texas Innovation. Jen and Jason from the Big Tex Team at the State Fair of Texas take viewers to Deep Ellum, a neighboorhood in Dallas, Texas, where they chat with Zack and Christian from Matchbox Studio …

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Spring Recipes in Full Bloom

With pleasant spring weather rolling into Texas this month, it’s time for get-togethers with friends and family to hunt eggs, spend some time in the great outdoors, or simply gather around the table to eat! Need some inspiration for new dishes and desserts to whip up in the kitchen?  Look no further than these delicious recipes created by participants in …

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