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State Fair Attractions Through the Years

Hannah Martel, Editor

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For 130 years, the Texas State Fair has drawn in hundreds of people every October. Through the years, the fair has grown and with this growth came more attractions.

In 1913, the fair brings in the first automobile building with 175 vehicles. This year there is approximately 400 of the latest models from well know manufacturers.

“The car show is my favorite part of the fair because I like seeing the new cars,” says Freshman Brianna Sykes.

Car shows aren’t the only thing that have evolved. Through the years, the midway was grown and gained numerous rides and attractions. The Texas Star Ferris wheel, Top o’ Texas Tower, and the Dentzel Carousel have become famous in the midway. In 1952, standing a total of 55 feet, Big Tex made his debut at the fair. He was rebuilt after being destroyed in 2012 by an electrical fire. Ten years before Big Tex, Fletcher’s corn dogs came to the fair claiming to be the inventors of the modern day corn dog.

 

The Sentinel ran a poll to see which attraction was favored in Sunnyvale and these are the results:

Midway- 23%

Food Booths- 54%

Car Shows- 19%

Big Tex- 4%

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