The Wave Swinger tops the list of attractions for many State Fair of Texas visitors. (Photo by Kevin Brown/State Fair of Texas)

The theme of the 2010 State Fair of Texas—”Super-Sized Fun”—reflects the annual event’s marvelous mix of entertainment and excitement for all ages. Going strong since its Dallas debut in 1886, the fall extravaganza takes place this year September 24-October 17. The lineup features the traditional Texan a of the 4-H and FFA Livestock Auction of Champions, a massive carnival midway with America’s tallest Ferris wheel, the most extensive new-car-and-truck show in the Southwest, a 52-foot -tall cowboy named Big Tex, and, of course, the highly anticipated UT vs. OU Red River Rivalry at the fairgrounds’ historic Cotton Bowl.

In addition to the Red River Rivalry and the annual State Fair Classic, which matches Grambling State and Prairie View A&M, another game comes to the Cotton Bowl this year during the fair: Texas Tech vs. Baylor. Admission to the fair is included in the ticket price for each competition, allowing fans to spend time at the fairgrounds before and after the games.

The fair always boasts a wide range of live music, and this year’s program includes the Eli Young Band, Laura Bell Bundy, the Josh Abbott Band, and lntocable. Fair-goers can also take in the Fall Garden Exhibit, held in a new, 8,000-square-foot greenhouse; see Shrek! The Musical; and enjoy other nightly attractions, such as the “Illumination Sensation,” a light-and-dancing-water show, and the Starlight Parade. Make plans this fall to head to the birthplace of Fletcher’s Corny Dogs, and have super-sized fun at the State Fair of Texas. Call 214/ 565-9931;

From the September 2010 issue
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