The 1972 Texas State Fair was bursting with beef, eggs and wild fashion

Alex Arbuckle

In 1887, rival associations merged to create the Texas State Fair & Dallas Exposition, an annual occasion for the farmers, ranchers and business owners of the state to gather and show off their products, and for visitors to enjoy a wide selection of entertainment.

After a series of mishaps, the fairgrounds were sold to the city of Dallas, with an agreement to hold the annual exposition each fall.

More than a million people visited the fair in 1916, and auditoriums, a stadium, a monorail and a 52-foot cowboy statue were constructed as the event grew.

By 1968 the fair was drawing over three million annual visitors.

These photos from inside a 1972 exhibition hall show Texans sampling a wide variety of the products of their state, from eggs and beef to pecans and spring water.

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