Blossoming lotus lantern being flown to Fair Park by helicopter, for the State Fair of Texas. (credit: CBSDFW.COM)

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – There are tons of attractions that can bee seen at the State Fair of Texas beginning next week.

A new spectacle has been added to this year’s extravaganza and it’s so big a helicopter was needed to bring in a part of it.

For the first time ever, a Chinese Lantern Festival will be on display at Fair Park.

On Thursday, a helicopter placed three blossoming lotus lanterns into the park lagoon. One of the lanterns stands 25 feet tall.

This is the first time a helicopter was used to assist in building.

During the day a collection of art work is on display. A Chinese arts and crafts area will offer a variety of items including souvenirs that are handmade by Chinese artisans right before your eyes.

As the bright Texas sun goes down, the Texas sky will light up like never before.

The Fair Park lagoon turns into a beautiful underwater mermaid garden, that includes the blossoming lotus flowers and a kaleidoscope of butterflies. Other pieces of illuminated art have giant pandas meeting longhorns; dinosaurs growling, and a 110-yard long dragon made of 15,000 porcelain dishes.

The Chinese Lantern Festival will also include live shows. and is conveniently located next to the Chinese food court.

The attraction can be seen for the length of the fair, September 28 to October 21. Admission into the festival can be paid with State Fair ofTexas food/ride coupons.

Click here to find out more about the Chinese Lantern Festival.

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