The State Fair of Texas is a celebration of all things Texan – including its rich livestock and agriculture heritage.

Each year more than 5,200 students participate in the youth events and leadership contests.  But you don’t have to show an animal in a livestock contest to enjoy this piece of the State Fair.  Check the daily schedule for contest times and come and support these students as they learn and earn money for college.

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Agriculture Education

A principle since our founding in 1886, agriculture education is central to the mission of the State Fair of Texas.

The State Fair’s agriculture education programs afford numerous opportunities for visitors of all ages to learn more about the importance of farming and ranching. Enjoy hands-on exhibits, cow milking and other demonstrations, or any of the other educational events the State Fair offers.

The State Fair of Texas offers a TEKS-based program intended to raise awareness and importance of agriculture. Farm Day at the Fair is a free day of learning specifically developed for 2nd, 3rd and 4th graders. For more information and to register your class, visit the Farm Day at the Fair page.

For a full listing of educational activities and events at the State Fair of Texas, visit the daily schedule.

Animals in the Barn

Livestock Terminology

Do you know the difference between a broiler, pullet, hen, cockerel, or rooster? Sharpen your skill and learn all about terms and phrases used on the farm.

Livestock Terms



Breeds of Livestock

Did you know the State Fair livestock exhibitors show more than 15 different breeds of cattle, nine breeds of sheep, rabbits and even llamas? See when each breed competes during the Fair and when they are in the barns.

Livestock Breeds

Discover Agriculture at the State Fair

Farm Day at the Fair

aged_fdayA joint program between the State Fair of Texas, Southwest Dairy Museum and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, Farm Day at the Fair is a TEKS-based program providing six in-classroom lesson plans culminated by a learning excursion to the livestock barns at the State Fair of Texas.

More Information


Ag-ventures on the Fairgrounds

The State Fair offers a wide variety of educational exhibits throughout the livestock barns. Enjoy a scavenger hunt, learn about the farm-to-market process, and see how farmers and ranchers produce food to feed the world.

Ag-venture Activities


Educational Shows

Multiple experiences such as milking a cow or fitting an animal can be enjoyed at one of the State Fair’s many educational shows.

Educational Shows