The State Fair of Texas has returned for another year of Texas-sized entertainment. Since its beginning in 1886, the annual event has offered a variety of family fun: concerts, live shows, carnival rides and award-winning food.
This year, the fair will run from Sept. 27 to Oct. 20.
Last year, over two million people visited Fair Park during the 24-day event.
The 212-foot-tall Texas Star ferris wheel sits in the State Fair Midway and offers panoramic views of Dallas and the Metroplex.
Midway is also home to over 70 rides and carnival games.
The annual AT&T Red River Showdown between the UT-Austin and University of Oklahoma’s football teams will be at the Cotton Bowl Stadium, a state fair staple, this Saturday.
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The Midway Barker tells jokes to fairgoers Oct. 1 at the State Fair of Texas. The Barker performs throughout the day in the Cotton Bowl Plaza.
Black Star, an Australian cattle dog, leaps over a high jump bar during the All-Star Dog Stunt Show on Oct. 1 at the State Fair of Texas. The show occurs multiple times throughout the day with different dogs performing at each show.
Mabank resident Rylan McFaul, 10, stares at a cluster of baby chickens inside of a clear habitat at the Livestock Birthing Barn at the State Fair of Texas on Oct. 4 in Dallas. The barn exhibited the birthing process of several livestock animals.
Major James Foley, director of the United States Marine Drum and Bugle Corps, leads a performance Oct. 1 at the State Fair of Texas. 2019 marks the 56th year the drum and bugle corps has performed at the fair.
Big Tex looms large Oct. 1 at the State Fair of Texas. The 55-foot-tall cowboy has been greeting visitors to the fair since 1952.
A Selena Quintanilla marionette doll dances on stage during the ¡Fiestas de Marionetas! show Oct. 1 at the State Fair of Texas. This is the first year the show has been a part of the state fair.
Producing director Kent Williams, right, dances with Rockwall resident Hailey Tucker, 6, during the ¡Fiestas de Marionetas! show Oct. 1 at the State Fair of Texas. Williams said he has been with Geppetto’s Marionette Theater company for 24 years.
Cotton candy bags line a pole Oct. 4 at the State Fair of Texas at Fair Park in Dallas. Crafted in 1897, the sugary treat still remains a fair favorite.
The Texas Star Ferris wheel reflects on the water of Leonhardt Lagoon on Oct. 1 at the State Fair of Texas. Visitors can pedal swan boats around the lagoon.
A bird takes off from the Texas Star Ferris wheel during the World of Birds show on Oct. 1 at the State Fair of Texas. The show returned to the fair after a six-year break.
Big Tex looks over Fair Park at sunset Oct. 1 during the State Fair of Texas. Big Tex stands 55-feet-tall and greets people as they walk around the grounds.
Downtown Dallas seen from the top of the Texas Star Ferris wheel Oct. 1 at the State Fair of Texas. The ferris wheel is 212 feet tall and offers a 360 degree view of Fair Park and Dallas.
Allen resident Robert Killian, right, and Dallas resident George Rodriguez take pictures of the fireworks show Oct. 1 at the State Fair of Texas. Killian and Rodriguez said they have been going to the fair at least once a year since 1982.
Big Tex welcomes fairgoers to the State Fair of Texas on Oct. 3 at Fair Park in Dallas. The iconic cowboy stands 55 feet high and wears a 95 gallon hat.
Fairgoers dig into a fried bacon cinnamon roll at the State Fair of Texas on Oct. 3 at Fair Park in Dallas. The cinnamon roll won the best taste category in 2012.