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The City of Huntsville will welcome State Fair of Texas visitors this fall, as staff from the Statue Visitor Center will highlight the events and attractions that make our community worth visiting. Visitor Services Coordinator Jamie Matthews and Gift Shop Manager Jessica Lacy will staff the Texas Heritage Trails Travel booth in the historic GoTexan Pavilion, next to the State Fair Wine Garden and close to the Cotton Bowl.
Huntsville’s Destination Day is October 16, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Huntsville’s banner and promotional literature will be on focus display that day, enhancing the statewide presence throughout the large booth.
"Each year we send a representative to the State Fair to promote Huntsville as a destination," said Kimm Thomas, City Director of Tourism and Cultural Services. “This is the second year that the Texas Heritage Trails is allowing cities to have a designated day. Huntsville is a member of the Texas Forest Trail, which affords us the opportunity to promote Huntsville at events like the State Fair of Texas. Jamie and Jessica will be on hand to share all the wonderful sights Huntsville has to offer."
Residents of Huntsville and Walker County will also be encouraged to come to Dallas and attend the Fair on that day. Tickets are available at bigtex.com/info/tickets, providing general admission and access to all Fair exhibits and free shows. A discount coupon is available online.
“We are thrilled to showcase Huntsville as a focus destination at the Fair this year,” said Marty Prince, executive director of the Texas Forest Trail Region. “We know what an amazing place it is to visit, and we look forward to sharing that information with the diverse travelers who come to the Fair.”
Over 24 days of the State Fair of Texas, Sept. 28–Oct. 21, 2018, nearly 3 million visitors (2017 figures, at http://bigtex.com/attendance) will attend from within and outside Texas. The State Fair of Texas, one of America’s largest, longest (since 1886), and most historic state fairs, provides a unique venue for the promotion of heritage tourism as a vitally important Texas product.
The Texas Heritage Trails Travel booth is the only statewide travel exhibitor at the Fair, where it has participated annually for more than a decade. Staffed by Texas Heritage Trail Regions personnel and partners, the both operates as a miniature visitor center, displaying banners and information about all ten of the state’s Heritage Trail Regions and distributing nearly two tons of free brochures, visitor guides, maps, and community-branded items throughout the duration of the Fair.
The Texas Heritage Trails, celebrating the program’s 50th anniversary in 2018, are an award-winning heritage tourism initiative of the Texas Historical Commission, serving the state since the program’s founding in 1968 as the Texas Travel Trails, and serving every county of Texas since 1998.
For more information on the Texas Heritage Trails, the Texas Heritage Travel booth at the State Fair, and Destination Days 2018, contact Marty Prince at firstname.lastname@example.org. For information on the City’s participation, contact Visitor Services Coordinator Jamie Matthews, at 936-291-9726 or JMatthews@HuntsvilleTX.gov. Visit the Tourism and Cultural Services Department website at HuntsvilleTexas.com.