Destination DART: Texas State Fair – All About Animals

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It’s all about animals at the State Fair of Texas and best of all…most of the shows are free with admission! Whether you’re in the mood for livestock, seeing domestic animals do incredible things or if you’re wanting something a little more hands-on, the State Fair has something for you.

First, let’s start with in the Pan Am Arena. At different times throughout the day, the arena is home to dogs, ostriches and pigs! The pig races features different heats of pigs. The audience is divided into different sections and given a pig to cheer for making the competition that much more thrilling! Comedy is part of the show as the pigs are each given hilarious nicknames. Jump! The Ultimate Dog Show is a dog show featuring rescue dogs. And jump they do! They jump through the air making amazing Frisbee catches. Then, they take a turn splashing into the water as they see how far they can jump into a long pool of water, also after a Frisbee! Next, be sure to check out the Ostrich Races. Jockeys ride their ostriches to victory around the arena as fans cheer on their favorites.

The Wild West Pet Palooza makes its debut at the Texas State this year at the Fair Park Band Shell. It features cats, dogs, pigs and even porcupines! The animals take park in a variety of comedy skits. The show is run by an animal trainer who has worked with animals in movies such as “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective” and “That Darn Cat”.

You can get up close and personal with the animals in the Children’s Health Barnyard at Nimitz & MLK. There are lots of different animals to pet and get to know like goats, a giraffe, zebras and kangaroos! It’s free to get in, but it costs money to get money to feed the animals.

You can get to the Texas State Fair by taking the Green Line to MLK Station or to Fair Park Station. General Admission to the Fair is $17, Children under “48 are $13, Seniors age 60 and over are $13 and children under 2 are free. You can save $2 by buying your State Fair Admission along with your Go Pass. Find out more on dart.org.

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