7 Field goals
Texas Hall of State has the “Century in the Making Pavilion .” It’s about the greatest moments in the first century of North Texas football. Also destined to be a hit with football fans: “Remembering Tom Landry: The Personal Collection.” The memorabilia illustrates the career of the iconic Dallas Cowboys coach. Open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.
8 Flight time
“Dreams of Flight: A Journey Through Air and Space” at the Women’s Museum, takes a look at female fliers, from the pioneers to today’s astronauts, engineers and space innovators. Open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.
9 Exploring cultures
The African American Museum boasts a collection of African-American folk art said to be one of the United States’ largest. Another attraction that is free with fair admission, Mundo Latino, is a celebration of Hispanic culture history, music, instruments and costumes. There’s also the Mercado, open daily.
10 Best in show
You got your creative arts: ribbon-winners in more than 1,000 categories, from crafts to canning. Daily competitions and cooking demos. Did somebody say “Vita-Mix?”
11 Slick art
Butter sculpture. Umm…butter.
12 The emperor’s getting new clothes
Check out Big Tex’s sailor blue/canary yellow outfit. It’s the last year for these togs, so capture that kitschy Kodak moment for posterity.
13 People who need (to see) people
Unequalled people-watching opportunities abound: cute couples on the midway; sugar-crazed children; you name it, it’s here.
14 Animal farm
The Nigerian Dwarf and Pygmy Goats Costume Contest, the Barnyard Olympics and more await fairgoers at 6 p.m. Saturday in the Swine Arena. But don’t worry if you miss it. There’s a flock of livestock fun spread daily throughout the fair. You’ve got livestock breed displays with cattle, pigs, sheep and goats in Cattle Barn 1 and the Swine Building. You can’t say neigh.
15 For the birds
Bird is the word at the free-flight Birds of the World showcases. Four shows daily in the Band Shell.
16 Everything’s illuminated
Wrap up the day with music, water jets and pyrotechnics each evening at the Illumination Sensation along the 700-foot Esplanade reflecting pool. Speaking of reflecting, remember that you just saved a bunch of money by doing all this free stuff. Grab a corny dog on the way home and go out like the King.
John Austin, 817-390-7874