State fairs are held in different states all over the United States of America, these fairs are places where people gather to compete at one contest or another. These fairs are like grand finales of previously held group stages of competitions held in their different counties till they eventually qualify for this stage. State fairs started in the 19th century majorly for showcasing all types of agricultural products. It grew into a platform to show industrial products and finally to add more of recent economic produce, the latest inclusions are games, concerts, races among others which were only added in the twenty-first century.
America’s first state fair was held in Syracuse, New York, in 1841. The State fair of Texas was first held in 1886, it is held every year at the Fair Park in Dallas, an event beginning every last Saturday of September and continues for 24 days. Over 2 million people attend this event yearly, with its official website as “www.bigtex.com”. The chain of events begins with the usual parade via downtown Dallas, but the annual Friday parade was later moved to Fair Park in 2019, and it also has a night version called Starlight Parade with a light show termed Illumination Sensation.
Commencement of the fair is usually characterized by depression in values of neighboring businesses, making them lose money while the fair lasts. There are College football actions as the center of attractions, consisting of numerous colleges. An auto-show takes place too, making the Texan event one of its types with other unique additions such as high-fat foods and deep fried food items like deep-fried Oreos, chicken fried bacon, avocados and Twinkies. Bike shows, dog races, pig races, plus children’s shows do take place.
The Mechanical and Blood Stock Association of Texas and MBSAT were known to have started the first State of Texas fair in 1870 in Houston on the north bank of Buffalo Bayou. The fair was followed by another in the same location in 1871, before it was transferred to a place currently known as Midtown, southern Houston, in 1872. It continued until 1878, and marked MBSAT’s last convened Fair, after which MBSAT were declared bankrupt. No other organization took up this initiative until recently, when local businessmen drew up this event as a private corporation, it immediately became successful, attracting people in thousands.
Unfortunately, these local businessmen could no longer run the fair due to a chain of occurrences which later led to selling the fair to the City of Dallas. The sale of this fair came with agreements setting aside 24 days of fall yearly for the event. But there have been controversial events in the history of this fair. In 1955 an Activist, known as Juanita Craft, who belonged to the Dallas City Council in Texas, spearheaded a protest demonstrating the grievances of black people against the fair’s policy of admitting black people only on specific days to celebrate successful black people. The fair also has a history of organizing days specifically for different races.