State Fair’s Midway Sign Needs $400,000 In Repairs

0620 midway sign3 State Fairs Midway Sign Needs $400,000 In Repairs


The famed Midway sign at Fair Park is in need of a facelift after the recent hail storm. The classic sign was damaged severely during last week’s hail storm.

Fair officials revealed Wednesday that a least 55 custom made glass tubes in the sign were broken from hail. The sign has been a staple at the State Fair since 1948, four years before Big Tex even settled at Fair Park.

Herb Ward of Big D Signs told that he helped his father put up the sign in 1948 and he has been maintaining it since. Ward said that the tubes in the letters were not lost but the broken tubes in the sign all need to be custom made.

The 25-foot star on top of the sign was also broken and a whole new star will need to be remade. In 1979 a State Fair news letter said the Midway sign cost $11,000 to make. Replacing the sign would cost $400,000 today, according to Ward.

The sign can be repaired, and should take about a month to get the sign done. Fair officials have not said what the exact cost will be.

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