New Releases: October 2014


The State Fair of Texas runs until October 19th, so finish out fair season with October’s New Releases from the Archive! Our new State Fair of Texas Collection features promotional films for the Fair dating back to the Texas Centennial in 1936. In Texas Centennial Highlights (1936), a narrator excitedly describes the buildings and exhibits at Fair Park, and President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivers remarks at the opening day ceremony of the Centennial Exposition on June 12, 1936. Be sure to see the Texas Rangerettes enforcing justice, Mechanical Man, a square dance on horseback, and Corrine the Apple Dancer, who was very controversial in her day! A Day at the State Fair of Texas (1939) presents a classic plot wherein two young people, Eleanor and Bill, are set up on a blind date by their mothers at the State Fair. Both Eleanor and Bill decide to skip the date, but they end up spending the day together without realizing they are each other’s blind date! Along the way, the couple then goes to each and every fantastic attraction, ride, and exhibit the State Fair has to offer, learning much about the state, its industries, and the arts. The next film offers a 1960s take on the State Fair and includes footage of the Texas vs. Oklahoma Football Classic at the Cotton Bowl, which takes place right in the middle of the fair. State Fair of Texas: Showplace (1982) highlights the benefits of marketing products at the State Fair of Texas, but perhaps more interesting is the reel of outtakes from this film. In the outtakes, we get a glimpse of some great fair scenes from the ‘80s, including tourists chowing down on corn on the cob, leotard-clad dancers rehearsing, the fairgrounds at night, and a monkey riding a horse! We hope you make it out to State Fair of Texas this year – Big Tex will be waiting to welcome you! Enjoy these fantastic films and check back next month for more New Releases.