This year, the State Fair will run through Oct 21, 2012. If you’re curious about the history of the State Fair and Fair Park in general, The Texas/Dallas History and Archives Division on the 7th floor has numerous resources available.
- The Great State Fair of Texas : an Illustrated History
- The State Fair of Texas
- A History, State Fair of Texas, 1886-1904
The vertical files are a great resource for newspaper clippings on the State Fair. Fair guides, brochures, and souvenir programs may also be included.
Many of our materials relate to the 1936 Texas Centennial– the event marking 100 years of Texas independence. Fair Park was selected as the central exposition site for this celebration.
Fair Park’s 227-acres include one of the largest collections of Art Deco buildings, built specifically for the 1936 centennial, in America. To learn more you can see: