Savvy State Fair Savings

The State Fair of Texas has begun! For those planning a trip (or a few trips!), these money-saving opportunities are available Friday, September 28 to Sunday, October 21.

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The countdown to the State Fair of Texas has begun! For those planning a trip (or a few trips!), these money-saving opportunities are available Friday, September 28 to Sunday, October 21.

Advance Tickets

Buying in advance (and printing yourself) will save you a couple of bucks on general admission. You can also purchase tickets through the DART GoPass app, which will save you $2 off every ticket, any day and allows you to access them right from your phone. Lastly, add tickets to your Kroger shopping list: $16.50 for general admission.

Big Tex Insider

Sign up to become a Big Tex Insider and get the latest ticket discounts emailed to you. Insiders also receive first access to pre-sales, information on every show and State Fair attraction, discounted merchandise from the Big Tex store, and a special message from Big Tex on your birthday!

Coca-Cola

Bring an empty 20 oz. bottle of any Coca-Cola product on any Thursday (Oct. 4, 11 and 18) during the fair and enter for only $9.

Dasani

Bring a full 20 oz. bottle of Dasani water or any 20 oz. Coca-Cola product for donation to the North Texas Food Bank and get in for only $9 on Opening Day.

Dr Pepper

Bring an empty Dr Pepper can on any Tuesday (Oct. 2, 9 and 16) and general admission is only $9.

Dr Pepper Half Price After 5 p.m.

Bring an empty Dr Pepper can after 5 p.m. each day and admission is half price.

First Responders Day

All active and retired public law enforcement, firefighters, paramedics and other emergency service agencies will receive free admission when they present a valid badge or ID card, plus up to three admission tickets for their family, on October 12.

Group Tickets

For groups of 20 or more, the fair offers tickets as low as $10 per person — a 33% savings overall.

McDonald’s

When you’re done eating those tasty nuggets, be sure to grab the coupons from your tray liner or to-go bag. You’ll save $5 off general admission or half the price of a kid’s admission (with purchase of general admission) on any day.

Military Appreciation Day

All active military, retired military and veterans receive free admission on Opening Day when they present valid documentation of military service. Spouses of service men and women with a valid Military Spouse ID also receive free admission, as well as accompanying children under the age of 18.

North Texas Food Bank

Bring four cans of food as a donation to the North Texas Food Bank on any Wednesday (Oct. 3, 10 and 17) during the fair and receive $4 admission.

Online Tickets

Online tickets are $1.50 less than tickets purchased at a State Fair gate.

Season Passes

Who doesn’t visit the fair multiple times? For around $45, the season pass grants you access every single day and includes one free single day, bring-a-friend ticket. All season passes come with a State Fair reusable bag, one free Midway race game, a 10% off coupon for State Fair gear at official stores on the fairgrounds, and a $5 discount on the 2018 State Fair of Texas Cookbook. Season passes can also be purchased at Kroger for $39.

Senior Days

Senior citizens 60 years and better get into the fair free every Thursday (Oct. 4, 11 and 18) of the State Fair.

Thrifty Thursday

Thrifty Thursdays are back, offering special food pricing every Thursday (Oct. 4, 11 and 18) during the fair. Save on everything from cotton candy to funnel cakes.

For more information on this year’s State Fair of Texas contact us at 214.769.2142 or visit BigTex.com

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Spotlight Series – Highland Park

Welcome to our Spotlight Series where we will be sharing something FAB about cities in our great D.FW…starting from A-Z.

17th Stop: Highland Park
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Fun Facts:

  • The Town of Highland Park is located approximately 3 miles north of the center of Dallas.
  • The Town was incorporated in 1913.
  • The Town is 2.26 square miles in size.
  • Highland Park has approximately 8,900 residents.
  • The Town was named “Highland Park” because of its higher elevation compared to the surrounding area and because 20% of developed land was reserved for park space.
  • One of the oldest Christmas Traditions in Dallas County is the annual lighting of The Big Pecan Tree.
  • The Town is approximately 2 miles from Love Field Airport.
  • Highland Park is located approximately 30 minutes from DFW International Airport.

Highland Park Today:

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Through the years, Highland Park has maintained strict construction standards. Known for its quality housing, the town still has its beautiful parks running along Turtle Creek and Hackberry Creek, while also being home to the prestigious Dallas Country Club. A complete history of Highland Park may be read in the nationally acclaimed and award winning book Great American Suburbs – The Homes of the Park Cities, Dallas, by Virginia Savage McAlester, Willis Cecil Winters, and Prudence Mackintosh (Abbeville Press Publishers, 2008).

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For more information about Highland Park and other communities within our exciting Dallas Metro, contact us at 214.769.2142.

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Spotlight Series – Grand Prairie is Next!

