State Fair of Texas ranks as the highest-attended fair in 2022

Big Tex at the State Fair of Texas, 2021
Big Tex at the State Fair of Texas, 2021 Photo credit Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

When it comes to state fairs, nobody does it better than Texas.

A new study recently ranked the State Fair of Texas as the highest-attended fair across the country in 2022!

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According to the Dallas Morning News, the State Fair of Texas saw 2.5 million people attend last year, just edging out the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo’s 2.4 million attendees.

State Fair spokeswoman Taylor Austin said her team was thrilled that their event “reigns supreme” among similar events.

While State Fair of Texas is neck-and-neck with the Houston rodeo in attendance, it is more often compared to the Minnesota State Fair, which was the third-biggest event in 2022, with 1.8 million attendees.

Austin explains, “The State Fair of Texas and Minnesota are notorious for being the ‘biggest’ state fairs in the country. It depends what folks consider ‘biggest’ to be — whether you’re measuring by the length of time the event runs for, the size of the fairgrounds, or the number of attendees each year.

“The State Fair of Texas runs for double the length of the Minnesota State Fair, and historically sees higher attendance, however the Minnesota State Fairgrounds are 45 acres larger than the Fair Park footprint.”

Austin gave credit to the tourists and regulars who visited Fair Park in 2022 saying, “It’s all thanks to our fairgoers that we are the No. 1 fair in the country.”

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