The final countdown to three of the most coveted food titles in all of Texas begins. The State Fair of Texas is proud to present the 17th Annual Big Tex Choice Awards.
On Sunday, August 29, three winners will be crowned in the categories of: “Best Taste – Savory,” “Best Taste – Sweet,” and “Most Creative.” The competition began in early July with an impressive 43 entries represented by 26 concessionaires. Of those entries, 32 were selected as semi-finalists. Each entry was evaluated on four Fair-food elements: uniqueness, creativity, presentation, and taste.
After some tasty tests and delicious dishes, votes were cast and the results are finally in! Now the top ten finalists must present themselves to a prestigious panel of celebrity judges in hopes of securing one of the top spots. If your favorite entry did not make the final cut, fret not, concessionaires may still choose to introduce their creation at their stand as a new food during this year’s Fair.
The State Fair of Texas is proud to announce that in 2020, Big Tex Urban Farms harvested and donated more than 26,000 pounds of food, which equates to more than 295,000 servings of fresh produce donated to nine organizations in the Fair Park and South Dallas communities. Since the inception of Big Tex Urban Farms in 2016, the State Fair has donated more than 688,000 total servings – bringing us nearly 70% of the way to meeting our million servings mission goal announced in the fall of 2018.
Despite the COVID-19 Pandemic, Big Tex Urban Farms never stopped operating in 2020. In response to the global crisis, the Farms adjusted their harvest and donation procedures to include proper safety protocols so the State Fair could continue to serve the community in this dire time of need. These safety protocols include workers wearing masks and gloves, socially distancing at all times, updating donation procedures to be contactless, and shifting tours of the Farms to be virtual rather than in-person.
Even in the absence of the 2020 State Fair of Texas, everyone’s favorite 55-foot-tall cowboy is resuming his post as the official State Fair of Texas ambassador for his 68th year. Our beloved Texas icon, Big Tex, returns to his rightful home on Wednesday, September 16 starting at 10 a.m. in Big Tex Circle. Due to safety concerns related to COVID-19, this year’s Big Tex installation is only open to media, not to the general public.
For the first time in its 134-year history, the State Fair of Texas is thrilled to introduce the Big Tex Fair Food Drive-Thru – a special event for 2020 in lieu of the annual 24-day exhibition. Saddle up for the ride of the year, Fair fanatics – you asked, we listened, and we cannot wait to deliver you a safe, one-of-a-kind, State Fair Drive-Thru experience. But what is the State Fair without Big Tex? You guessed it, it’s all in the name – Texas’s favorite cowboy will return to his rightful home in Big Tex Circle in just a few short weeks.
We could all use a bit of cheer right now, which is why Big Tex has a special announcement for cowboys and cowgirls ages 12 and younger. The State Fair of Texas is excited to introduce the Big Tex Little Lone Stars Club. This brand-new club is a free membership for young fans of the Fair aimed at keeping Little Lone Stars busy at home, while learning about all things State Fair. Continue reading →
Today is opening day at the State Fair of Texas. We will be bringing you reports of all the sights and sounds of the of the 3-week event. We have a few highlights of what to look for today, and hope your time spent at the great State Fair of Texas is a joyous one for you and your family and friends. Continue reading →