Whoever coined the phrase about getting better, not older, could have been talking about the North Texas Fair and Rodeo.
The event will turn 85 this year, but don’t let that fool you into thinking that the action is slowing down — one look at the schedule is all it takes to see that this show has real legs.
The fair and rodeo opens today and runs through Aug. 24 at the North Texas Fairgrounds, 2217 N. Carroll Blvd., offering visitors nine days of music, shopping, livestock, rodeo and plenty of family fun.
It’s an incredible array of entertainment, activities and tradition that continues to win new attendees and keeps longtime fans coming back for more year after year.
There’s so much going on that it’s tough to list highlights — plus, longtime fans all have their favorite activities and won’t be swayed.
For some, rodeo is the main thing, and this year’s event will include plenty of action in that arena. Then, there are those folks who enjoy the contests, pageants, arts and other activities, and there will be plenty to keep them happy this year, as well.
But one of the top draws for many has been and continues to be the music — the North Texas Fair and Rodeo always seems to corral some of the best entertainers available for its annual run.
“Our music is always the highlight — nine days, and over 30 different bands and artists in those nine days,” said executive director Glen Carlton. “Some of the bigger names this year are the Josh Abbott Band and Casey Donahew Band, Jack Ingram and Neal McCoy.”
This year will also include a new musical addition — rock band Madison Rising will be taking the stage.
Add to that such attractions as the Peterbilt Kids Zone, the trackless train, a rock-climbing wall, pony rides and another fun zone sponsored by First United Bank, and you’ve got plenty of additional reasons to visit the fair. Another new attraction will educate fairgoers about rainforest animals, bringing a 25-foot exhibit with more than 20 species.
But we’re forgetting the rides. For the fifth year in a row, Talley Amusements will provide the carnival rides during the fair.
And be sure and bring your appetite because another highlight of the annual fair is the food — just thinking about all the choices makes us hungry.
In fact, watching families enjoy the various concessions is one of the best ways to see what a multi-generational event the fair really is. You’ll see visitors in a wide range of ages sharing the flavor of the fair, and the eyes of grandparents will be glowing as brightly as those of the youngsters.
The North Texas State Fair Association is committed to a mission of supporting youth, agriculture and community, which is another reason we love the fair. All revenue generated is reinvested into various programs, scholarships and facilities.
It’s a fun time and a real bargain, so check it out. We’ll be featuring daily event schedules through the run of the fair, and you can visit http://www.ntfair.com for more information .