The Briscoe Carpenter Livestock Center is a 55,000-square-foot facility that will greatly expand the scope of livestock and agriculture activities during the annual State Fair of Texas. The venue, which opened in 2017, will also attract year-round shows, meetings and conventions to Fair Park.
Livestock shows and agriculture exhibits formed the basis for the first State Fair held in Dallas in 1886 and continue to be a premier attraction at the annual event. The livestock program at the State Fair of Texas consists of the prestigious Pan American Livestock Exposition plus open and youth livestock shows. More than 12,700 exhibitors participate each fall.
In addition to the livestock shows and auction, fairgoers visit breed displays, the milking parlor, a hands-on barnyard and farm developed for young children, and more. There are multiple opportunities to learn about agriculture and its impact on the state of Texas as well as demonstrations by the Dallas Police Department, horse trainers, and livestock educators.
The center's first floor includes 11,000 square feet of open exhibit space, auction arena with theater-style seating, show ring, loading docks, sorting pens and modern washing areas. The second floor features the Heritage Hall of Honor Museum and Library, gallery, cattlemen’s lounge, dining room, kitchen, ballroom and banquet hall with seating for 350, restrooms and State Fair livestock offices.
The Briscoe Carpenter Livestock Center is located north of Cotton Bowl Stadium and the Swine Barn.