A Fair to Remember

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A Love for the State Fair of Texas!

It is a tradition etched in the personal memories of millions. A place where generations have come to gaze upon the world’s tallest cowboy, to soar on North America’s highest ferris wheel and to consume the most exotic delicacies this side of the Rio Grande.

A Fair to Remember, a new documentary about the Great State Fair of Texas, captures the heart of Texas – big, spirited, and brazenly proud!

The film takes you on a roller-coaster ride chronicling the history of the Fair, from its inception in 1886 to its destination today as the largest and longest-running Fair in the country.

Dramatic archival footage, alluring interviews, and dazzling animation will entertain viewers of all ages!

Screenings in 2008

A Fair to Remember was screened at Late Nights at the Dallas Museum of Art in March and June 2008

More than 200 museum-goers who attended March’s third Friday at Late Night at the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) filled the Horchow Auditorium to join Allen & Cynthia for the Museum’s first screening of A Fair To Remember!

Allen & Cynthia spoke briefly beforehand in March about the making of the film. Afterwards, audience members remained to ask questions of the filmmakers and reminisce about their own experiences at the State Fair of Texas. At the June screening, summer visitors to the DMA enjoyed the film and the air conditioning!

The Museum featured the film as a special event along with the Members-Only Sneak Peak of Bluebonnets and Beyond: Julian Onderdonk – American Impressionist, which opened mid-March, which featured colorful scenes of Texas landscape. Screening A Fair To Remember was a great fit!

If you weren’t able to join us this time, you may still have a chance to see the film on the “big screen”at the Museum in the future- the DMA hopes to screen our film again since audience interest and attendance was so strong! Stay Tuned!

Discussion Guides

By Allen Mondell & Cynthia Salzman Mondell


Part One (1866 – 1930’s)

The State Fair of Texas began in 1886 as two separate Fairs because the citizens of Dallas couldn’t agree where to hold it. This resulted in a divided effort with both Fairs losing money so they eventually joined forces to hold a single fair, the one we have today at Fair Park.

Texas relied on agriculture as an economic lynch pin, especially in its early days. The Fair showcased advancements in modern farming equipment such as the barbwire maker and the cotton gin. This exposure helped to play a large role in the progress of Texas agriculture.

The advent of the automobile had a huge impact in the way Texans went about their lives. The State Fair played a crucial role in ushering in the age of this modern machine through its massive auto shows and demonstrations. Automakers were able to connect with the public directly and in large numbers by exhibiting their products at the Fair.

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The State Fair of Texas is heading for Lithuania! The U.S. State Department is sending Allen Mondell’s and Cynthia Salzman Mondell’s film, A Fair to Remember, to Lithuania in September 2009 to represent our country as part of the 2009 American Documentary Showcase. Filmmaker Allen Mondell has been tapped as the cultural ambassador to accompany the documentary – the film’s tour is a major “coup” for the City of Dallas, the State of Texas, the State Fair of Texas and the film industry here in North Texas!

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Media Projects, Inc. is thrilled to announce that their colorful historical documentary about the State Fair of Texas, A Fair To Remember, has been honored with the 2008 Lone Star EMMY for “Best Texas Heritage Program / Special” at the 6TH Annual Lone Star Emmy Awards ceremony, hosted by the Lone Star Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS), in Houston this past weekend. Expanding its influence within the Lone Star State’s popular culture with all the force of a Texas tornado, the film was directed and produced by Allen Mondell and Cynthia Salzman Mondell and co-produced by Phillip Allen.

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