Friday, September 28, 2012

The Big 4-0 at Texas’ Biggest Show

One of my favorite dates on the calendar each year is the opening of the State Fair of Texas in Dallas. For more than 125 years, this world-famous, month-long event has welcomed millions of visitors to enjoy top-notch entertainment, shopping, educational exhibits and, of course, food with a Texas twist.

This year, I’m especially proud and excited as the Texas Department of Agriculture’s Food and Fiber Pavilion celebrates its 40th anniversary at the State Fair. The Food and Fiber Pavilion, sponsored by Southwest Dairy, is a 25,000-square-foot facility packed with GO TEXAN vendors promoting the products, culture and communities of the Lone Star State. From food and wine tastings to live entertainment, interactive exhibits and shopping, the Food and Fiber Pavilion offers hours of family fun under one Texas-sized roof.

The Pavilion also offers eye-opening insight into the countless ways Texas’ $100 billion agriculture industry impacts our daily lives. More than just cows, corn and cotton, the products of agriculture can be found in such everyday items as toothpaste, plastics, medicine, cosmetics, construction materials and many other things. In other words, as the name of one of our Pavilion exhibits makes clear, “Agriculture is Your Culture.”

The State Fair of Texas opens today and runs through Oct. 21. I hope you and your family will visit and say howdy. For more information, go here.

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