When the fair rolls around, people get so excited about the rides, foods, and games that they don’t always realize all of the other things going on at the fair to get excited about! From competitions to scavenger hunts to concerts, the East Texas State Fair is full of attractions and special events that will appease to anyone.

The East Texas State Fair opens Thursday, September 22 and runs through Sunday, October 2. You can find ticket prices and specials here. All of the attractions and events are included in the cost of your ticket!


Eudora Farms Petting Zoo- An interactive petting zoo with hands-on experiences with exotic animals. Learn about their natural habitats, why some are near extinction and what is being done to prevent extinction. Get up close and personal with a fennec fox, newborn camels and a Scotch highlander.

Swifty Swine Racing Pigs- Go HOG WILD at Pork Chops Downs Speedway as these little oinkers race to the finish for the coveted Oreo cookie prize!

Wood B Creations- Come see Burt let the art out of the wood – he takes a blank piece of log and turns it into something magnificent!

Special Events

42nd Annual Senior Citizens Day-Thursday, September 22nd. It is Fiesta Time at the 42nd celebration of area Seniors! Enjoy entertainment in Harvey Convention Center, bingo in the historic Mayfair Building, dominoes in the Activities Building, and Otis and The Metroband on the main stage at 7:00 PM.

Agriworld- How does agriculture touch your daily life? Learn all about agriculture in our community in AgriWorld. Visit the Secret Garden to learn about composting, butterfly gardens and rain harvesting. You can stop in at Country Life to see chickens hatch, farm animals and locally grown produce. Wildlife Wonders will have you exploring wildlife tracks, camping and forestry. You can end your tour in Ag in My Community to see how it all relates back to East Texas. Also, don’t miss the videos in the AgriWorld Theater and special demonstrations throughout the fair.

Musical Showcase- Enjoy daily entertainment from local school and youth music groups  from 11 to 1 on weekdays inside Harvey Convention Center.

QuestionQuest- Learn your way around the fairgrounds with the QuestionQuest scavenger hunt. Pick up your map and questions at the East Texas State Fair booth and find the answers throughout your fair experience. Return the completed QuestionQuest to the Fair booth to be entered to win!


The East Texas State Fair is bringing back the Samsung Stage and filling it with tons of incredible acts to entertain us each and every night. There are acts to ranging from Texas Country to an insane 13 year old guitarist. Here is a list of the performances!

Thursday, September 22- Otis and the Metroband at 7:00 PM

Friday, September 23- The Matthew Davidson Band at 7:30 PM

Saturday, September 24- JB and the Moonshine Band at 8:00 PM

Sunday, September 25- La Invasora (96.7, 92.3) 10th Anniversary All Day Music Festival

Monday, September 26- The Sounds of Smith County at 7:30 PM

Tuesday, September 27- This Day Forth at 7:30 PM

Wednesday, September 28- Truffala Tree at 7:30 PM

Thursday, September 29- Something Blue at 7:30 PM

Friday, September 30- Brad Dunn and Ellis County at 7:30 PM

Saturday, October 1- Cody Canada and the Departed at 8:00 PM

We put together a survival guide of things you will need to make it through the fair this year. With all of the attractions, food, and entertainment, it is impossible to not have a good time. What are you looking forward to seeing/doing at the fair this year?


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