State Fair of Texas opens with food, fun and new 'Swift' exhibit

Mark Wilson
Big Tex! Corn dogs! New, astounding, and magnificently-unfamiliar things! Only at the Texas State Fair in Dallas!

Hey, Glen Rose! The State Fair of Texas – which has roots dating back as far as the 1880s –  is opening in Dallas with a new exhibit spotlighting one of the world’s most popular singer-songwriters.

The gates opened for the first time this season at 10 a.m. Sept. 29, 2016. The fair will  remain in full swing for 24 days of entertainment, food and pure family fun.

The new exhibit is The Taylor Swift Experience, which features a dress worn by the superstar singer when she attended the American Country Music Awards ceremony at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. The exhibit previously was on display at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles.

As always, scrumptious food will be available at every turn. New foods being showcased this year include bacon cream corn, the Barnyard Burger (includes crispy fried chicken and pepper bacon), a blackened shrimp baked potato, a Chocolate Tease Wine Cooler, Crunchy Fried Oinkers (pulled pork with barbecue sauce), Dallas Fried Bacon-Tilla (in a taco shell), Deep Fried Clam Chowda, Deep Fried Smoked Salmon and Bacon Croquettes, Dr Pepper Chocolate Chip Ice Cream, and Shrimp Fritters, among many others.

Admission to the music performances on the Chevrolet Main Stage Free Concert Series are included in the State Fair admission charge. Key headliners this year include Kacey Musgraves (Friday), Jazmine Sullivan (Saturday) and The Chris Perez Project (Sunday). Others scheduled to perform on the main stage include Prophets and Outlaws, Cody Johnson, Bobby Bones & The Raging Idiots, Ben Rector, Bart Crow, The Peterson Brothers, Nelly, Le Freak, The Quebe Sisters, Colton Dixon, Skillet and La Energia Nortena.

Other live music on alternate stages will include Coffey Anderson, the Tejas Brothers, and Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band, along with The Kildares, Six Appeal and the Light Crust Doughboys.

The U.S. Marine Drum & Bugle Corps will also be performing daily concerts in Marine Corps Square.

Among many other attractions will be an auto show, plus the fascinating Midway.

New this year will be a game Oct. 15 matching Air Force Academy against New Mexico University. 

The fair will open each day from Sept. 30 through Oct. 23, at 7 a.m. Exhibit buildings, outdoor exhibits and food concessions will be open 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, and from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. The hours for the Midway and various museums will vary daily.

For more information, including starting times for the musical acts and to purchase tickets, go online (