Get Organized this Spring with Mindspace!

Every Spring I vow to get more organized and clean out my closets.  But I really mean it this year because I have found the perfect solution to making spring cleaning and organizing easy!  Real Posh Mom has partnered with Mindspace to help give our readers ideas on how to get organized and simplify our lives – yay!

Mindspace has an array of products that includes everything from utensil caddies and cutlery trays for the kitchen to a variety of organizers for your workspace, closet, and beauty products.  All the products are versatile and can be used for multiple uses.  The products are made of an attractive metal mesh that is lightweight but sturdy and is available in a beautiful silver and black color.  Mindspace basically has something to help you organize every room in your house!

Here’s an example of the variety of products Mindspace offers:

Office, etc.

Let’s start out with the Mindspace Utensil Caddy which I received from the company to review.  Even though it’s under the kitchen category I decided it would be usedful in my home office to help clean up the clutter and organize my desk!  It has three spaces for my pens, pencils, and scissors and a larger space for all the notepads I am constantly looking for.  You could also use the caddy for your kitchen for your various utensils, condiments, or silverware.  It has a movable carry handle and is a sturdy mesh steel construction that allows your to use it indoors or outdoors.  It would also be great in the bathroom for your beauty products.

Mindspace has lots of options for office to get you organized!  They offer desk organizers such as a 3 tier desk tray organizer, inclined file organizer, letter and file organizer, wall file organizer, and a desktop fill organizer sorter.  They also have a 2 tier stackable letter tray and a compact organizer caddy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bedroom, etc.

Now here is something every woman can use (because we all have too many shoes right?) the Over Door Shoe Organizer!  It has 24 large pockets that can store your shoes or pretty much anything in other rooms of your house like toys, laundry supplies, etc.

Kitchen

I also received the Mindspace 5 Compartment Cutlery Tray which is much nicer than plastic one I have now.  It has spacious compartments and will hold all my cutlery and serving pieces in one beautiful tray that should last a lifetime it’s so sturdy.  You can also use this organizer in the office for your pens, pencils etc or in the bathroom for your makeup.  Really, the uses are endless for this product.

 

Mindspace makes it easy for you and comes completely assembled which eliminates the stress of assembly! We all need less stress in our lives right?! They’ve also made it easy to order go to:  Amazon, Zulily, eBay and the Mindspace website.

For more information, visit www.mindspaceny.com

 

Remember an uncluttered space is an uncluttered mind!

 

 

Dr. Plotka’s Mouth Watchers Flossing and Antimicrobial Toothbrush Review

You may think that a toothbrush isn’t that exciting but I have to say I was pretty excited to receive my new Dr. Plotka’s Mouth Watchers brushes in the mail!  Before I give you my thoughts on the toothbrush, here is a little background on the creator and the technology that makes Mouth Watchers toothbrushes different than your everyday toothbrush:

  Mouth Watchers was created by Dr. Plotka’s who has had a 40 year dental career and actually pioneered dental advancements such as: Dental Bonding, Tooth Sealants, Same-day Crown Fabrication and Laser Dentistry Technology.  Dr. Plotka’s incredible resume and expertise created the unique and revolutionary Mouth Watchers Toothbrushes that have:

  1. Antimicrobial Technology* infused into the bristles eliminating bacteria growth, leaving your brush clean for every use.
  2. A unique dual flossing bristle system that reaches down into to hard to reach areas, where cavities form, and sweeps out cavity and gingivitis forming debris.
  3. Mouth Watchers was included as the only toothbrush in the “Best Products Evaluated During 2012” by the Clinicians Report (the Consumer Reports for dentists), founded by world famous dentist Dr. Gordon Christensen.

Pretty impressive stuff huh?  I’m no expert on toothbrushes but here are my personal thoughts:

  • The bristles are soft and a light crème color which gives it an “organic” look. That’s a good start!  FYI – dentists advise patients to use a softer toothbrush.  When brushing it feels like the bristles are gently messaging my teeth and gums but removes plaque as well.   Wow!
  • I really like the feel of the shape of the toothbrush itself (a soft curved plastic) and the uniquely designed long and short. I think the brush actually does reach areas that an average toothbrush doesn’t although I still feel the need to floss but maybe not as often as before.
  • I love the way my mouth feels after brushing. It feels sparkly clean and really does feel like you’ve just had your teeth cleaned – I’m not kidding!
  • Finally, I am totally sold because this toothbrush has Antimicrobial technology infused into the bristles which eliminates bacterial growth (ugh) makes me feel better overall about my dental hygiene. Did you know that bacteria on the average toothbrush doubles every 20 minutes?   Plotka’s toothbrushes eliminates 99.9% of bacterial buildup due to their proprietary silver bristle technology.  It also eliminates the need to replace the toothbrush as often as the average toothbrush.

