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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Get your appetite ready, because the State Fair of Texas starts up on September 25, and tickets are finally on sale. Texans can load up on admission passes, food and ride coupons, and tickets to the annual Big Tex Choice Awards.

General admission tickets cost $18 with special discounts for kids and seniors, or fairgoers can buy a season pass, good for all 24 days of the fair, for $39.99. (Hint: Use the promo code BIGTEX to save $10 on the season pass!) As with past years, the fair features a variety of concerts, activities and exhibits at no additional cost.

Visit the State Fair’s website to purchase tickets now and see other special offers.

Tickets will also be available at the Fair Park admission gates when the event opens on September 25. The State Fair of Texas runs through October 18.

But before that, Texans can sample some of the newest food creations at the Big Tex Choice Awards, where many of the State Fair’s best dishes make their debut. This is the 11th year for the awards, and they are always a highlight of the fair. This year, the competition will be held on August 30. Tickets are available for $100, but seating is limited.