By Angelina Liu
The smell of fried oreos, snickers and funnel cakes wafts through the open field as the sounds of children screaming and carnival rides echo all around the carnival grounds. The famous Big Tex statue casts a friendly wave over crowds of people trying award-winning baked goods and barbecue at the annual Texas State Fair in Dallas Fair Park.
The State Fair was established in 1886 and promotes agriculture, local business, education and community. The fair is the longest running in the nation, spanning 24 days from Sept. 30 to Oct. 23.
According to the State Fair of Texas website, the fair offers a variety of exhibits focusing on agriculture and livestock. Fairgoers are encouraged to feed furry friends at petting zoos and learn about different livestock species during the daily guided tours through the livestock barns.
The State Fair is also home to one of the world’s largest collections of Art Deco structures. By offering a wide variety of educational as well as entertaining exhibits through the grounds.
The State Fair of Texas also supports the individual missions of its fellow Fair Park establishments which focus on educating visitors about Texas history and agriculture.