Big Tex And The Steer Made From Butter

State Fair of Texas   Opening Night 2016 Photos

State Fair of Texas Opening Night 2016 Photos

UPDATE: We made our first visit this year to the State Fair of Texas on what had to be the most perfect weather day possible.

Nearly 20 new pictures taken on opening night- including many long-exposure shots - have been added to Gallery 2 and Gallery 5.

Please stop by and check them out, as well as the pictures already on display in the Main Gallery.

We're expecting to go back to the Fair at least one more time, so expect more photos to be added to the galleries over the next couple of weeks.


UPDATE 2: As promised, we made two more trips to the State Fair of Texas during its 2016 run, and have added photos from those visits to Gallery 3 and Gallery 4.

Please stop by and check them out, as well as the pictures already on display in the Main Gallery, Gallery 2, and Gallery 5.

And if you want to learn more about the aforementioned "steer made from butter," we have a separate post about that.


24 Days. 75 Concerts. The Budweiser Clydesdales. A butter sculpture of a steer.

And the generator of a million memories.

That's the great State Fair of Texas - 130 years young - which has just begun its 2016 run in Dallas' historic Fair Park.

Not to brag (well, yes, I guess we are), but the State Fair of Texas is the largest and longest - at 24 days - state fair in the US. It's consistently ranked among the best state fairs nationwide.

The mission of the State Fair is to "celebrate all things Texan by promoting agriculture, education and community involvement through quality entertainment in a family-friendly environment."

Practically speaking, that means hundreds of shows, concerts, attractions, exhibits, and the largest new car automobile show in the Southwest.

The Man, The Myth, The Cowboy

And have we mentioned the food?

The One And Only

Another thing that makes our State Fair stand out in comparison to others is Big Tex, the Fair's 55-foot tall cowboy mascot, who has quite a colorful history.

Big Tex began his life as Santa Claus before being converted into a somewhat scary cowboy.

His countenance was updated over the years and he became a beloved part of the State Fair of Texas.

He was destroyed in an electrical fire during the 2012 Fair and was rebuilt like The Six Million Dollar Man ("we have the technology") in time for the next year's celebration.

Big Tex - with his 95-gallon hat and size 96 boots (see above) - is one of a kind. And we love him.

Sharing State Fair Memories With Egowall

If Egowall is designed to allow you to showcase your memories and share your interests with friends and family, then it's only natural for us to use it to celebrate the State Fair of Texas.

We make a pilgrimage to Fair Park each fall (often more than once) to soak it all in and take photos - many, many photos -  to document our love for the Fair.

We have an archive over more than a thousand pictures taken over the last decade.

This year, we have created a public Egowall living space to put some of our favorite State Fair photos on display.

The State Fair of Texas Gallery - a customized Urban Gallery space - has five galleries. The largest of these is the Main Gallery, which is also the default entry point to the space.

The screen capture below shows the interior of the Main Gallery.

State Fair of Texas Gallery (Main Gallery)

State Fair of Texas Gallery (Main Gallery)

All of the photos displayed there were taken between 2013 and 2015.

After you enter, you can move freely around the space to get a closer look at these photos and the additional State Fair of Texas photos yet to come.

Over the course of this year's State Fair we will be adding more photos - from this year and years prior to 2013 - to the space's other galleries.

We hope you will come back and check them out as well.

Create Your Own Place For Memories

If you are not already an Egowall member, while you are visiting our State Fair of Texas Gallery, you will be invited to register for a free account.

Once you do that, you will not only be able to create your own Egowall living space(s), but when you visit the State Fair of Texas Gallery or any other space, you will be able to read descriptions of posted photos as well as leave ratings and comments on them.

And as for the State Fair of Texas itself, you should definitely come see it. You know what they say about things being bigger in Texas.

The Fair runs this year through October 23.