This year’s State Fair of Texas is sure to bigger and brighter than ever. New attractions add to the already awesome experience and mean that you’ll have to make more than one visit to see and do it all! Just to make sure you don’t miss a thing, here is a guide to everything you need to know about the 2012 State Fair of Texas.
Fair Favorites: It’s not the State Fair without your favorite attractions. Big Tex is celebrating his 60th birthday this year, and he’s telling everyone that he wants a deep-fried birthday cake topped with 60 Fletcher’s Corny Dogs. Fletcher’s Corny Dogs are also celebrating a milestone anniversary this year; they’ve been frying up the Fair’s favorite food for 70 years! Get high above the action on the Texas Star ferris wheel and the Texas Skyway. Find thrills and fun on the Midway and Kidway. Motorheads and car enthusiasts won’t want to miss the State Fair Auto Show and Truck Zone. Of course, it wouldn’t be the State Fair without the animals; get your kids involved in the Pee Wee Stampede and Little Hands on the Farm.
Chinese Lantern Festival: The State Fair’s new attraction this year is dazzling. See animals, flowers, buildings, the Statue of Liberty, and a 100-foot dragon encircling the Leonhardt Lagoon. Check out the marketplace and live shows too! Come once in daylight and then return by night to see all the displays aglow. This is a paid attraction separate from the cost of admission, and you’ll need to make sure you have plenty of Fair Coupons.
Rock On: The Chevrolet Main Stage will be rockin’ all through fair season with daily concerts that are free with admission. You’ll certainly recognize the names of this year’s headliners. Here’s the schedule:
- Sept 28 – Le Freak
- Sept 29 – Kevin Costner and the Modern West
- Sept 30 – Uncle Kracker
- Oct 6 – Elle Varner
- Oct 6 – The Rebirth Brass Band
- Oct 6 – Ruthie Foster
- Oct 7 – Ramon Ayala
- Oct 8 – Bridgit Mendler
- Oct 13 – Kevin Fowler
- Oct 14 – Kansas
- Oct 19 – Kellie Pickler
- Oct 20 – The Commodores
- Oct 21 – Texas Tornados
Crazy Competitions: Fritos is celebrating its 80th birthday by eyeing a world record. On October 1st, fairgoers can witness the creation of the World’s Biggest Frito Chili Pie as the folks at Fritos try to break the Guinness World Record. On October 12th, champion Takeru Kobayashi and other hopefuls with big stomachs will compete in the Hot Dog Eating Contest at the Chevrolet Main Stage.
Girl Scouts: Continuing the year of celebrating mile stones, the Girl Scouts are celebrating their 100th anniversary this year with an exhibit in the Hall of State building. Walk through a giant Girl Scout cookie box and other exhibits in the Girl Scout 100th Anniversary Experience. Between 11AM and 3PM, you can snack on FREE Girl Scout cookies. What’s this I hear about Fried Samoas??
College Football at the Cotton Bowl: It’s not the Fair without the annual invasion of Longhorns and Sooners for the Red River Rivalry game between Texas and OU. If you don’t bleed burnt orange or Sooner red, then you can also catch the game between Grambling State and Prairie View A&M. Game tickets are separate from the cost of Fair admission.
Musical Affair at the Fair: This year’s State Fair musical is The Addams Family, opening October 2nd in the Music Hall at Fair Park. They’re creepy and kooky and you’ll definitely want to see them in all their spooky glory. Tickets are $15 to $75.
2012 State Fair Tickets:
- General Admission: $16
- Seniors (60+): $12
- Kids (Age 3 up to 48″ tall): $12
- Kids (Age 2 and under): FREE
Discounts & Deal Days:
Kroger: You can pre-purchase General Admission tickets at Kroger for $14.50. You can also get a season pass for $34.95. The season pass includes a one-day companion ticket that’s good Monday-Friday as well as one ticket to Cinemark. Kroger also has DART Combo tickets for $17, and those include a one-time round trip on DART and Fair admission.
McDonalds: McDonald’s is offering State Fair coupons for $3 off General Admission. Look for them on your tray liner or bag stuffer. They also have 1/2 Price Kids coupons (with purchase of general admission). These coupons can’t be combined with other offers.
Kroger Can Food Drive (Wednesdays): Bring 3 cans of food to donate to area food banks and you’re admission to the Fair will only be $2.
Senior Day (Thursdays): Seniors age 60 and over get in to the Fair for FREE on Thursdays thanks to Renewal by Andersen.
Dasani Water Opening Day (Sept 28th): Bring a 20 oz bottle of Dasani Water (or any Coca-Cola product) to donate to the North Texas Food Bank and get in for $6 per person per donation.
Dr Pepper $5 Tuesdays: Any Tuesday, bring an empty Dr Pepper can and get in for $5. Most rides (with the exception of the Thrillway and the Texas Star) are 5 coupons.
Dr Pepper $8 After 5PM: Any day after 5PM, bring an empty Dr Pepper can and get in for $8.
Coke $6 Thursdays: Any Thursday, bring an empty 20 oz bottle of a Coca-Cola product and get in for $6.
Dickies Day (Thursday, Oct 11th only): Anyone wearing clothing with the Dickies logo on will receive a FREE voucher for admission to the Fair on same day.
Cinemark (Thursdays): Movie lovers can present their Cinemark ticket stubs and receive FREE admission on any Thursday.