Fair Park was built for the 1936 Centennial Exposition that marked the 100th anniversary of the state's independence from Mexico. 

Fair Park was built for the 1936 Centennial Exposition that marked the 100th anniversary of the state's independence from Mexico. 

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A free festival at Fair Park will mark the 80th anniversary of the Texas Centennial Exposition this summer.

The June 8-11 event will include concerts, Midway games and rides, fireworks and other family-friendly events.

The 1936 Centennial Exposition marked the 100th anniversary of the state's independence from Mexico.  Fair Park was built for the event, which laid the foundation for the annual State Fair of Texas there. The festival will feature an exhibit focusing on Fair Park's history.

Performances will include the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Brave Combo. A new children's play area with a carousel and playground equipment will be opened.

Admission to the park's museums will be free during the event.

The Dallas Morning News is a sponsor of the celebration, and Crowdsource, which The News owns, is handling the marketing services for the festival.

For more information, visit fairpark.org.

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