What Makes Us Unique?
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 and has 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.