Welcome to our Spotlight Series where we will be sharing something FAB about cities in our great D.FW…starting from A-Z.

16th Stop: Grand Prairie

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Right in the heart of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex lies the city of Grand Prairie, one of the best cities in Texas according to Money magazine (2008). If you’re on a road trip and looking for places to visit in Texas, or planning a Texas-sized family vacation, Grand Prairie has something for you.

When it comes to family-friendly fun, Grand Prairie, Texas, is a top-ranked destination and one of the best places to travel with family. If you’re wondering about where to find fun things to do in the Dallas, we know where to look. In Grand Prairie, you’ll discover the best in Texas tourist attractions, sporting events, arts and music, nightlife, and shopping – all in one place.

Conveniently located just minutes from DFW International Airport, Grand Prairie offers easy access to both Dallas and Fort Worth. Stay in one of many Grand Prairie hotels, and you’re just a few minutes’ drive from dozens of Dallas tourist attractions, including Six Flags Over Texas, the Ballpark at Arlington, and Cowboys Stadium.

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10 Facts About Grand Prairie:

Fact 1
Grand Prairie is actually located in three separate counties. It is a suburb of Fort Worth as well as of Dallas.

Fact 2
In 1863 Grand Prairie was established by Alexander McRae Dechman, and was named Dechman in his honor. Dechman eventually traded half of the acreage he had named as a township to the T&P Railroad to ensure that they would put tracks through his town.

Fact 3
The town of Grand Prairie was renamed from Dechman to Grand Prairie due to confusion at the Postal Service offices. The T&P Railroad owned half the land in this town and they noted it as being located in the grand prairie of Texas between Dallas and Fort Worth. In 1909 the town was officially renamed.

Fact 4
Selena Gomez was born in Grand Prairie. Selena is both a singer and an actress.

Fact 5
Billy Miller of the Young and the Restless is from Grand Prairie. Billy Miller has been the recipient of a Daytime Emmy for his work on this show.

Fact 6
Kerry Woods of baseball is from Grand Prairie. He is a major league pitcher.

Fact 7
Grand Prairie ranks as the fifteenth most populated city in this state.

Fact 8
The author Larry D. Alexander is from Grand Prairie. Mr. Alexander is also known for his art works.

Fact 9
Grand Prairie has a Christmas light display that is more than two miles long and has over three million lights in it.

Fact 10
Johnson Creek, which flows through Grand Prairie is responsible for the regular floods that besiege this city. The channel has recently been straightened which has reduced the damage.

For more information about Grand Prairie and other communities within our exciting Dallas Metro, contact us at 214.769.2142.

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Spotlight Series – Next Stop | Grapevine

Welcome to our Spotlight Series where we will be sharing something FAB about cities in our great D.FW…starting from A-Z.

15th Stop: Grapevine

Picture this…

A historic downtown with boutique shopping, gourmet restaurants, and live music. A nationally recognized and coveted school district. A relaxing lake atmosphere and family festivals for recreation.

Now picture this.

The 4th busiest airport in the United States, rotating 200,000 potential customers a day. The largest value retail and entertainment mall in the Southwest. A corporate convention hub, with more than 6,000 hotel rooms citywide, all generating foot traffic year round.

Where can you find all this, and more, in one city? Grapevine, Texas – truly a place that has something for everyone.

Just between Dallas and Fort Worth, Grapevine’s central location gives plenty of options to residents and visitors, and seven intersecting highways make the city accessible and visible. Grapevine, among a tapestry of other DFW suburbs, stands alone in its versatility in business, entertainment, and housing.

On one hand, the city embraces a distinct Texas history, utilizing its classic Main Street with unique shops, quaint bistros, and community activities.

On the other, Grapevine’s corporate culture attracts national retailers and industries. Grapevine Mills Mall attracts thousands of destination shoppers daily and national chains fill restaurant row. Full-scale facilities such as the Great Wolf Lodge and the Gaylord Texan drive a tourism and convention industry second to none.

Also diverse residentially, Grapevine’s established upscale neighborhoods continue to thrive and cater to a family-based community. In addition, soon-to-be-finished luxury housing developments will offer amenities and entertainment simply not found elsewhere.

It is Grapevine’s unique combination of classic and modern that makes the city the centerpiece of DFW, a city where Main Street meets the world.

For more information about Grapevine and other communities within our exciting Dallas Metro, contact us at 214.769.2142.

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Spotlight – Garland

Welcome to our Spotlight Series where we will be sharing something FAB about cities in our great D.FW…starting from A-Z.

14th Stop: Garland

Garland is part of the 4th largest region in the nation, the DFW Metroplex, which continues to attract new business and corporate expansions despite the current challenges in the world economy. Not only does Garland offer a diverse and stable economy for businesses and residents to relocate and succeed, but the city has also taken steps to provide excellent opportunities for its residents to enjoy living and working here.

