Small Business Owners Excited As Visitors Return, Pack The State Fair Of Texas – CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

DALLAS, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) — Eager Texans packed the State Fair of Texas on opening day, and fair officials say they’re expecting to see thousands more.

“The excitement is overwhelming,” fair official Rusty Fitzgerald said. “Everybody is so happy – after a two-year break — to be back out here.”

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The influx of attendees is great news for the small business owners who depend on fair revenue. Last year, most suffered when the fair scaled back due to the pandemic.

“They’re excited to be here and just ready to get the job done,” Fitzgerald said.

Greg Parish owns Gourmet Royale and has been serving customers for more than 30 years. He says he’s relieved to be making money again.

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“When you’re used to the State Fair revenue coming in, it’s like what do you do? I…

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