GRAPEVINE (October 1, 2019) — Over 24 days of the State Fair of Texas, Sept. 27–Oct. 20, 2019, more than 2 million visitors (2018 figures, at bigtex.com/about-us/daily-attendance/) will attend from within and outside Texas. The State Fair of Texas, one of America’s largest, longest (since 1886), and most historic state fairs, provides a unique venue for the promotion of heritage tourism as a vitally important Texas product.
And representatives from Grapevine will be there to greet them for one of those days, highlighting the events and attractions that make our community special. Representatives will help staff the Texas Heritage Travel Booth in the historic GoTexan Pavilion, next to the State Fair Wine Garden and close to the Cotton Bowl.
Grapevine’s “Destination Day” is Thursday, October 10 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Grapevine’s community banner and promotional literature will be featured, enhancing the statewide presence throughout the large booth.
Residents of Grapevine and Tarrant County will also be encouraged to come to Dallas and attend the Fair on that day. Tickets are available at bigtex.com/info/tickets, providing general admission and access to all Fair exhibits and free shows. A discount coupon is available online.
“We are thrilled to showcase Grapevine as a focus destination at the State Fair this year,” said Jill Campbell Jordan, executive director of the Texas Lakes Trail Region. “The Fair is an amazing place to visit, and we look forward to sharing Grapevine’s information with travelers from all over the world who come to enjoy it.”
The Texas Heritage Travel Booth is the only statewide travel exhibitor at the Fair, where it has participated annually for more than a decade. Staffed by Texas Heritage Trail Regions personnel and partners, the Booth operates as a miniature visitor center, displaying banners and information about all ten of the state’s Heritage Trail Regions and distributing nearly two tons of free brochures, visitor guides, maps and community-branded items throughout the duration of the Fair.
The Texas Heritage Trail Regions are an award-winning heritage tourism initiative of the Texas Historical Commission, serving the state since the program’s founding in 1968 as the Texas Travel Trails, and serving every county of Texas since 1998.
For more information on the Texas Heritage Trails, the Texas Heritage Travel Booth at the State Fair and Destination Days 2019, contact Melissa Hagins, Texas Pecos Trail director, at info@TexasPecosTrail.com.