Record-Setting State Fair Weekend Dampened By Rain

The first weekend of the Texas State Fair is in the books and it was a mix of good-and-bad news. Friday’s first day of the 24-day run was a record-setter for a Fair opening day with about 1.1 million dollars in coupon sales. Fair-goers were treated to the traditional opening parade of floats, marching bands, and the always popular Elvis impersonators-on-motorcycles. The weather was quite mild with steady cloud cover keeping the highs in the mid-80s. But Saturday was another story with heavy rain starting in the early morning and continuing on-and-off throughout the day. During the worst of it, crowds vanished, leaving nearly no lines in front of rides and vendors where long waits are the norm. Today’s weather will be unusually fine with lots of sunshine in the forecast and a comfortable high of 76 expected. The exhibit buildings open this morning at 10 a.m.