The State Fair of Texas® has selected Big and Bright as its theme for the upcoming 2012 season, which begins Sept. 28 and runs through Oct. 21. Embarking on its 126th exposition, the State Fair will amp up with high wattage attractions.
Leading the way will be a Chinese Lantern Festival featuring illuminated and animated displays as large as 50 feet high and 300 feet long while fairgoers visiting Cotton Bowl Plaza will be entertained with an all new production of lights and graphics displayed on the facade of the historic Cotton Bowl stadium. Traditional crowd favorites such as the Starlight Parade, Illumination Sensation and Midway Lights will also light up the evening sky surrounding Fair Park.
In addition to lights, lights and more lights, at the Hall of State, fairgoers will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts of America with an exhibit saluting the organization’s commitment to community service, camping and societal issues. Other popular exhibits include the 2013 State Fair of Texas Auto Show and a chance to see the latest in motor trends.
The Chevrolet Main Stage will once again pull back the curtain to feature top entertainers every weekend plus live bands throughout the week; all concerts are free to fairgoers. Of course, Fair folks follow football and fans will have all eyes glued to the Cotton Bowl when Prairie View A&M meets Grambling State in a Southwestern Athletic Conference game on Saturday, Oct. 6. Following – just a week later on Saturday, Oct. 13 – is the annual contest between the University of Texas and the University of Oklahoma.
Food, food and food, fun, fabulous and fried, the latest Big Tex® Choice Award winning entries will have to be tried. Since its inception in 2005, the Labor Day contest has captured the attention of Fair concessionaires eager to amaze visitors with the latest fried culinary classics. Past contest winners include Fried Bubblegum™ and Deep Fried Buffalo Chicken in a Flapjack.
Only time will tell if this year’s Grand Champion Steer is another record seller, topping last year’s sale price of $102,000 at the Youth Auction of Champions.
Everyone knows they’re creepy and they’re kooky, mysterious and spooky; and now The Addams Family will storm a gloomy stage during this year’s State Fair Musical. Performances will be offered daily Oct. 2 – 21 (except Mondays and Thursday, Oct. 11) in the Music Hall at Fair Park.
Gates to the 2012 State Fair of Texas will open at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 28 in Dallas’ Fair Park.