To many North Texans, October means one thing: the State Fair of Texas at Fair Park in Dallas. Now in its 128th year of wowing crowds from all over the country, the fair (which runs for 24 days through October 19) gives seniors and others a chance to celebrate and experience many exciting facets of the Lone Star State…from creative arts and outrageous fried foods to animal shows, auto shows and great entertainment. Seniors ages 60 and older are FREE every Thursday (courtesy of Genworth Financial), and can save $4 off a regular $17 ticket on other days.
Big Tex stands tall, welcoming thousands of fair-goers to a fun-filled offering of events and exhibitions. While it’s hard to see everything in just one day, here are some highlights that can be enjoyed by your senior, grandkids and other family members:
- 2015 Auto Show and Truck Show (Automobile Building and Truck Zone) – see the latest domestic and foreign cars
- Chevy Main Stage Concert Series – Red River Music Fest (Oct. 11) with Deryl Dodd, Jason Boland and The Stragglers (red dirt/Texas country band) and other headliners
- Kraig Parker, Elvis impersonator (Women’s Museum State)
- Canstruction ® Exhibit featuring the winners of the canned food creative masterpieces
- A Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of World War I (D.A.R. House)
- Wild West Pet Palooza featuring dogs, cats, porcupines and other animals in funny skits.
- Creative Arts Competitions (Creative Arts Building) – Winners and other entrants in more than 1,100 competition categories (including photography, sewing, cooking and art) are displayed. There are ongoing culinary arts demonstrations by Texas’ top chefs in the Celebrity Chef Kitchen.
- Performers such as the Mapapa African Acrobats, Tree Man Stilt Walker, Dallas Police Mounted Division demo, Dallas Mavericks Dancers, Tribal Evolution belly dancers and the State Fair Stallions (various locations)
- Texas Garden Railway (Errol McKoy Greenhouse)
- Texas Wine samplings by Angelita Vineyard, Hye Meadow Winery and many other vineyards (Texas Wine Garden)
- Livestock, Rabbits and other animal shows (Poultry Building, Swine Building and Livestock Judging Pavilion)
- Kids’ Pedal Tractor Pulls (Ag Power Plaza)
- Butterfly Releases (Texas Discovery Gardens)
- Fall Garden Competition Winners (Fairgrounds) – More than 40 winners in landscaping categories are displayed around the fairgrounds
- Starlight Parade (nightly at 7:15 p.m. on parade route), featuring lit-up floats and musicians
- Illumination Sensation (Esplanade) – Nightly colorful lighting display that includes fountains, fireworks and more
Hungry? We can’t forget about the food and the fair Midway! These tasty treats–some winners of the annual Fried Foods Competition—run the gamut from traditional to you-fried-what? New foods include Deep Fried Milk and Cookies on a Stick, Fried Chocolate Bacon Amazeballs, Deep Fried Smoked Brisket and Biscuit Fries with Chocolate Gravy. And for tried-and-true favorites, nothing beats legendary Fletcher’s Corny Dogs. These foods are not on anyone’s diet so limit yourself to one treat and share it with your companions.
Throw in a ride on the Texas Star Ferris Wheel, the world’s largest collection of art deco exhibit buildings, and sculptures to admire, and your senior will have a day to remember at the 2014 Texas State Fair. Most venues are handicap accessible.
Beyond discounts listed above, there are special discounts such as Dr Pepper Tuesdays ($5 with an empty Dr Pepper Can), Dr Pepper $8 after 8 any day after 5 p.m. (with an empty Dr Pepper can) and McDonalds $3 off discount any day (coupons available on tray liners and bag stuffers).
Homecare Assistance of Fort Worth can plan a great day at the State Fair of Texas for your senior and one of our caregivers, customized to what they’d like to see and do…and to their level of physical activity. Make a date for the State Fair of Texas, and get ready for some old-fashioned fun!