As a long-standing Dallas institution, the State Fair of Texas has a unique appreciation for the local support that makes such a big event possible every year. With the ultimate goal of having a positive community impact, the Fair aims to give back through our partnerships with local organizations and initiatives. The Fair continues to expand outreach programs while placing a special priority on promoting community involvement at the local level. Our impact in the community focuses on three areas that complement our mission – social, human capital, and financial capital.
The State Fair of Texas Youth Scholarship Program
Established in 1992, the State Fair of Texas Youth Scholarship Program has awarded scholarships to more than 2,000 students for a total of more than $10 million. Each year, the program awards scholarships to high school seniors from around the State and from the following Fair Park- area high schools: Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School, James Madison, Lincoln, North Dallas and Woodrow Wilson High Schools, as well as students who compete in the Fair’s youth livestock contests.
SAT Summer Clinic, Big Thought Curriculum, and Scholarship Workshop
The Fair offers an SAT Summer Clinic for local high school students; provides support for seven local nonprofits for their out-of-school-time programs, offers teacher trainings centered around the curriculum developed by Big Thought for students in grades 4-12 and holds a hands-on scholarship workshop for local students.
Big Tex Summer Sampler
Since 2016, the Fair’s Big Tex Summer Sampler has been a unique summer camp program offered to students in the local community. This educational camp takes place on the Fair Park grounds, where students learn more about gardening, creative arts, agriculture, and cooking.
Nonprofit Infrastructure Initiative
The Nonprofit Infrastructure Initiative is a partnership between United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, The State Fair of Texas, and the University of North Texas at Dallas. This partnership aims to strengthen with the aim of strengthening nonprofits operating and serving clients in Southern Dallas through a capacity-building course for 10 selected organizations.
Big Tex Job Fair
In 2016, the Big Tex Job Fair, in partnership with Goodwill Industries, had 50 employers, 10 support service organizations, and almost 300 job seekers in attendance to provide employment for our seasonal workers and the local community. Join us this year for the 2nd annual event, which will be held Friday, October 27, 2017 in the Coliseum in Fair Park.
Big Tex Urban Farms
In 2016, the State Fair of Texas introduced Big Tex Urban Farms, a revolutionary, mobile agriculture system in the heart of Fair Park. Since inception, the project has proved itself to be a successful experiment by investing financial and human capital into immediate Fair Park neighborhoods and companies, connecting like-minded agriculture entities, and providing fresh, organic produce to organizations focused on hunger and healthy lifestyle programs. Throughout the growing season, more than 6,000 fruits and vegetables, was donated to Fair Park-area organizations including the Baylor Scott & White Health and Wellness Institute in the Mill City neighborhood, Cornerstone Baptist Church, and Austin Street Shelter. As of 2017, Big Tex Urban Farms has grown to 520 boxes, a deep water culture bed capable of producing more than 20,000 greens a year in a 15×30′ area, and various community locations throughout South Dallas.