If you’re a parent with a Little Lone Star, you’re in for a rootin’ tootin’ good time at the State Fair of Texas. And who better to guide you through this Texan extravaganza than our friendly cowboy, Big Tex? He’s been waving howdy to fairgoers for decades and knows precisely what your kiddos will love. So, saddle up and get ready to discover the top five must-dos that’ll have your little lone star yee-hawing with delight.
Must-Do 1: Oink-tastic Pig Races
Are y’all ready for some snout-standing fun? Make your way to the Pig Races, and watch these speedy swine trot, dash, and wiggle their tails to the finish line. It’s a squeal of a time as your young cowboys and cowgirls cheer on their favorite porker in this hilarious showdown. This year, you can find these racing pigs in a new location in Chevy Park Plaza, right near the Chevrolet Ride and Drive.
Must-Do 2: GO TEXAN Pavilion
Lassoing up some genuine Texan culture, our next must-do for little lone stars is visiting the GO TEXAN Pavilion. Located at the heart of the State Fair, on Nimitz Street, your young buckaroos can explore an exciting array of vendors and samples, all from the great state of Texas.
But that’s not all, partner! The GO TEXAN Pavilion isn’t just about shopping; it’s an experience for the whole family. Your little ones can dive into hands-on, agricultural-themed activities generously provided by the Texas Department of Agriculture.
Must-Do 3: ¡Fiestas de Marionetas! – Marionette Magic
This family-friendly show is a spectacle of color, culture, and creativity brought to you by McDonald’s. Picture this: a mesmerizing small village filled with over 85 handmade marionettes, each a work of art. These strings-attached performers come to life amidst dazzling lights and beautiful landscaping.
“¡Fiestas de Marionetas!” is not just a show; it’s an enchanting fiesta that will capture the hearts of your little lone stars. This show is next to the Magnolia Beer Garden and near the new Dinosaurs at the Lagoon exhibit.
Must-Do 4: Rodeo Roundup
Saddle up because it’s rodeo time! Get ready to witness some of Lone Star State’s finest rodeo action at the Fair Park Coliseum. From Mexican-style to youth rodeos, Cowboys of Color to the United Professional Rodeo Association’s Finals, there’s no shortage of thrilling bull-riding, barrel-racing, and ropin’ excitement.
Must-Do 5: Creative Arts
Last but certainly not least, folks, explore the Creative Arts Building. You’ll find a treasure trove of Texan arts, crafts, culinary delights, and performing arts. Marvel at the incredible talents of our fellow Texans. And don’t forget to check out the butter sculpture – it’s utterly fascinating!
But wait, there’s more! After you’ve soaked up all that creative inspiration, head to the Oak Farms Theater for two spectacular shows. Prepare to be amazed by Scott’s World of Magic, where illusions come to life right before your eyes, and for a delightful dose of whimsy, don’t miss the Soap Bubble Circus – it’s a bubbly, gravity-defying performance that’ll leave your little ones in awe.
From thrilling rides to mouthwatering treats, Big Tex has rounded up the best of the best to ensure your family’s day at the State Fair is one for the books. Grab your cowboy hats and boots because it’s time to lasso some fun!