The State Fair of Texas has selected 125 Years – A Timeless Tradition as the theme for the upcoming 2011 season (Sept. 30 – Oct. 23). The Fair was established in 1886 and has been the primary tenant of city-owned Fair Park since 1905. This longstanding and mutually beneficial relationship has supported construction, restoration and preservation of facilities in the 277-acre complex for more than a century.
When fairgoers arrive at this year’s Fried Food Capital of Texas®, there will be more than 70 rides, 200 food locations, livestock shows, cooking competitions and the 2012 State Fair Auto Show. In addition, the Chevrolet Main Stage will feature top entertainers every weekend plus live bands throughout the week. All concerts are free for fairgoers.
Eating is one of the great traditions during the Fair’s 24-days and the focus on food begins before the Fair’s host, Big Tex, assumes his official duties. On Labor Day, State Fair concessionaires vie for top honors in the Big Tex Choice Awards. Since its inception in 2005, the contest has captured the attention of food enthusiasts with an ever-growing list of headline grabbing culinary concoctions. Past contest winners include Fried Beer™, Texas Fried FRITOS Pie®, Fried Coke®, and Chicken Fried Bacon.
Football is one of the timeless traditions of the Fair and fans will have their eyes on the Cotton Bowl when Prairie View A&M meets Grambling State in a Southwestern Athletic Conference game on Saturday, Oct. 1. Following – just a week later on Saturday, Oct. 8 – is the annual contest between the University of Texas and the University of Oklahoma.
This year’s State Fair Musical is one of the greatest love stories of all time, West Side Story. The new Broadway cast album recently won the 2010 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album. Performances will be offered daily (except Mondays), Oct. 4 – 23 in the Music Hall at Fair Park.
Gates to the 2011 State Fair of Texas will open at 10 a.m. on Friday, September 30, in Dallas’ Fair Park.