Home-and-Family At this time of the year, the mood of Texas changes to fun and frolic and is a sight to behold. The Texas State Fair that takes place in the heartland of Texas causes this mood swing. It takes place for 24 days in the end of September and the beginning of October. For fun lovers, kids and the young at heart, this event is a must see. The Texas State Fair finds mention in many musicals and Broadway movies. The Texas State Fair is held at Fair Park in the heart of Dallas. This monstrous fairground measures a phenomenal 277 acres. It is certainly the biggest of the big in Texas, where everything is bigger and better! Owned by the city, this complex houses the Cotton Bowl, Music Hall, and eight museums, including one devoted to the history of the state fair. However, during the time of the state fair, Fair Park is turned upside down. The Texas State Fair started in the year 1886 and since then it has been an annual affair. Its purpose at that time was to show the best livestock, crops, and exchange of new ideas between agriculturists of the state. As a tradition, a football match between local Boys University of Texas and the Sooners from the University of Oklahoma is regularly held since 1929. Texas Centennial Expo was held in the year 1936 in Fair Park. It is estimated that six million people visited the expo during the course of six months. Big Tex, the huge cowboy that welcomes all visitors into Fair Park, is the biggest and best feature of the fair. It first appeared at the state fair in 1952 and has been to every fair ever since. This gentle giant welcomes visitors in the true Texan style of "Howdy partner" and a friendly wave. Each year, the fair brings in approximately $350 million during its 24 day span. That number is astronomical, but considering the fair draws over 8,000 livestock entries, 7,000 creative arts entries, and over 200 food locations and restaurants, it’s no surprise this is a lucrative business for the state. Additionally, travelers from far and wide flock to Dallas each year, bringing in welcome dollars for hotels and lodgings. The money from the fair is put to good use, including funding a scholarship program that gives $1.5 million each year for eligible students to use each year towards college. The Texas State Fair is also famous for its rides. The ride revenue brings in $23 millions each year as visitors queue up to ride everything from the daring to the classic. The colossal 212 foot Texas Star is the tallest Ferris wheel on the continent in keeping with the tradition of bigger and better things in Texas. Take time to visit the great exhibition halls in between riding the many rides and eating all the fantastic fair food. These exhibition halls are packed with livestock and agricultural products from all over the state. Also, check out the great arts and crafts entries from everyone from the 4H crowd to the professional crafters that take their hobbies seriously. The fantastic Texas State Fair is a must see event in this country. Visitors every year come from near and far, so make the decision to join them next year and come to the fair. About the Author: 相关的主题文章: