Officials with the State Fair of Texas say the theme for this year's fair will be "Celebrating Texas Agriculture."
State Fair officials announced the theme for the fair early Monday morning, saying "it is without question that the fair has deep roots in agriculture. In honor of its history, the Fair constantly strives to promote agricultural education and aims to further support this initiative through its 2016 event."
Fair organizers said the theme serves to recognize agriculture and its relevance to both the State Fair and the state of Texas as a whole. "Celebrating Texas Agriculture" focuses on educating guests about all the ways agriculture impacts the community, as well as our day-to-day routines."
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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."
"Every year we host millions of visitors, with the ultimate goal of bringing people together for a quality event that is unique to our great state," says Mitchell Glieber, State Fair of Texas president. "Although agriculture plays a key role in our daily lives, it is not something we often stop and think about - especially those of us living in urban areas like Dallas."
"With fair-goers coming from both urban and rural backgrounds, we strive to promote agriculture to all visitors through our educational opportunities that are as enjoyable as they are informative," Glieber said.
Originally established as a livestock expo in 1886, the 2016 State Fair of Texas, which runs from Sept. 30 through Oct. 23 in Fair Park, is also celebrating 130 years of history with both Dallas and the Lone Star State.
The theme for last year's fair was "Passport to Texas -- highlighting a wide range of travel destinations in Texas, as well as their historical significance.