Final Thought? I am still very excited about this toothbrush and will purchasing more in the future for myself and my family.  You should get excited about brushing YOUR teeth too!  Go to: https://www.mouthwatchers.com

The Mouthwatchers Manual toothbrush retails for only $4.99 which I think is a bargain considering how good it is for your teeth!  There are also other options such as the power toothbrush for $24.99 and the travel size for $5.99.

Be sure to follow Doctor Plotka’s Mouth Watchers  at:
Twitter: https://twitter.com/mouth_watchers
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MouthWatchers

15 Minutes of Fame at Kid Biz – February 9th!

Fame Parties founder Skylar Reeves will be taking professional photos capturing the love at KidBiz/TheBiz located in Inwood Village from 10AM to 4pm on Saturday, February 9th, 2019. This is a perfect event for all parents / children. It takes just 15 minutes and they will get 60-100 fully color corrected and uniquely edited photos of your loved ones for purchase/sharing. Whether you want amazing photos of just your kid(s) or family photos, they will have the backdrops and talent to make that happen!
Purchase your outfit from KidBiz/TheBiz, wear it for your FAME PARTY photo session and receive 20% off your purchase + $100 upgrade to any FAME PARTY package purchase.  Different packages, discounted the day of the shoot, are offered or you can order items a la carte, but you don’t have to purchase a package or commit to any costs.
Whether you want amazing photos of just your kid(s) or family photos,  we will have the backdrops and talent to make it happen! Digital photos of your loved ones will be available for purchase/sharing on Valentine’s Day! 

Bonus: We will have stylists on site to dress and accessorize your kids! 
For pricing information visit:

https://t.e2ma.net/click/pam7y/dxjf1p/t9bqnf

The Book of Mormon Review

 Back by popular demand, the nine-time Tony Award®-winning Best Musical returns to Dallas, Music Hall at Fair Park for a limited engagement January 29 – February 3!  Presented by Dallas Summer Musicals.

Disclaimer:  First of all, I’d like to apologize to Mormons everywhere because I thought this was the funniest musical I’ve ever seen.  The musical is filled with offensive song lyrics and profanity not only aimed at the Church of Later Day Saints but really all religions and ethnic groups (no one is off limits).   If that offends you then this is not the show for you and PLEASE – no children should be in the same building with this musical!

So now that I’ve apologized and warned you, here’s the truth:  Despite the shock value (every scene not only makes you gasp but makes you laugh out loud despite yourself) there’s a reason why The New York Times calls THE BOOK OF MORMON “the best musical of this century.”  The musical was created and written by the same team of writers Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone who created the TV Show “South Park” and  the musical “Avenue Q”.  If that’s not a hint to what’s in store for you then I don’t know what is.   It’s sarcastic, silly, offensive, clever, rude, inappropriate, and makes several brutal commentaries about our society but in a lighthearted and hilarious way of course!

The numbers in The Book of Mormon are creatively staged and absolutely inspired.  To say that the dancing is lively and fun to watch is an understatement and the songs are not only hilarious but actually really good!  After you’ve seen THE BOOK OF MORMON you understand why this musical has won 9 Tony’s and has been widely acclaimed by critics everywhere.  You may not like everything you hear but you will definitely love and appreciate the musical itself.  This is definitely one to check off your bucket list!

Tickets for the Dallas engagement start at $29 (pricing subject to change) and will go on sale at DallasSummerMusicals.org or by phone at (800) 982-2787. They can also be purchased in person at the Music Hall at Fair Park Box Office Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Orders for groups of ten (10) or more may be placed by calling (214) 426-4768 or emailing Groups@DallasSummerMusicals.org.

 

Spice up Your Winter and Stay Warm with Moore’s Marinades & Sauces!

Looking for something to spice up your cooking?  If you’re like me I’m always looking for new recipes or something easy that can help make my old recipes taste new again.  I have found the perfect solution with Moore’s line of marinades, sauces and hot sauces!

