‘Howdy, Folks!’ Welcome Back to the State Fair of Texas

Hello, hola, bonjour, nǐn hǎo, ciao, konnichiwa, guten tag, howdy. The State Fair of Texas is known for celebrating all things Texan with more than 2.5 million guests from around the globe each year. After a year hiatus, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the time-honored tradition is returning in all its Lone Star glory on Friday, September 24. It has been nearly two years since we closed the gates and said so long after the 2019 State Fair, and with more anticipation for fall than ever before, we are counting the days until we welcome back people from all walks of life with a great, big, “Howdy, Folks!” at the 2021 State Fair of Texas.

In an instant our lives went completely virtual it seems – everything from meetings, to school, to family get-togethers, concerts, and even weddings took place online. We found ourselves yearning for in-person gatherings like the State Fair of Texas. For decades, the Fair has been a meeting ground for family members, friends, colleagues, and loved ones. If the fairgrounds could talk, they would be bursting at the seams with stories of love, laughter, and togetherness. Every year we are honored to be a place for people to say, “Howdy, Folks!,” to each other, and after a year without the State Fair of Texas, we’re more elated than ever before to be that place again in 2021.

“This year’s commemorative theme art encompasses the foundation of what the Fair is all about – being together,” said Mitchell Glieber, State Fair of Texas president. “None of us could have predicted all that the COVID-19 pandemic would bring with it, but we feel so grateful to carry on the State Fair’s 135-year history and welcome everyone back with a warm, ‘Howdy, Folks!,’ this year. We’re excited to make up for lost time and help families and friends from all walks of life reconnect again, while making new memories to last a lifetime.”

At the State Fair of Texas, we pride ourselves on having something for everyone. Whether you love trying all the new foods or checking out the latest cars and trucks at the Texas Auto Show, this year’s commemorative theme art represents a diverse variety of folks enjoying all things Texan, found at the State Fair. Join us in celebrating the 2021 theme “Howdy, Folks!,” by coming out to enjoy this year’s 24-day exposition. As we welcome back everyone, health and safety of all fairgoers, vendors, and team members remains our top priority. The Fair will adhere to all applicable CDC guidelines in place during the time the Fair takes place, as well as any local, state, or federal guidelines. For more information on the Fair’s COVID-19 precautions, please visit BigTex.com/COVID.

Mark your calendars for the 2021 State Fair of Texas and say “howdy” right back to Big Tex starting September 24 through October 17 at historic Fair Park in Dallas. Season passes are now on sale at BigTex.com/Tickets. More information on ticketing for the 2021 Fair will be available in the coming months as we approach Opening Day.

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