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What to expect when visiting the 105th East Texas State Fair

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Published: Sep. 23, 2021 at 2:23 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 23, 2021 at 7:45 PM CDT
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TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - East Texas State Fair is back tomorrow after taking 2020 off due to the pandemic.

“It’s no question we faced a lot of challenges. COVID is one of our challenges and the other is construction,” East Texas State Fair Director of Marketing Cody Rosenbalm said. “And the construction of Harvey Convention Center has definitely thrown a wrench in some of our plans.”

“Some things may not be in the same place as they’re used to, but they’re still here,” Rosenbalm said. “We still have just as many carnival rides, just as many food vendors, actually we’ve added a few. Just as many commercial vendors, everything’s just laid out a little differently.”

Rosenbalm said the goal is to create an event the community knows and loves. “Seeing the community come together has been amazing, and that’s what this fair is all about,” Rosenbalm said.

Veronica Vargas, daughter of family-owned food booth La Casita Taqueria, celebrates their 20 years at the fair. Vargas said her parents started the tradition at this fair and she continues it, along with the rest of her family, to honor her father’s legacy.

“Nine years ago fair time, my daddy passed away,” Vargas said. “It’s very important to us because of him and my mom, so we just keep doing it. We just keep doing it every year, I mean, our sweat and tears are in this booth.”

“I know he’s with us,” Varags said. “We’ll see him again one day but we’re very, I know he’s very proud.”

Tyler Police Department reminds drivers that W. Front St, in front of Harvey Hall, traffic will be shut down to one lane in both east and west directions all day Friday, starting at 9:00 a.m. until midnight.

On Saturdays and Sundays, the traffic lanes will be restricted to one lane both east and west at 11:00 am until the fair closes. During the week, all lanes will be open until 3:30 p.m. each day and then the traffic will revert back to one lane of traffic flow in each direction until closing time of the fair.

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