State Fair of Texas Seeking Unique Small Businesses

Apply to become a 2022 food and beverage concessionaire or commercial exhibitor now.

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The annual State Fair of Texas is made up of a vast collection of small businesses – nearly 80 concessionaires and more than 200 exhibitors come together to celebrate all things Texan by offering quality products for fairgoers. If you’re a small, unique business with previous experience of serving the masses, the Fair is looking for you! The 2022 food and beverage concessionaire application and the 2022 commercial exhibits application are now available online.

Known worldwide for its tasty and innovative food concoctions, the Fair is looking for top-notch vendors who can bring new and unique foods to the State Fair. Applicants must have large event experience – as the Fair served more than 2 million people in 24 days in 2021!

After a vendor has successfully completed their first State Fair, they are invited back for the next Fair, and they are also eligible for the highly coveted Big Tex Choice Awards food competition. While new vendors are not eligible for the Big Tex Choice Awards in their inaugural year as a concessionaire, they are eligible to be featured in all the State Fair’s “new foods” communications.

In addition to food and beverage vendors, The State Fair of Texas is looking for exceptional businesses who can add an appealing new product or service to their roster for 2022.

Home to approximately 400,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor commercial exhibit space, the State Fair of Texas is the perfect destination to increase a business’ product sales and awareness, generate sales leads, drive in-store traffic, and interact with thousands of potential customers. For 24 days, eager fairgoers meander the shopping marketplaces filled with sensory goodness – taking in everything from the mouth-watering aroma of freshly roasted pecans, to the sights of handcrafted jewelry being engraved with someone special’s name, to the comfort of testing out a cozy new mattress, and even the sound of energetic rescue dogs meeting potential forever families. Alongside uniqueness of product or service and the appearance of the display, new applicants are selected based on the availability of space and can fill up quickly.

All qualified small businesses are encouraged to apply for consideration through March 31, 2022.