Sea Lions, Swine Racing no surprise at East Texas State Fair

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - By Morgan Chesky - bio | email

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - It has signaled the beginning of Autumn in East Texas for the past 95 years.

Thousands descend on Tyler for the East Texas State Fair, a tradition that means two weeks of food, fun, and music.  This year some new attractions are already leaving their mark. The best news for fair goers this year is more bang for your buck.

"It was our number one priority this year was to add as much value as we could to the fair goers," said fair director Heather Pickett.

Deals let you save so you can snag more cotton candy than you can grab and still grab a seat for pig racing at Swifty Swine Racetrack or on a log in a water ride.

"We wanted to show them our appreciation for supporting us for 95 years by offering them things they don't get to see everywhere," said Pickett.

Forget the bb gun, Robert Jones lets fair goers do a little painting with paintball guns. "We have a paintball shoot gallery where they shoot 25 paintballs inside our trailer," said Jones.

The best part, everyone gets a prize.

A few booths down, bring on the pinnipeds, or better known as sea lions. Kim and Rosy aren't your average South American Sea Lions but this isn't your average fair.

The fair continues tonight through October 3rd. Gates are open 10 a.m. through 11 p.m. Sunday through Friday and go to midnight on Saturday.

Tickets for adults run $8, for children 6-12 only $5, and if you are younger than that, it is free.

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