It’s after Labor Day and summer is coming to a close despite what the weather thinks. Here at Shaddock Homes we’re sad to say goodbye to summer fun, but we’re excited for all the fall events coming up. Of course, we’re the MOST excited for one of the biggest events of the year… The Texas State Fair.
Every year the state fair comes to bring joy, junk food and endless entertainment and the lineup this year won’t disappoint. And the fair is a short drive from all of our Shaddock Homes communities! So, there’s no reason to miss out! Dates for this year’s fair run from September 28th – October 21st.
The theme for this year’s 132nd state fair is “Celebrating Texas Innovation.” The theme was chosen to highlight all of the marvelous creations that were created in Texas but cherished by the world. Some of the inspiration of the theme comes from America’s first self-contained modern shopping center, iconic corn chips and even corny dogs! The theme follows last year’s theme of “Celebrating Texans” and we know we’ll be there to celebrate.
One way to celebrate is checking out the music at the fair. The entertainment lineup for this year is so diverse that there’s surely something for everyone! Concerts take place each Friday, Saturday and Sunday throughout the duration of the fair and are free to attend once you’re inside the gates. Go here for more info or see the list below.
- 28 at 8:30 p.m.: Kraig Parker
- 29 at 2 p.m.: Sevyn Streeter
- 29 at 5:30 p.m.: Morris Day and the Time
- 30 at 5:30 p.m.: Michael Salgado
- 5 at 5:30 and 8:30 p.m.: Resurrection – a Journey Tribute
- 6 at 8:30 p.m.: Aaron Watson
- 7 at 5:30 p.m.: Austin Mahone
- 12 at 5:20 and 8:30 p.m.: The Molly Ringwalds
- 13 at 8:30 p.m.: Ludacris
- 14 at 8:30 p.m.: Hunter Hayes
- 19 at 5:30 and 8:30 p.m.: Bidi Bidi Banda – a Selena Tribute
- 20 at 8:30 p.m.: Casting Crowns
- 21 at 3 p.m.: Banda Carnaval
While the entertainment is a huge perk to the Texas State Fair, we’re partial to trying all the food! It’s of course true to theme and is full of innovative food left and right. Some of the winners of the 2018 Big Tex Choice Award are the Cotton Candy Taco, Deep Fried Shepard’s pie, Texas Twang-Kie and Deep-Fried Skillet Potato Melt in a Boat. Then there’s always the Thursday food specials where you can get a deal on classics like corny dogs and funnel cakes! To find out more about the food at this year’s fair go here.
Food and concerts may be big staples to your Texas State Fair experience, the fun doesn’t end there. Spend some of your visit in The Barns. Each year more than 5,200 students participate in youth events and leadership contests associated with livestock and agriculture heritage. And there’s plenty of cute animals to look at while you learn more about all they do. Check here for the daily schedule of events.
Farm animals not your thing? Try shopping at one of the 18 shopping locations around the park showcasing everything from hot tubs to jewelry. Check out the Creative Arts Building and see an assortment of Lone Star arts, crafts, culinary creations and performing art. Go to The State Fair Midway to ride more than 70 rides, including the iconic Texas Star® Ferris Wheel. The opportunities are really endless at the state fair. To buy tickets go here.
While it’s obvious we’re excited for the state fair, we’re also equally excited for smaller local events throughout our communities this month! If you’re in Celina check out The Friday Night Market tomorrow, Sept 7th, from 6pm-9pm. You’ll be able to shop your favorites, grab some dinner and listen to the live music of Greg Hargrove/GDH Music. More information here.
Also, tomorrow, Sept 7th, you’ll be able to enjoy the 26th Annual Wylie Championship Rodeo.
This event goes from Friday-Saturday with a variety of bull riding, live music, bounce houses and so much more. Check it out here.
If you’re in Frisco and have a dog, check out Paws in the Pool at the Frisco Water Park Saturday, Sept 8th, from 9:30am-3:30pm. Check here for various swim times and more information.
Carrollton will be having its Farmers Market this Sunday from 10am-2pm where you can stock up on your favorite produce items. While you’re there try some delicious tacos or tamales for lunch and browse the various vendors. More info here.
Later this month celebrate a bit of Germany with Oktoberfest in Historic Downtown McKinney! This event is a family favorite offering authentic German music, food and drink, traditional costumes, dancing, children’s activities and so much more! This event goes from Sept 28th-30th. Find out more and grab your tickets here.
If you’re more daring and not afraid to get messy check out MuckFest MS in Parker on September 29th from 9am-5pm. This event is at the iconic Southfork Ranch and is a fun mud run! There will be outrageous obstacles to make a mess through all while supporting people living with multiple sclerosis. 100% of your team’s fundraising dollars support the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. More info here.