State Fair of Texas concessionaires are officially off to the races with a new lineup of incredible, edible innovations for the public to taste at the Fair this fall. The 17th Annual Big Tex® Choice Awards offers another year of exciting bites for all appetites. The 2021 lineup is bursting with flavor – whether you love savory or sweet, you’re in for a treat this year. After much deliberation in the first round of judging, the scores have been tallied and the results are in; 32 semi-finalists have been named to move forward. Comprised of 19 savory and 13 sweet entries, these semi-finalist contenders are one step closer to the main event, where they will compete for one of three winning titles: “Best Taste – Savory,” “Best Taste – Sweet,” and “Most Creative.”
The State Fair of Texas is proud to announce the lineup of FREE live music during the 2021 Fair. After a year without live music, the State Fair is more excited than ever to provide the free concert series, which spans across multiple genres and features nationally recognized headliners, in addition to local and regional talent on the rise. The Fair is known for being a celebration of all things Texan, and that includes our live music. This year, a total of 77 acts featured as part of the live music lineup hail from the Lone Star State. Fairgoers can enjoy these free concerts all 24 days of the Fair.
The Chevrolet Main Stage is an outdoor venue with a huge festival-type stage and experience, as well as an ADA-compliant area for guests needing special assistance. Health and safety of all parties involved – fairgoers, performers, and staff – remains the top priority. The Fair will adhere to all applicable CDC guidelines in place during the concert series, as well as any local, state, or federal guidelines. For more information on the Fair’s COVID-19 precautions, please visit BigTex.com/COVID.
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.
A time-honored tradition at the State Fair of Texas, the AT&T Red River Showdown between the University of Texas Longhorns and the University of Oklahoma Sooners has been played at the State Fair since 1929. Even with the cancellation of this year’s State Fair of Texas, due to COVID-19, the rivalry will continue in Cotton Bowl Stadium and fans will get to say ‘howdy’ to Big Tex. With an 11:00 a.m.
Texas time kick-off, the State Fair is urging fans to arrive early to make sure they have plenty of time to go through security, not only into the fairgrounds but also into Cotton Bowl Stadium for the game. The State Fair is also urging fans to remember the clear bag policy in effect for Cotton Bowl Stadium by visiting BigTex.com/football and review precautions related to COVID-19.
It’s about to get heated! The State Fair of Texas is thrilled to announce a special version of the Big Tex Choice Awards for 2020 – Fair Food Madness: Big Tex Choice Awards Championship. Exclusive to this year, the competition will take place entirely online. With the first of five voting rounds opening today on BigTex.com/Madness, Fair fanatics will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite previous Big Tex Choice Awards winners as they face off in randomized bracket matchups.
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.