The State Fair of Texas announced it’s highly anticipated 2018 theme today highlighting Texas’ cutting edge spirit — “Celebrating Texas Innovation.”
The State Fair of Texas cited the creation of America’s first self-contained modern shopping center, stadium nachos, iconic corn chips, the frozen margarita machine, handheld calculators, and corny dogs as creations produced from the Lone Star State.
Texas delivers inventions, technological advancements and scientific milestones, a news release said. This year’s fair theme aims to commemorate significant Texans and Texas innovations that have helped influence our current way of life and looks forward to the state’s next era of pioneers.
State and world fairs have long been known as destinations for introducing new modernizations to the world. Beginning in 1886 as a local gathering place for people to share ideas and learn from new cultures, the annual state fair and exposition in Fair Park became a breeding ground for Texas education and innovation, the release explained. Still today, education remains a pillar of the fair’s mission.
“We believe that innovation stems from education,” Mitchell Glieber, State Fair of Texas president, said in the release. “Through recent initiatives like Big Tex Urban Farms and ongoing programs like the Fair’s TEKS-aligned curriculum, I Spy Texas display, Big Tex’s Farmyard, and our 170 agricultural events ranging from livestock competitions to ag robotics, we aim to inspire future innovators by offering exhibits and activities that are both educational and entertaining.”
Illustrating this year’s theme, the artwork highlights Texas innovations such as the integrated circuit, agricultural advances, space exploration, and food innovation.
The Fair will be launching a year-long social campaign to highlight significant Texans and Texas organizations who have imprinted on our great state’s history and future.
The 2018 State Fair of Texas opening Sept. 28 at historic Fair Park in Dallas and will end Oct. 21.