Eyes on Dallas for Red River Showdown, fair and festival

Coming this weekend is one of the biggest rivalries in all of college sports, the AT&T Red River Showdown. The annual match-up features The University of Texas (UT) and Oklahoma University (OU) battling it out on the football field. The action takes place at the Cotton Bowl Stadium, Dallas, which is surrounded by the amazing State Fair of Texas.

As a UT student (and Longhorn fan), I attended the game last year to root for my Horns. I had never been to the State Fair before and was amazed from the minute I arrived. There are rides, foods, games, shopping centers and much more for the attendees to experience. Last year I tried fried cookie dough balls and rode the swings before attending the game.

Besides the fair’s food, another big pull is the auto show, a must-see in my view. While I didn’t get to attend the show, I did hear many people talking about it, saying only great things. As one of the largest auto shows in the Southwest, with about 400 of the latest models from carmakers across the world, thousands of people attend this event for the best in all things auto. The automobile show is so large it is spread out between three venues: the Centennial Building, the Automobile Building, and the outdoor Truck Zone. Each area contains its own set of car manufacturers, along with some exciting activities for everyone to enjoy. I can’t wait to see what the show will bring this year!

Another exciting event surrounding the TX/OU weekend is The Reunion festival. This new event features performers such as Weezer, Fitz and the Tantrums, Trombone Shorty, and more. There is not only musical entertainment as the evening is topped off with a dazzling fireworks show. The Reunion, being hosted from 4pm at the base of Reunion Tower the night before the game, looks set to kick off this year’s TX/OU weekend in style.

With the game, the fair, and all that the Cotton Bowl has to offer, I couldn’t stay away this year. I cannot wait to head back to Dallas for the festivities. I hope to experience all the fair has to offer, like the auto show, foods, and amazing concert, before I head into the Cotton Bowl for the intense and raucous competition that will commence on at 11am on Saturday morning. Remember: Go Longhorns!

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