The 2016 State Fair of Texas debuts on September 30 with several new features, including pop culture and sports exhibits and two new food options.
The Taylor Swift Experience, a memorabilia collection from Taylor Swift's archive, comes to the fair after a run at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles. It includes costumes, tour photos, instruments, and memorabilia never previously displayed — like the light blue Reem Acra gown she wore to the ACM Awards at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.
Other wardrobe pieces include the rhinestone-studded ringmaster ensemble she wore while performing "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" on the RED Tour, and the custom-beaded outfit she wore at the 2014 American Music Awards when she premiered "Blank Space."
Food fanatics can also look forward to two new options: Trio on the Green brings a new concept of "bites and flights," serving trios of appetizers and drinks. Located under three oak trees outside the Coliseum, it'll serve everything in threes, from sliders and fries to flights of beer and wine.
Fiesta Grande will open next to the Hall of State, offering Mexican and domestic beer and assorted snacks at a shaded outdoor location. The cantina-style patio features tables and umbrellas perfect for relaxing, with live acoustic music on weekends.
There are also a couple of "extreme" sports displays.
Lords of Gravity Basketball Slam Dunk Show hails from Budapest, Hungary, and has become one of the most well-known acrobatic basketball teams in Europe. Each high-energy show brings jaw-dropping hoop skills and high-ﬂying acrobatics to the court. The talented troupe will be performing daily in Chevrolet Park Plaza.
Xpogo features two pogo professionals showing off their skills with gravity-defying tricks, flips, and spins.
Lone Star Stampede, a new show hosted in the Pan Am Arena, features quintessential Western themes like stagecoaches, horses, cowboys, bandits, Native American dancers, sharpshooters, and a Texas Longhorn cattle drive.