 

Moore’s has a line of marinades, sauces and hot sauces that give added flavor to all kinds of foods such as beef,  seafood,  pork, wild game, and of course – wings!   I don’t know where I’ve been but Moore’s has been around for over 30 years and is a favorite of many loyal customers.  Not only is Moore’s a great addition to my pantry, my husband loves to grill and experiment with different rubs and marinades so Moore’s has been a perfect addition to his grilling arsenal.

 

It’s January so the temperature here in Texas has gotten Arctic so I’ve tried Moore’s recipes that will warm us up like chili and soups, and even old standards like hamburgers and meatloaf (this isn’t your mom’s recipe that’s for sure)!   Check these recipes out – they are delicious!

Brisket Chili

Ingredients

1 Yellow Onion sautéed
1 stick of Butter
1 Cubano Pepper diced
1 can Diced Tomatoes
1 can Dark Red Kidney Beans
1 can Pinto Beans (both with juice)
2-4 oz Moore’s Jalapeño Hot Sauce
1 can Tomato Sauce
1 tbs Chili Powder
1 tsp Cumin
2 tsp Salt
1 tsp Black Pepper

Instructions

  1. In a large pot over medium heat, stir in ingredients.
  2. Bring chili to a boil then reduce heat and let simmer 20 minutes.
  3. Taste for seasoning and season with salt and pepper, if necessary.

Harissa Chicken Soup

 Ingredients

2 cartons chicken broth
1 rotisserie chicken, skin removed and shredded
1 can black beans
1 can Lima beans
1 can great northern beans
2 cans corn
2 cans peas
1/3 cup Moore’s Harissa Hot Sauce
24 oz. bag sea island red peas
Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in large pot and bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat and let simmer until desired thickness is achieved. At least two hours is recommended.
  3. Add salt and pepper to taste, and serve as is, or over pasta.

 Buffalo Meatloaf

Ingredients

1 lb Angus ground beef
1 egg, beaten
1 tablespoon caramelized pearl onions
1/2 cup mozzarella / Parmesan cheese mixture, shredded
3 tablespoons Moore’s Original Buffalo Wing Sauce
2 tablespoons crushed peanuts
Bacon

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 F degrees
  2. Mix all ingredients together, setting the bacon aside, and form into a loaf.
  3. Wrap loaf in bacon.
  4. Bake for 35 minutes, then raise temperature to 425 F degrees. Bake for another 35 minutes. Glaze the loaf with Moore’s Original Buffalo Wing Sauce the last 10 minutes of baking.
  5. Serve it as is, or on a sandwich!

 

Moore’s makes it easy to spice up your life!  To get more ideas, cooking tips, and recipes go to:  http://www.mooresmarinade.com/Recipes   To find out where to purchase Moore’s go to:  http://www.mooresmarinade.com/Where-To-Buy.aspx

 

 

Pick Murder Mystery Dinner Theater for Your Next Event!

Food, fun, and murder all in one live-action murder mystery party!  My family and I decided to try something new for a holiday outing recently and went to The Murder Mystery Company’s production of “The Most Wonderful Crime of the Year” in Dallas.  It was so fun and something different for our family to do together besides the usual movie we go to together.  As soon as we walked in the door (after we took our fun Murder Mystery pic together of course) we were interacting with some of the quirky and definitely suspicious characters/suspects in the soon to be “murder” mystery production.

If you’ve never been to a Murder Mystery Theater Dinner event here’s the scoop:   It’s basically a two hour dinner party (you enjoy a delicious three course meal) while the live action theater plot unfolds and a murder is committed right before your eyes (in a funny way).  You then have the opportunity to mingle and interview the characters and suspects.  Think of it as a live game of Clue and you get the idea.  Each table is given a team name and a profile.  We were TMZ Reporters and our goal throughout the night was to be obnoxious  and take lots of photos WITH the flash on to irritate everyone around us – lol!  Trying to figure out all the twists and turns of the game and gather clues with your team makes it both fun and a challenge.  My husband was picked to be one of the suspicious characters and being the big ham that he is, he was in his element!  My 21 year old son loved that the audience got to interact with the players and help solve the crime.  And yes The TMZ Reporters solved the crime correctly and expertly (which was a good thing because my family is very competitive) but they definitely make it a challenge to figure it all out.

The Mystery Company makes the whole experience even more fun by encouraging you to dress for the theme (we wore ugly Christmas sweaters for our production) and that definitely made it more of a festive atmosphere.  The actors also do a great job of staying in character throughout the night so that creates a very theatrical element to the evening.

