The 2015 Texas State Fair kicks off today in Dallas, Texas. The Texas State Fair has a rich history and for the past 5 years has been the biggest state fair in North America with a 2014 general attendance of 2.8 million people. The 2015 Texas State Fair offers a very wide variety of rides, shows, games and activities so if you’re just going for just one day it may be difficult to see every attraction. So we put together a top 10 list to help you out!
10. Takes photos in front of the Big Tex statue
Almost impossible to miss, the new and improved Big Tex statue was revealed in 2013 after the previous statue of 60 years burnt down in an accident. Now standing 55 feet tall and looking bigger and brighter then ever the new Big Tex definitely offers up some Instagram worthy photo opportunities (selfie stick ban in effect).
9. Test your luck and bravery on the midway
The 2015 State Fair of Texas Midway will offer over 70 rides for both adults and children. The 212 ft. Ferris wheel towers over the grounds and is a great way to see a beautiful night view of the grounds at night or just conquer your fear of heights.
There are also dozens of midway games you can test your luck on with a variety of prizes. Although, it may cost you more than expected to get your date that prize teddy bear!
8. Walk with the starlight parade through the park
Every evening at 7:15 pm, over 15 glowing floats parade through the park showcases scenes of Texas State Fair history. The parade also features the Shriner’s band, historic wagons, stilt walkers and a variety of characters.
The parade begins near the Children’s Aquarium and makes it’s way down Big & Bright Boulevard, turns right on Grand Avenue passing Big Tex, continues onto International Boulevard, and makes a final right turn onto Nimitz Drive.
7. Enjoy the the Illumination Sensation show
After your down walking with the starlight parade make your way over to the 700ft long reflecting pool that is the Fair Park Esplanade for 8 pm. The Mattress Firm has sponsored an amazing display of light, pyrotechnic and water show set to the music of Texas heritage and American Pride. The closest thing to the fountains of the Bellagio hotel without going all the way to Vegas!
6. Watch Celebrity Chef’s cook their favorite dishes
Want to eat free gourmet food and impress your significant other next time you prepare a home cooked meal? Participate and take notes as you watch local celebrity chefs prepare their favorite dishes while answering questions from the audience. The best part is that when dish is ready everyone in the audience gets to sample the creation. There are 4 Celebrity Kitchen shows daily located in the Creative Arts building.