Built to host the Texas Centennial Exposition in 1936, Fair Park is a historically protected collection of Art Deco buildings housing museums and exhibits. But everybody knows it as the grounds for the Texas State Fair. The annual spectacular is a sight like no other. Year-round, people visit the Texas Discovery Gardens, the Music Hall at Fair Park, Gexa Energy Pavillion, The African American Museum, the Children’s Aquarium, and games at the Cotton Bowl. A new initiative by the city was launched to revitalize both the park and the surrounding neighborhoods.
Exposition Park’s focus is Fair Park, home to the Texas State Fair in September and October. During that time, Exposition park experiences hundreds of thousands of visitors, especially during the annual Oklahoma-Texas football game at the Cotton Bowl, known as the “Red River Shoot-Out.” This area includes boutique shops, and eclectic bars and restaurants. Exposition Park has experienced high unemployment, but projects such as a new entrepreneur center could help grow entrepreneurship in the area.