Murder Mystery Dinner Theater is the perfect thing to do with the family (rated PG-10), date night, girl’s night out, marriage party, birthdays, and anniversaries.  The Mystery Company also offers parties for privately hosted parties (they will come to you) and corporate events!   I strongly advise adding this experience to your “must do” list!

The next theme is “Death of a Gangster” a 1920’s Mafia Marriage Murder Mystery and dates are:

Friday, January 25th @ 7:00 PM

Friday, February 22 @ 7:00 PM

Go to the website for more information: The Murder Mystery Dinner Theater

Last Minute Christmas Gift Idea – Tickets to See Phantom of the Opera!

After over 30 years in production The Angel of Music is making its triumphant return to Dallas at The Music Hall at Fair Park in Dallas from December 19th through January 6 and it’s better than ever!

Looking for a last minute Christmas gift idea?  Anyone in your family would love to see this production!  Seen it before?  I’ve seen it several times before and it never gets old.  This is a new fresh production with beautiful new set designs and even more intense drama!   Maybe your children have never seen it before?  This Phantom will amaze and delight the new generation!  Really, this musical is for everyone in your family.

I had the incredible opportunity to interview the new Phantom, Quentin Oliver Lee before the musical started and I was very impressed with both his presence and his graciousness.  He gave me some insight into his background and aspects of his performance.  Quentin has starred in Porgy and Bess, Lion King and several other productions. He has found that starring in Phantom has presented some unique challenges.  Such as the unique music of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s that is challenging to sing due to the number of minor and flat notes that you’re required to sing.  Also human elements such as Phantom’s darkness, anger, and frustration were quite challenging for him to display.  But having such a great leading lady as, Eva Tavares (Christine) helped him tremendously in his performance.  It also takes over an hour for The Phantom’s make-up to be applied and at least 30 minutes to take off each night.  He loves the role though and is looking forward to performing in Dallas the next two weeks.

The media also got an exclusive peek in the house an hour before the musical began to see the real star of the musical be prepared for her performance – The Giant PHANTOM Chandelier!  Stage Manager, Mitchell Hodges gave us several amazing details about the chandelier itself and the preparation that goes into it.  Such as:

  • Each production has their own uniquely designed and created chandelier which is modeled the chandelier after one in the Palais Garnier, Paris’s opera house.
  • The Chandelier weighs 2000 pounds so it’s a real challenge to get it into each theater on the tour.
  • It is made up of 6,000 beads consisting of 35 beads to each string and includes several pounds of gold leaf.
  • The touring version falls at 5.5 miles per second in the opening act.
  • The original version was built by 5 people in 4 weeks.
  • It takes crew members over an hour each night to prepare the chandelier and wrap it in silks before each performance.
  • In the opening auction scene, a system of magnets and a weight in a tube at the bottom of the medallion sucks the bag inside the chandelier, revealing its splendour.
  • There are 50 wirelessly controlled pyro elements concealed inside the chandelier. It launches three fireworks called “gerbs.” There are also 40 smaller firecrackers that go off like gunshots.
  • It can be very scary when it drops and takes some audience members by surprise.  He said there have been multiple screams from the audience when it drops!

We also heard from Mitchell some wonderful trivia about the dazzling costumes worn in Phantom:

  • Each performance has 230 costumes, 14 dressers
  • Each actor has their own set of costumes.
  • Each actor has 2 sets of costumes and can’t use the costume twice in a day.
  • There are costume fixes every day because of the heavy use.
  • Some costumes weigh more than 40 pounds.
  • Some wardrobe changes are made in 15 seconds!

 

With newly reinvented staging and stunning scenic design, this new version of PHANTOM is performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making this one of the largest productions on tour in North America.  So if you’re looking for some last minute Christmas gifts or even if you’re not, you will not be disappointed in this incredible performance of The Phantom of The Opera!

 

To purchase tickets, visit:  DallasSummerMusicals.org, call 800-745-3000 or visit the Music Hall at Fair Park’s Box Office at 909 1st Avenue, Dallas TX 75210. Ticket prices start at $26 (pricing subject to change).  For more information on the production and a video sneak peek, please visit www.ThePhantomOfTheOpera.com/ustour/

 

 

Dallas Zoo and Yowie Chocolates Team Up – December 1st!

The Dallas Zoo is the place to be tomorrow, Saturday, December 1st!  The Dallas Zoo has teamed up with Yowie Chocolates to provide zoo visitors with free Yowie chocolates that contain figurines of endangered animals!  You heard me – free chocolate!

