One of the Lonestar State’s favorite traditions, the State Fair of Texas, draws visitors from all over the world to Dallas each year.
Texas’ fair is among one of the largest in the country and boasts many events, games, rides and creative eats to try.
Here’s what we know about the fair as it enters its 136th year:
How long does the fair last?
It lasts 24 days making it the longest-running fair in the country. Opening day this year was Sep. 29 and the final day is Oct. 22.
How many people attend the fair?
More than 2.5 million people attended the fair last year, according to the organizations website. Daily attendance last year ranged from 54,340 on a Monday up to 207,380 on the busiest day, which is typically the Texas-Oklahoma football game at the Cotton Bowl.
Where is the State Fair of Texas located?
The event is held inside historic Fair Park in southern Dallas.
Does the fair have a curfew policy?
A new policy this year requires children 17 and younger entering the fairgrounds after 5 p.m. to be accompanied by an adult who is at least 21.
Are weapons allowed at the fair?
No weapons are permitted on the fairgrounds, including but not limited to firearms, knives, clubs, tasers, chemical dispensing devices, and all sharp metal objects like pocketknives and scissors.
However, the fair has allowed attendees with valid handgun licenses to carry their handguns in a concealed manner except for in locations prohibited by law.
Have there been shootings at the fair in recent years?
A shooting at the fair Saturday night that led to an evacuation of the fairgrounds raised safety questions. Aside from a reports of a shooting at the fair last season that was deemed a false alarm, major security concerns at the fair haven’t seemed to make news in at least the last few years.