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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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The Texas Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Fair Park

Did you know that Fair Park is home to the official Texas Vietnam Veterans Memorial? Located at the intersection of First and Parry avenues, near the Automobile Building and the Music Hall, the memorial is part of what is known as Veterans Park. A lush, green area, Veterans Park is home to both the Texas Vietnam Veterans Memorial and a …

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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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Celebrating Texans: T.R. Hoover CDC

As a fan of the State Fair of Texas, you probably already know that our theme for 2017 is “Celebrating Texans.” But what does this theme actually mean, and how do we go about celebrating Texans? Texans embody a unique spirit of unity, pride, and a desire to support one another. So, to celebrate these Texan traits, we are highlighting …

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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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State Fair in the Community

Happy New Year! I’m excited about the opportunity to share my thoughts and the amazing work that goes on daily at the State Fair of Texas in our community. Community Involvement and Education are both part of our mission and are critical to our focus of being a great partner and neighbor.  Since April 1, I’ve been honored to serve …

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