 

December 4th is National Wildlife Conservation Day and to celebrate this important day the Dallas Zoo along with Yowie Chocolates is treating the zoo’s animals with ‘toys’ also called enrichment items.  They are designed to increase their curiosity and encourage play – how great is that?

 

Guests will also be able to enjoy the Dallas Zoo’s annual Zoo Lights, take photos with Yowie’s very own Rumble mascot, all while enjoying a sweet treat in honor of National Wildlife Conservation Day.

Nights Shine Brighter at the Zoo!

Dallas Zoo Lights are sponsored by Reliant Energy and runs from  November 30th – January 1st from 5:00 pm- 9:00 pm.  After the animals head in for the evening, the zoo transforms into a winter wonderland with over one million twinkling lights illuminating ZooNorth throughout the holiday season.  This year, discover realistic silk-covered lanterns in the shape of your favorite animals,plus even more light displays and festivities for the entire family!

 

For ticket  and more information go to:  www.dallaszoolights

 

 

Yogurtland Celebrates Giving Tuesday and Support Together We Rise

Yogurtland Kicks off the giving season on November 27 at select locations!
 
Don’t forget that tomorrow is “Giving Tuesday”!  Yogurtland is a company that believes “together we can and should do more to help kids”.  In order to do that, Yogurtland is celebrating ‘Giving Tuesday’ with a fundraiser for Together We Rise, a non-profit dedicated to transforming the foster care experience for youth across America. On Tuesday, November 27  select Yogurtland locations will be supporting Together We Rise with an all day fundraiser.
Yogurtland fans are invited to support this effort by showing a social media post, email,  flyer, or mention they are supporting the fundraiser at checkout and 20% of the sales proceeds will be donated to Together We Rise.
Together We Rise is setting out to revolutionize the foster care system and change the stigma. By building awareness and volunteer opportunities, the non-profit is enriching the lives of children in foster care and giving them a sense of normalcy and comfort through an unsettling time in their lives. The organization also provides thousands of foster kids across the country with new bicycles, college supplies and suitcases known as “sweet cases,” so children no longer travel from home to home with their belongings in a trash bag.
“Yogurtland believes in helping the children in need in the communities where we operate. It’s important for children in the foster care system to have a supportive community that wants to see them succeed, and Yogurtland is honored to be a part of that initiative with this fundraiser,” said John Wayne Carlson, Yogurtland’s SVP of Marketing, Development and Operations.
At Yogurtland guests can create their own treat, snack or dessert from a variety of handcrafted frozen yogurt, ice cream, and non-dairy sorbet flavors and an abundant topping bar with fresh fruits, candies, premium sauces, and more to create an experience as unique as they are.
Separating Yogurtland from other brands are the company’s flavorologists who continually create craveable flavors that keep fans loving their taste experience. Yogurtland also owns its own dairy, and by controlling the manufacturing process delivers the highest quality flavors, setting new standards for the industry and delighting guests all year long.
For more information and to find participating locations, please visit https://www.yogurt-land.com/togetherwerise.
 About Yogurtland
Yogurtland’s flavorologists continually create craveable flavors that keep fans loving their frozen dessert experience. Yogurtland owns its own dairy, and by controlling the manufacturing process, the company delivers the highest quality flavors, setting new standards for the industry and delighting guests each day.
Yogurtland features non-fat and low-fat yogurt flavors, ice cream, and non-dairy and no sugar added choices while using milk that contains no antibiotics or added hormones. Fruit flavors are fortified with Vitamin C for an extra boost.
Presently, Yogurtland has more than 320 locations across the U.S., Australia, Dubai, Guam, Myanmar, Oman, Singapore, Thailand, and Venezuela. Flavors are always subject to creative change and popular demand. For more information, visit http://www.yogurt-land.com or http://www.facebook.com/yogurtland.

The State Fair of Texas – Only 10 More Days!

There’s only 10 days left for The State Fair of Texas!  If you haven’t been it’s not too late to go this year, the fair’s last day is October 21, 2018!  If you’ve never been – don’t miss out on one of the country’s best and most highly attended state fairs.  You’ve been before – go make some new memories with your family like my family did every year while my sons were growing up!

 My sons riding one of their favorite rides at the Fair 16 years ago! I think the smiles say it all!

