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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

THC Historic Sites Represent at State Fair

by Sarah Tober, senior marketing specialist for the Historic Sites

The Historic Sites represented at the Texas State Fair this last week, with Jennifer (our web content guru), Dixie (one of our fabulous site managers, she oversees the Confederate Reunion Grounds) and yours truly. Together we worked the Texas Historical Commission (THC) booth, meeting visitors and providing information about the Historic Sites and other THC-related programs. We made sure visitors left our booth with rack cards, historic sites' mint tins and a better understanding of what we offer in the way of preservation and heritage tourism.

Traveling all over Texas and getting to know other Texans is definitely one of the perks of my job. Having grown up in Texas I have always heard that we Texans are some of the most friendly bunch of people in the U.S., and I can now officially confirm the rumors as truth. Even in the big city of Dallas there were plenty of friendly faces and hearty storytellers.

Some highlights from the two days spent at the fair include: tornado tater twisters, Dr. Pepper floats, talking with Dixie about history and life in Texas, corndogs, the Go Texan store, hearing people recognize our program and appreciate Texas history, and finally seeing the big O, a Brazilian Spectacle Owl that is!

If you make it to the state fair next year, be sure to stop by the THC booth inside the Food and Fiber Pavilion, you never know what new things you could learn there! For more information on the state fair visit

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