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Friends of Fair Park, 1121 First Ave., Dallas, TX 75210 (214) 426-3400 friends@fairpark.org

Thank You for Donating to Friends of Fair Park!

It's nice to know you love Fair Park as much as we do


We're very glad to have your support.

We thank you for donating to Friends of Fair Park! Your backing helps us maintain Fair Park as one of the premier entertainment destinations in North Texas.

In a few days, you will receive an acknowledgment from the Friend of Fair Park with the tax information you will need for your records.

If you have any questions about your contribution, please contact Matt Wood, President, at (214) 426-3400 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Thank you, again.


Fair Park mural preserved by the Friends of Fair Park

The State Fair of Texas

More than just a great, family-friendly entertainment destination


The State Fair of Texas opens Friday, October 2, 2018 and will have something for everyone.

The Fair employees about 6,000 people each year for those in the Dallas area. The economic impact is significant each year, bringing in $410 to $499.9 million with another $59 million outside the park in hotel and restaurant business.

Besides the popular Midway with its rides, games, and souvenir stands, there are the usual and exotic food booths, livestock shows, exhibits, concerts, and the annual Texas vs OU football game in the historic Cotton Bowl stadium.

In its commitment to excellence, the State Fair of Texas focuses on five critical areas: Safety and Security, Cleanliness, Landscaping, Family-Friendliness, and Customer Service.

Last year’s attendance for the 24-day Fair was 2,250,433 visitors

In addition to all of the fun and food, the State Fair of Texas also provides educational and scholarship opportunities for Texas youth. Agricultural programs, Youth Livestock Scholarships, and the Pete Schenkel Scholarships for five DISD and Fair Park area, are all promoted toward students who qualify.

Over the past 4 years, more than $4.7 million has been awarded in new college scholarships.

We hope you will bring your family and friends to the State Fair of Texas this year and participate in all of the opportunities for you, your family, and friends to browse the grounds, visit the eating places, enjoy the rides, see the exhibits, and discover again this great Texas event.

We will be looking for you.

Daniel Huerta
Executive General Manager
City of Dallas
Dallas Park & Recreation Fair Park Administration
3809 Grand Ave.
Dallas, TX 75210
24-hour Information Line: 214-421-9600


The 2018 State Fair of Texas

Thank you, Craig Holcomb!

Friends of Fair Park executive retires after 28 years


Craig Holcomb recently retired as the Executive Director of the Friends of Fair Park. Having served in that capacity since May 8, 1990, Craig provided gifted leadership to the Friends organization fervent advocacy for the Fair Park and the Fair Park campus of museums and attractions to insure the parks success.

During his tenure as Executive Director of Friends of Fair Park, Craig has demonstrated his passion for culture, historic preservation, and making Fair Park a world class park. He has been diligently committed to making Fair Park a year-round destination for families and individuals to enjoy culture, entertainment, health and fitness, and to learn about and appreciate the incredible history of the Park. His deep interest in restoring the art and architecture across the campus, in buildings and spaces that had been original parts of the 1936 Texas Centennial Exposition is commendable.

Craig and the Friends created crowd pleasing significant events to Fair Park including the annual Dog Bowl held in historic Cotton Bowl Stadium, the Urban Dash, the patriotic celebration known as Fair Park Fourth, and much more.

We will miss seeing Craig at Fair Park and we thank him for his amazing accomplishments and contributions for the betterment of Fair Park. We know that he will long continue to be an enthusiastic supporter of Fair Park.

We look forward to seeing you here soon, as well.

Daniel Huerta
Executive General Manager
City of Dallas
Dallas Park & Recreation Fair Park Administration
3809 Grand Ave.
Dallas, TX 75210
24-hour Information Line: 214-421-9600

[EDITOR'S NOTE: fairpark.org, Fair Park's monthly e-newsletters, and Fair Park's social media are also programs of the private, non-profit Friends of Fair Park. Craig Holcomb introduced online communication for Fair Park beginning in 2008 to help promote our historic landmark and activities to a wider audience. The Friends of Fair Park board of directors has named Matt Wood to succeed Mr. Holcomb. We look forward to continuing our year-round, park-wide advocacy role.]


Craig Holcomb

Matt Wood named new executive for Friends of Fair Park

Wood succeeds Craig Holcomb who served as Fair Park's chief advocate for 27 years


Following an extensive search, Friends of Fair Park's Board of Directors is excited to announce that Matt Wood has been selected as the next President of Friends of Fair Park.

"Matt's experience with Fair Park, City of Dallas and the surrounding community as well as his strong visionary leadership skills combine for an ideal leader of Friends of Fair Park," states Friends board chair, Melissa Rieman.

Wood adds, "I believe in the potential of Fair Park and believe that activating its potential must include being a showcase of innovation, generating opportunity, educating the next generation and celebrating all that is Texas."

Matt follows longtime President Craig Holcomb who is retiring after 27 years.

Matt Wood will begin his new role effective immediately. Jason Bradberry will remain Assistant Director and partner with Matt to ensure early momentum and strategic planning for the organization's next chapter.

The City of Dallas is in the final decision steps to privatize the management of Fair Park's grounds and facilities. This will remove day-to-day oversight of the historical exposition park from the Dallas Park and Recreation Department. The City of Dallas and its taxpayers will still own Fair Park and all its assets.

As a private, non-profit advocacy organization, Friends of Fair Park is independent of the city's management decision. Friends of Fair Park is currently offering a $25 membership special for those interested in shaping the future of this historical asset. Membership details can be found here.

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About Friends of Fair Park
Friends of Fair Park is a nonprofit citizens' group dedicated to keeping Fair Park a destination for affordable family-fun all 12 months of the year. Formed in 1986, the organization's key activities include promoting the year-round use of Fair Park, supporting the Fair Park museums, encouraging thoughtful planning for Fair Park's future, and preserving the buildings, art, sculpture, and related artifacts of the 1936 Texas Centennial. Chief among these promotional activities is the Friends' website fairpark.org and related social media. The organization also sponsors numerous fundraising programs, including one that allows citizens to purchase a brick in the Texas Promenade Walkway. Friends of Fair Park also ensures such Fair Park-hosted events such as Fair Park Fourth and the Dog Bowl continue year after year. The offices of Friends of Fair Park are located in the Magnolia Lounge at the corner of First and Grand Avenues, next to the African American Museum.


Matt Wood