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State Fair of Texas Opens Gates Friday

2016 State Fair of Texas runs Sept. 30 through Oct. 23 in Fair Park

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    The State Fair of Texas opened their gates at Fair Park Friday -- Katy Blakey was there to say hi to Big Tex and show off what's new this year. (Published Friday, Sept. 30, 2016)

    The 2016 State Fair of Texas kicks off Friday by honoring the United States armed forces.

    The fair officially opens its gates at 10 a.m. Friday, and will run through Oct. 23.

    Aerial Footage: State Fair of Texas Opening Day ParadeAerial Footage: State Fair of Texas Opening Day Parade

    Chopper 5 shows part of the State Fair of Texas' Opening Day Parade through downtown Dallas.
    (Published Friday, Sept. 30, 2016)

    Military Appreciation Day gives all members of the military, veterans, and spouses with military identification can get in the gates for free all day Friday.

    At noon, downtown Dallas celebrates the opening with the traditional parade, complete with colorful floats, drill teams and bands. The parade begins at noon from Houston and Main streets, heads east on Main to Deep Ellum.

    Final Countdown to 2016 State Fair of TexasFinal Countdown to 2016 State Fair of Texas

    In just a few hours, Fair Park will be bustling with people ready for the 2016 State Fair of Texas
    (Published Friday, Sept. 30, 2016)

    What to See

    Throughout the 24-day run, fair attendees can "experience every aspect of Texas culture," including entertainment, art, agriculture, history, cuisine and more. Additionally, the fair will have "interactive exhibits explaining how Texas agriculture touches our everyday lives and how food gets from farm to table."

    The theme this year is "Celebrating Texas Agriculture." The fair was originally established as a livestock expo in 1886. The 2016 State Fair of Texas will celebrate 130 years of history with Dallas and the Lone Star State.

    Among the distinctly Texan themes will be an exhibit for Taylor Swift. Plus, replicas of Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel frescoes will be on display at the Mundo Latino "A Celebration of Cultures" exhibit at the Women's Museum.

    Admission

    General Admission for adults is $18 at the gate, $16 online. For children and seniors, it's $14 at the gate, $14 online. Children under two are free.

    Season passes are available online and at the gate for $39.95.

    New Spin on Corny DogsNew Spin on Corny Dogs

    Fletcher's is debuting a brand new kitchen stocked full of all the equipment and ingredients needed to make the State Fair of Texas staple.
    (Published Friday, Sept. 30, 2016)

    Food

    Concessionaires will offer several new food options at the 2016 State Fair of Texas. Click here to see a list of the latest creations making their debut Friday.

    New Food Announced for 2016 State Fair of TexasNew Food Announced for 2016 State Fair of Texas

    Security

    DART will have an enhanced presence, they're encouraging everyone to ride DART to avoid traffic and get to the fair.

    More officers will be inside Fair Park and along Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard and even in Downtown Dallas.

    Sneak Peek Before Opening of State Fair of TexasSneak Peek Before Opening of State Fair of Texas

    The State Fair of Texas opens Friday, and NBC 5 got a sneak preview of all the rides, food and other fun attractions at Fair Park.
    (Published Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016)

    Award Honors Dallas Police

    The Dallas Police Department was honored with the fair's first ever Pride of Texas Award at Friday's opening ceremony.

    The award was inspired by the tragic ambush of police officers in downtown Dallas on July 7.

    State Fair of Texas Opens with a Huge CrowdState Fair of Texas Opens with a Huge Crowd

    Thousands of visitors helped welcome the 2016 State Fair of Texas Friday with fireworks, concerts and fanfare. The Dallas Police Department received a Pride award for its heroic actions July 7.
    (Published Friday, Sept. 30, 2016)

    Chief David Brown accepted the award on behalf of the department.

    "Thank you so much for all of the appreciation you've given our officers. It has been heartfelt and much needed to keep our folks encouraged who are on the front lines protecting all of us day in and day out," he said.

    Online: BigTex.com


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