Dallas, Texas

Dallas can trace her history back to 1841. Dallas itself is home to many sporting events, shopping malls, farmerÂ’s markets, museums, memorials, galleries, a zoo, festivals, and parades as well as the state fair, which is held annually in Fair Park. It is located slightly north east of Fort Worth.

Dallas can trace her history back to 1841 when John Neely Bryan laid claim in the area and built a homestead. The railroad arrived in the mid 1870s bringing with it immigrants of French, German, Swiss and English descent. Today, Dallas is home to many sporting events, shopping malls, farmer’s markets, museums, memorials, galleries, a zoo, festivals, parades and the state fair. It is located slightly north-east of Fort Worth.

Fair Park, home of the State Fair of Texas, is a 277 acre area located along Robert B. Cullum Blvd. It is actually a division of the Dallas Park and Recreation Department. In 1986, Fair Park was designated as a National Historic Landmark. In addition to the State Fair, it also hosted the 1936 Texas Centennial Exposition. On the park grounds are several museums and a Vietnam Memorial. Within the Fair Park area is the African American Museum, the Children’s Aquarium, Museum of Nature and Science, the Museum of the American Railroad, the Music Hall, and the Cotton Bowl Stadium. The Hall of State is located at Fair Park as well. In 2011, at the State Fair, fairgoers who visited the Hall of State were treated to an exhibit featuring artifacts from Davy Crockett, San Houston, James Bowie and Stephen F. Austin.

More than three million people attend the State Fair of Texas every fall. The State Fair offers livestock competitions, entertainments, carnival food, a midway and football. In 2011 entertainers included Randy Travis! The Texas-OU football game is held annually during the fair. It is held at Fair Park at the Cotton bowl Stadium. The State Fair this year (2012) will run from 28 September through 21 October. The Addams Family will be the featured show in 2012 at the Music Hall.

Every summer many enjoy the Dallas Summer Musicals from June through October. They are held at the Music Hall in Fair Park. The last production of the summer coincides and runs through the State Fair. The Dallas Summer Musicals is celebrating its 72 season. It is the largest producer of live theatrical entertainment in the Southwest, the second oldest summer theatre organization in the United States, and the sixth largest non-profit theatre company in the nation.

Fair Park is also home to the annual North Texas Irish Festival. This March - March 2-4, 2012 - will be the 30th Annual North Texas Irish Festival. The festival includes dance performances, musical performances, exhibitors, workshops and demonstrations. Enjoy traditional Irish food like stew, corned beef and cabbage and fish and chips. The festival is put on by the Southwest Celtic Music Association.

Fair Park is visited by over seven million people each year. These visitors enjoy Fair Park’s cultural, educational and sports facilities as well as the many special events.


Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman began writing in 1985, with her work appearing in several local newspapers. From 2003-2009, she spearheaded an online newspaper company, which had two newspapers, the PA Farm News and SolancoNews.com. The latter covered everything from hometown heroes and new businesses to the Nickel Mines Shooting. She received her Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Lock Haven University, and was diagnosed with diabetes in 2009. Her interests include learning more about diabetes and how to deal with it, genealogy, history/travel, gaming and Orthodoxy. You may contact Jeanne with your comments and questions

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Posted on Apr 28, 2012