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.
Check them out below: