In the Barns

Farm to Fair

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. 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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Discover Agriculture on the Fairgrounds

Agriculture Education

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

Daily Schedule

Livestock Birthing Barn

Experience the miracle of life right before your eyes in the Livestock Birthing Barn. This unique educational experience, exhibiting the incubation and birthing process of various livestock animals. With agriculture and education as the Fair’s foundation, the new Livestock Birthing Barn highlights the agricultural importance of breeding livestock and its role in our everyday lives. Stop by the Livestock Birthing Barn, located at Nimitz and MLK, to learn more about the birthing process.

Open Daily from 10 am to 7 pm.

Farm Day at the Fair

A 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. It’s a free day of agricultural awareness and 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.

Farm Day at the Fair

Animals in the Barns

Livestock Terminology

Do you know the difference between a broiler, pullet, hen, cockerel, or rooster? Sharpen your skills 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? To see when each breed competes and when they are in the barns, visit the daily schedule.

Breeds of Livestock