Global products are made here. As a manufacturing hub, jobs in fabrication and manufacturing are the foundation, but healthcare, technology and wireless communication round out the city’s economic diversity. One of the most iconic manufacturers, Resistol has made cowboy hats in Garland since 1938, visitors can visit the outlet store and take home an iconic Texas souvenir.

Entertainment happens here. Shopping, dining, events and the arts provide a sampling of Garland’s unique multi-cultural environment. Explore the facets of the community by attending an event or sampling a new restaurant. Take in one of many performances from musicals to concerts or attend a movie in the historic Plaza Theatre. With 2,800 acres of parks, athletic fields, two water parks, two nature preserves and 63 holes of golf everyone should find something to enjoy outdoors.

History happened here. Native Americans first appreciated the land, followed by pioneers who laid the foundation of the community. Learn about the historic highway that passed down Main Street, visit the museum in an old Santa Fe Depot and explore the historic downtown area.

Texas Made Here tells the Garland story. History, global products, memories and possibilities are all made here.

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One of my current listings is located in Garland at 2706 Winding Oak Trail. Watch the video to see this beautiful home…especially the backyard!

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For more information about Garland and other communities within our exciting Dallas Metro, contact us at 214.769.2142.

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Spotlight – Farmers Branch

Welcome to our Spotlight Series where we will be sharing something FAB about cities in our great D.FW…starting from A-Z.

13th Stop: Farmers Branch

Farmers Branch is an extraordinary community with a small-town feel and big-city convenience. The City’s safe neighborhoods, 28 parks, state-of-the-art recreational facilities and world-class businesses make Farmers Branch a great place to work or play.

A city of only 12.1 square miles and a population of 31,000 residents, Farmers Branch is bordered by 635 Expressway to the south, I-35 to west, the Dallas North Tollway to the east, and Beltline road to the north. The geographical core of the City is largely residential with businesses surrounding the borders. With businesses attributing to 80% of the tax base, Farmers Branch residents are able to enjoy one of the lower city tax rates in Dallas County while still benefiting from high quality services and public safety.

World-class arts, shopping and great schools, plus a big-business boom and lower business tax rates are just a few of the features that make Farmers Branch the ideal place to live, work, and play.

The park-like setting of the city of Farmers Branch isn’t just about majestic trees, rose gardens and playgrounds. The peaceful, protected feeling evoked within the boundaries of the city is anchored by the pride of the various city services dedicated to protecting the health, safety and welfare of the families living in and visiting the area.

For more information about Farmers Branch and other communities within our exciting Dallas Metro, contact us at 214.769.2142.

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Great Idea’s for Dad! Last-Minute Father’s Day Gift Guide

Need some great ideas for Dad?  Don’t worry – here are some FAB ideas!

Need some information on our great Dallas Metro….Just call – let’s chat!  214.769.2142

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Dads are the best. So celebrate this Father’s Day by giving thoughtful, one-of-a-kind gifts to show your love and appreciation to all the dads, fathers, pops and papas in your life.

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Art of Shaving Gift Card

Now dad can appreciate a barber spa and relax while getting a fresh, new Royal or Traditional Shave at any The Art of Shaving location.

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Boardroom Salon Membership

No more excuses to avoid a haircut. With this annual membership, your dad will enjoy unlimited personal consultations, precision neck shaving, energizing shampoo and conditioner, tailored cuts and finishing-touch styling.

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Temperature Control Travel Mug

Now dad can enjoy his coffee or tea at the perfect temperature all the time. This travel-friendly mug allows dad to set his preferred drink temperature, then maintains it, so his coffee or tea tastes perfect from first sip to last drop.

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Fizzics Waytap Beer System

For beer-loving dads, this is the most compact and portable way to discover the magic behind every variety of beer by improving the body, texture and concentration of aromatics.

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Smart Watch

The classic gift with top-of-the-line technology. Get your dad up to speed with the latest trend and keep him connected with ease.

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Wood Burning CampStove

Camping with dad will never be the same with this fantastic Wood Burning CampStove that helps cook meals faster, is simple to set up and creates energy to charge your phone or any USB device at the same time.

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Hybrid Kamado Grill 

Best dads deserve the best grill. This ceramic model from Icon allows for cooking with charcoal or gas and its domed shape creates an ideal environment for grilling, searing, baking, smoking and slow cooking — so dad always enjoys perfectly delicious barbecue.

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Outside the Box

And for dads who already have everything, why not gift him a truly incredible experience? From beach getaways and concert tickets to sporting events, any dad would love a unique gift that maybe doesn’t fit in the average box.

If we failed to hit the spot, hopefully we’ve inspired some creative gift ideas for that special man in your life. But you better hurry, dad’s special day is just around the corner.