Think about it. What are the happiest words any Texan can hear?
No, not that one.
“A cool wave is coming in, just in time for Labor Day Weekend.”
No, not even that! We’re talking about a true Texas tradition. In that case, you’ll agree that the greatest words a Texan can hear, especially around this time of year, are these:
“Howdy, folks! This is Big Tex!”
This means you’re stepping into the historic, fun, and delicious State Fair of Texas. The Fair is a Texas tradition, not unlike our Dallas Courier team’s DFW truck services. For 37 years, Dallas Courier has been moving dry and refrigerated goods with skids, pallets, and more. We’re Texans through and through, and we love serving Texans. But let’s get back to that big Texan. Maybe even the biggest Texan that ever did live! Big Tex, and his home at the State Fair of Texas.
In just a few short weeks, the State Fair will kick off its 133rd year of existence. For over a century, the State Fair has been exhibiting and celebrating the values of Texans and our culture. In 1886, a group of Dallas businessmen created a private organization that chartered the Dallas State Fair and Exposition. Its goal was to bring the public in to enjoy attractions, sell cattle, display farm machinery and generally entertain and educate the North Texas public. In its first year, it is estimated that over 100,000 people attended.
Big Tex made his debut at Fair Park in the 1950s. This 52 foot tall cowboy-clad Texan had a previous life as a giant Santa, but once he got to Texas, he made it clear where his loyalty lay. This original Big Tex proudly served Fair Park for the duration of the State Fair for sixty years. Unfortunately, in 2012, the original Big Tex came to a dramatic demise. On the last weekend of the fair, he caught fire, destroying the figure beyond repair.
As all great Texans do, though, Big Tex survived. He was rebuilt, getting a new, larger frame, and some fancy new clothes. It’s this Big Tex version that fairgoers will be greeted by on opening day on September 27th.
Fitting for Texas, our State Fair is bigger than any other in the United States. While Minnesota does hold the record for daily attendance, the State Fair of Texas boasts the largest attendance overall. That’s because we have the longest fair in the nation, running for 24 consecutive days.
You’ll also have to have a big appetite if you’re coming to the fair. The Big Tex Awards, now in their 14th year, celebrate the most unique and delicious food creations from all over the state. This year’s winners include Ruth’s Stuffed Fried Taco Cone and Big Red Chicken Bread. Want to know more? You’ll have to head to the fair to find out!
Just like the State Fair of Texas, tradition runs deep here at Dallas Courier. For nearly 40 years, we’ve been servicing the DFW Metroplex with their transportation and logistics needs. For all of those years, we’ve kept one tradition alive: serving with honesty and integrity. Those traditional values, like Big Tex, are the pinnacle of our operations. It’s this focus that lets us serve our customers with excellence, building a reputation based on true Texas values.
You might have to wait a few weeks to head to Fair Park, but you don’t have to wait to contact Dallas Courier. Our team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to make your transportation and logistics processes successful and stress free. Contact us here on our website, or call us at 972.680.8000.