It’s an old and slightly blurry photo but it’s one of my favorite photos of my sons, Jack and Jared.  The fun they were having over a decade ago is timeless and are memories that I treasure.  Going to the State Fair was a family tradition that we did every year with our guys and a day that we all looked forward to.  From the creative and crazy food concoctions that you can only get at the State Fair (like Bacon Brittle) to riding one of the biggest Ferris Wheels in the country or trying your luck on the Midway, there is something for everyone at The State Fair of Texas!

The Fair’s Midway

Guide Live’s Number 1 Pick:  Arroz con leche  What the heck is it? Two sweet fried rice balls dusted with cinnamon and served with vanilla ice cream

 

Time Line and Fun Facts about The State Fair of Texas!

The State Fair of Texas is an annual state fair held in Dallas at historic Fair Park. The fair has taken place every year since 1886 except for varying periods during World War I and World War II.  It usually begins the last Friday in September and ends 24 days later.

  • The State Fair of Texas opened its gates for the first time on October 26, 1886. Approximately 14,000 people attend the opening day.
  • On November 7, 1886, the fair closes and attracted over 100,000 people for the very first year.
  • In 1913, the fair introduces the first Automobile building which was filled with 175 vehicles for fair goers to see.
  • The fair was canceled in 1918 due to the US Army taking control of Fair Park to establish an aviation boot camp known as Camp Dick.
  • In 1921, Boston College beats Baylor at the first game ever played between teams from the southwest and northeast.
  • In 1921, Texas and Vanderbilt start a series which is played here every year from 1921 to 1928 with the exception of 1924.
  • In 1923, the fair hosted Ku Klux Klan day. Thousands of new Klan members were sworn in at the fairgrounds. More than 150,000 people were at the fair that day
  • In 1925, the first State Fair Classics played.
  • In 1929, TX-OU play their Red River Rivalry here for the first time.
  • In 1930, construction of a new Fair Park Stadium (now known as the Cotton Bowl) begins.
  • In 1932, TX-OU play their Red River Rivalry for the first time at the new Fair Park Stadium.
  • In 1937, the first Cotton Bowl Classic is played in Fair Park.
  • Big Tex makes his first appearance in 1952.
  • In 1956 the Trailblazer monorail began operation at Fair Park from 1956 to 1964. It was the first commercially operated monorail system in the United States]
  • Elvis Presley performs in the Cotton Bowl during the fair in 1956.
  • In 1960, the Dallas Texans (AFL) and the Dallas Cowboys (NFL) play their first season in the Cotton Bowl.
  • In 1964 the monorail closed and was replaced by the Swiss Sky Ride, a 64 car aerial ride that traveled over a 3,800 foot path (the longest ever built).
  • In 1985 the Texas Star opens as the largest Ferris Wheel in North America.
  • In 1989, The Comet Roller Coaster, a Fair Park landmark since 1947, is torn down.
  • Following the 2001 September 11 attacksDallas police and State Fair officials announce the implementation of new security measures during the annual event.
  • In 2005, the Fried Peanut Butter, Jelly and Banana Sandwich is introduced to the fair.
  • In 2007 the Texas Skyway aerial ride opens in Fair Park.
  • In 2010, the 8000 ft Greenhouse on the Midway is built to house 1000 hanging baskets, beehives, and Farmer Mike the Pumpkin Carver.
  • Fair goers spent more than $37 million in 2010 which broke the fair’s record.
  • On October 19, 2012, Big Tex caught on fire, burning it down to the skeletal frame, with only the right arm remaining.
  • In 2013, The State Fair opened a brand new attraction – a 500-foot observation tower called “Top o’ Texas Tower” – as part of a renovation of part of the Midway called “Summer Adventures at Fair Park. The “Tower” now operates only 24 days a year, despite a construction cost of over $11,000,000.
  • The State Fair also operated Summer Adventures in Fair Park, a beach-themed amusement park from May to August 2013.
  • Despite a $30,000,000 investment in Summer Adventures, the event was shuttered after just one season.
  • Jim Schutze of the Dallas Observer wrote, “The sudden collapse of a $30 million venture has to be some kind of red flag, some indication that it’s time to re-examine the whole thing.
  • A new Big Tex statue was unveiled the day before the fair opened
  • In May 2015, the Park and Recreation Board voted unanimously to recommend and approve the Mayor’s Task Force Plan and recommended that underground parking structures be built rather than as initially recommended by the Task Force.

Now go and have fun and don’t eat too much!

Source:  Wikipedia