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Faces of the Fair: Lester Jenkins

Faces of the Fair: Lester Jenkins

Kelsey Carroll, Section Editor

October 10, 2018

If he’s “bein’ honest,” Lester Jenkins has been on the streets of Dallas since he was 15, and he needed money. Needed money after his car wreck. Needed money after losing his job when Johnson Brothers Moving Company moved out of state. And especially needed money to “head on and get a bett...

Trick or treat on the Midway

Trick or treat on the Midway

Alexis Russell, Joeley Hedgcoxe, and Lily Hager

October 9, 2018

The Midway, a long strip of carnival games and rides centrally located on the grounds, is an essential part of the State Fair experience. Lined with enormous stuffed animals and alluring prizes, the Midway is every kid’s dream. Yet, if you are a first-time fairgoer, there are some booths you shoul...

A rollercoaster of emotions

A rollercoaster of emotions

Alexis Russell and Joeley Hedgcoxe

October 9, 2018

As avid thrill connoisseurs, Alexis Russell and Joeley Hedgcoxe bring to you six of the best, and worst, State Fair rides and attractions. Some of them are sure to get your adrenaline pumping, while others may leave you wishing you had spent your precious tickets elsewhere.   The rating system is based on of a scale of ...

Column: Rising up and being let down

Column: Rising up and being let down

Kelsey Carroll, Section Editor

October 4, 2018

Was paying 10 dollars to spend a few minutes speeding 212 feet into the Dallas skyline worth it? That’s debatable. Heights aren’t a big deal. Ziplines–sure. Plane rides–easy. Rock climbing–why not? The Ferris wheel was a different story. For seven years, my annual family trip to the State Fair of Tex...

Photo Gallery: State Fair of Texas

Photo Gallery: State Fair of Texas

Kelsey Carroll and Grace Nguyen

October 4, 2018

Editor's note: This post is the first of a series which reviews and previews the State Fair of Texas. The previews can be viewed as they are updated on the State Fair Preview tab on the home page or at https://theredledger.net/category/state-fair-preview/. After its first weekend open came to a clo...

State Fair of Texas to open Sept. 28

State Fair of Texas to open Sept. 28

Joeley Hedgcoxe, Staff Writer

September 26, 2018

The annual State Fair of Texas will open on Sept. 28 at 10 a.m. and closes Oct. 22. The first day hosts the opening ceremony at 7 p.m. performed by the United States Marine Drum and Bugle Corps, the Kilgore Rangerettes and many more. “I go every year because usually my friends invite me, and my ...

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