Jessie Wood

2017 Pre-Fair Horse Shows

Every year, in the lead up to “Howdy, Folks,” the State Fair hosts several horse shows in the Coliseum and Livestock Judging Pavilion; both are located right here on the Fair Park grounds. These events take place every weekend starting in August and will run through September 16th.  All horse shows are FREE to the public and are fun entertainment for …

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100 Things We Love about the State Fair of Texas

It’s no secret that we LOVE all things State Fair! Considering we only have 100 days to go until the 2017 State Fair of Texas, we’ve put together 100 Things We Love about the State Fair of Texas. Keep an eye out for the “President’s Picks” and for some favorites you have yet to experience!  If you want to experience these 100 things …

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Mother’s Day Flowers

Hopefully we all remember to get flowers for our wonderful moms this Mother’s Day. What better way to treat her to something special than by giving her homegrown flowers? Today, I want to shine a spotlight on a few plants that can supply you with cut flowers to make your mom feel even more special on her day. Hydrangeas Hydrangeas …

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The Role of Social Capital to Create Change

I grew up in Shreveport, Louisiana. When I was a child, Louisiana was ranked very low for its educational outcomes. I attended a neighborhood school that my mother was not pleased with at all. I was excelling in school but when quizzed, I really didn’t know much. I was a master of memorization with limited skills to explain how I arrived at the …

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Tree Grafting with Drew

Did you know you can take one variety of fruit tree and attach it, or “graft” it, to a whole different variety of tree? Tree Grafting is just one of the many horticultural adventures we embark on daily as part of our exciting Big Tex Urban Farms initiative. In this video our Big Tex Urban Farms Manager, Drew Demler, will …

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Carrot Cake

Created by , Paige D. Hoyt – Lewisville, TX 2nd Place–Cake Baking Carrot cakes are a spring time classic! Enjoy this delicious recipe and be ready to {hop} on in to your spring festivities with the best dessert. Don’t forget to share a photo of your masterpiece by using #StateFairofTx Cake Ingredients 1 3/4 c. all-purpose flour 2 tsp. baking powder 2 tsp. …

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Big Tex Urban Farm Update: April 2017

The 2017 growing season is off to a busy start at the Big Tex Urban Farms. In early March, we moved the farm from its winter home on the Midway back to its original location next to the State Fair administration building. Our farm grew from an initial 100 boxes to 170, and we plan to expand it into 500 …

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Relational Cultural Theory: The Basis of the Work We Do

I was fortunate to attend an Intensive at the Jean Baker Miller Institute on Relational Cultural Theory for two years.  Much of my work at the State Fair of Texas and within the community is based on this theory.  Relational Cultural Theory “is not forming a separated, independent self, but rather the ability to participate actively in relationships that foster …

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Spring Lawn Care in Texas

With temperatures on the rise, and the days slowly but surely getting longer, it is clear that spring is coming up quickly! We all know spring is an active time in the garden, but it is also an important time to give attention to our lawns. There are several tasks to perform this time of year to help our lawns …

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Dr. Froswa Booker-Drew: Knowing the ABCD’s

I had the pleasure of meeting with a group of VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) members, part of the Mayor of Dallas’ “Grow South Initiative,” to discuss assets in the community at the University of North Texas-Dallas. I was so impressed with their efforts to build communities in the Southern sector. One of the challenges that many face in …

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