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State Fair of Texas – Opening Weekend Walk & Group Visit (Save the Date)

September 30, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm CDT

State Fair of Texas – Opening Weekend Walk & Group Visit. Hosted by Robert Kelleman – Dallas-Texas History & Culture

State Fair of Texas – Opening Weekend Walk & Group Visit!

Saturday, September 30 – 10:00 am.

For now this is a “save the date” type announcement and additional details provided a few weeks beforehand.

The State Fair of Texas is one of our biggest annual events – and the “most Texan place on earth”. The State Fair of Texas celebrates all things Texan by promoting agriculture, education, and community involvement through quality entertainment in a family-friendly environment. Let’s go see “Big Tex” and friends in person. We can take a leisurely group walk through the grounds and get some steps in while exploring the sites and sounds. All are welcome to attend.

The State Fair of Texas is an annual state fair held in Dallas at historic Fair Park. The fair has taken place every year since 1886 except for varying periods during World War I and World War II as well as 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It usually begins the last Friday in September and ends 24 days later. The fair claims an annual attendance of over two million visitors through ticket scanning. The State Fair of Texas is considered one of the best in America as well as Dallas’ signature event.

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Event Details …

Cost: There is an admission fee to enter the State Fair of Texas, which each attendee will need to pay for separately, on their own.

Additional details to follow.

Before the Event: The gates open at 10:00 am. Please arrive early and allow plenty of time for traffic, parking, purchase tickets (if you didn’t buy them beforehand), get through the gate, and make your way to our “Big Tex” meeting point by 10:30 am. There are several different entrance gates if you arrive by car and there are also various public transportation options such as the DART Fair Park Station.

Meeting Point: We’ll meet at “Big Tex” (55-foot tall cowboy figure) inside the park (3921 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd), and a short walk from the Cotton Bowl Stadium. Look for your host Robert (tall, with glasses, pink oxford shirt, and fedora-style hat) along with a group of friendly people with name tag stickers.

Icebreaker Introductions: We should have a good-sized group. To get to know each other we’ll distribute blank white stickers and colored markers and we’ll ask everyone to write down on their sticker: 1). first name. 2). favorite food. 3). dream vacation. Example: “Robert – Chocolate – Tokyo” or “Michele – Strawberries – Kenya”.


10:00 am – State Fair Park gates open.

10:20 – 10:30 am – Meet at “Big Tex”, hand out name tag stickers, socialize, etc.

10:30 am (approximately) – We’ll walk through the state fair park together as a group, for approximately 2 hours. You are free to come and go as you please.

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After the Event: To-be-determined.

Additional Questions: Anything that can’t be answered by the event description, Google, or common sense, please let us know.


Your host for this program is Robert Kelleman, the founder/director of the non-profit community organizations Dallas-Texas History & Culture and Washington, DC History & Culture.

Dallas-Texas History & Culture

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We look forward to seeing you – thanks!

Robert Kelleman


202-821-6325 (text only)


Fair Park
3809 Grand Avenue
Dallas, TX 75210 United States
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