What Makes Us Unique?
State Fair of Texas (SFT) is the largest State Fair in the country and the largest annual exposition in North America.
The SFT is a 24-day exposition (no other U.S. state fair runs longer).
Fair Park, site of the annual state fair since 1886, is a National Historic Landmark. The park boasts the largest collection of art deco exposition buildings in the world.
SFT is the only state fair to feature a major automobile show as an annual attraction. More than 400 new cars and trucks are debuted by manufacturers. First presented in 1904, the show is a top SFT visitor attraction.
SFT is the only state fair to host a legendary college football rivalry as an annual event. (The Texas vs. Oklahoma game has been played during the SFT every year since 1929.)
SFT offers patrons a chance to ride one of the tallest Ferris wheels in North America (212-ft. Texas Star).
SFT's estimated annual economic impact of the D/FW economy is $350 million.
SFT is a private, non-profit corporation that receives no funding from federal, state or local government. SFT not only pays its own way, but also contributes significant dollars to:
Renovation, improvements and preservation of city-owned Fair Park
Underwriting for museum programs and community events
College scholarships for inner city youth and students pursuing agricultural careers
Big Tex®, symbol of the SFT, is the world's tallest talking cowboy figure and a widely-recognized Texas icon. He is 52 feet tall andhas been a fixture at the SFT since 1952.
SFT attracts a staggering amount of national & local media
coverage year after year (USA Today, Newsweek, CNN, "ESPN Gameday," "CBS Evening News").
SFT attracts a heavily urban audience by virtue of its location
in the heart of a major metropolitan area. Approximately 80%
of SFT visitors come from a 50-mile radius of the D/FW market.