Shining the Light On This Year's State Fair Memories

We weren't able to get back to you by early October with this post as we had promised, so we're definitely sorry about that.

'Nuff Said

'Nuff Said

But we hope the end result of that delay turns out to be worth it for you.

Keep reading to find out why.

Our first trip this year to the State Fair of Texas was during the middle of the day. The photographic opportunities are quite different in daylight than later in the day.

So we made a second trip to Dallas' Fair Park to take in the Fair the late afternoon and evening.

Last year's State Fair of Texas Gallery site was a customized Urban Gallery space.

This year we chose a smaller, somewhat more intimate space - an Urban Studio where you can basically stand in the center of the space and see every one of the available images.

All of this year's images are different from last year's photographs and include a mix of photos taken during our two visits.

Collectively, they provide you with some idea of the wide tapestry of sights available to fairgoers.

Fair Park's Hall of State and Esplanade

As much fun as it is, the fair only (!) lasts for 24 days each year.

And the 2017 edition of the great State Fair of Texas is now in the books and more than 2 million visitors have returned home with great memories and perhaps a few souvenirs.

But as certainly as the sun rises in the east, Big Tex will rise again and the Fair will be back for another go-round in September 2018.

Do yourself a favor and come to Dallas next fall and take in the sights and sounds of a state fair like no other.

In the meantime, we invite you to create your own photo galleries in Egowall to showcase some of the memorable things you've been doing this year.

Then be sure to share them with your friends so that everyone you know can learn more about The Real Youβ„’.

Our State Fair Is A Great State Fair

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This Friday - September 29 - is a big day in Texas.

On that date the State Fair of Texas returns to Fair Park for its annual 24-day smorgasbord of food, rides and games, food, music and live entertainment, food, sports, food, livestock and well, food.

And while eating at the Fair remains a meat-lover's dream scenario, vegans and vegetarians have a number of delectable options available as well.

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

The Fair has been a Dallas tradition since 1886 and draws more than two million visitors each year from all around the country.

One of our most popular blog posts in 2016 focused on the Urban Gallery living space that we converted into a showcase for photos we took during several visits to the Fair.

We plan to do the same this year and will share those photos in a blog post here in early October.

We love photography and we REALLY love the great State Fair Of Texas, where there are many opportunities to create art that we want others to see.

We want to again illustrate one of the many ways you can use Egowall to share the real you with your friends and family.

And as far as our State Fair goes, we think that Rodgers and Hammerstein got it exactly right.

Now ... About That Steer Butter Sculpture

In our blog post celebrating photos taken at the 2016 State Fair of Texas - which are showcased in an Egowall public space - we referred to a "butter sculpture of a steer" which was on display for this year's fairgoers.

Butter sculptures at state fairs - or anywhere else - are far from a new thing

And they did not originate in Texas, though we like to think so (hey, we're Texan - it comes with the territory).

This year's sculpture, found in the Creative Arts Building at the State Fair of Texas, is the Real Frickin' Deal. Seriously.

Created by Dallas painter and sculptor Ken Robison, it was inspired by the 2015 Youth Livestock Auction Grand Champion steer of the same name (a.k.a., RFD), who sold for a record $130,000 (!) at the auction.

Proceeds from that auction went to the the state fair's college scholarship fund, which has raised more than $20 million since 1990.

To sculpt RFD, Robison had to spend many frosty hours in a refrigerated case at Fair Park.

But we think he did an exceptional job, as you can see in the picture below.

2016 State Fair of Texas Butter Sculpture

You'll find another picture of RFD's butter doppleganger in the State Fair of Texas Gallery - a customized Urban Gallery space. We hope you'll check it out along with our other state fair pictures.

Oh, and for the record, RFD is still around.

The winning bid came from Dallas' III Forks steakhouse and its charity-oriented Big Tex Champion Club.

RFD is happily living out his life at the Harkey Ranch in Katemcy, four hours southwest of Dallas, so everyone's a winner here.

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.