DALLAS - It’s a wrap… and a very successful one. More than 2.4 million people visited the State Fair of Texas this year.
Fairgoers spent more than $56 million in gross coupon sales for food, drink and rides. That’s a record for the 130-year history of the fair and almost $2.5 million more than last year.
But there was still some leftover food and this year many of the State Fair food and beverage concessionaires decided to do something good with it. On Monday they donated their leftover food items to 14 Fair Park-area food pantries and shelters.
“We coordinated more than a dozen agencies from the South Dallas and Fair Park area to come by and pick it up to help feed people in need,” said Karissa Condoianis, the vice president of public relations for the State Fair of Texas.
The fair launched State Fair Cares last year to collect leftover food and was able to donate more than 6,000 meals worth of food.