The State Fair of Texas Will Open for a Limited Drive-Thru Event

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Although the usual 24-day state fair is cancelled due to the coronavirus, you can still enjoy some fair food and get a picture with Big Tex at a newly announced limited drive-thru event! It’s being called the Big Tex Fair Food Drive-Thru.

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🗣The announcement you’ve all been waiting for…. drumroll please… 🥁🥁🥁 The State Fair of Texas is THRILLED to introduce the Big Tex® Fair Food Drive-Thru on select weekends in September & October, which means… you guessed it, Big Tex will be standing tall, waiting to greet you with his iconic, “Howdy, Folks” all while you enjoy a selection of your favorite Fair foods. 😍🤠 Three package options will be available for online purchase only (swipe to see each option/what’s included). Sign-up to be a Big Tex Insider to get first access to tickets when they go on sale (Sept. 2), Our number one priority is health and safety of everyone involved. With that in mind, we will be implementing several health and safety protocols for this event, please head to for more information. #BigTexDriveThru #TXFairFood

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About 50,000 families will be able to participate in this COVID-safe event which includes a super-limited family photo-op with Big Tex.

To make social distancing easier, participants will line up in Fair Park in their vehicles. Once you reach Big Tex Circle, you’ll be able to get out of your car in your face mask and line up for your photo.

There will be hand sanitizing stations throughout the line and six feet or more of space in between groups.

Big Tex is also doing his part to make sure everyone stays safe by wearing a face covering!

Workers will also take precautions like wearing face masks and gloves while preparing your tasty treats.

The fair is offering two different photo and food packages — one that feeds one to two for $65 and another that feeds three to four people for $99.

Both packages include beloved State Fair of Texas snacks like Fletcher’s Corny Dogs, cotton candy, kettle corn, and Stiffler’s Fried Oreos. You’ll even get a midway prize with your order and your choice of soft drinks or bottled waters.

If you don’t want snacks, there’s also a $25 package that just includes a photo-op with Big Tex.

When Is the Historic State Fair of Texas Drive-Thru

The Big Tex photo op version of the drive-thru State Fair event is only available on September 19th and 20th, so make sure you snag your tickets as soon as they go on sale on September 2nd!

If you just want the State Fair of Texas food drive-thru experience you can get tickets for any of these dates:

  • September 25th
  • September 26th
  • September 27th
  • October 2nd
  • October 3rd
  • October 4th
  • October 9th
  • October 10th
  • October 11th
  • October 12th
  • October 15th
  • October 16th
  • October 17th
  • October 18th

Get Your Tickets


Why This Event is COVID-safe

  • Attendees mostly stay in their cars
  • All State Fair of Texas staff wear face masks and gloves
  • Hand sanitizing stations are placed throughout the event
  • Any groups of people are kept at least 6 feet apart
  • Attendees exiting their vehicles for things like using the restroom are required to wear a face mask

Address: 3921 Martin Luther King Jr., Blvd., Dallas, TX 75210

Featured photo a screenshot of from the website by TexasisLife