Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Kansas State Fair

It was our final state fair tour stop of the year, and it was one of the best. The people of Kansas really know how to have some Texas-style fun. It didn’t take fairgoers long to learn there’s no place like Texas.

Kansans got a chance to test their Texas IQ at our Texas or Not kiosk, and I have to admit, I was a little shocked so many had such high Texas IQs. Fairgoers were shown a series of 10 pictures on touch- screen monitors and had to determine whether that picture was in Texas or not. What was even more shocking – the question missed the most was the picture of Dodge City, Kansas!

People were pleased to learn about the array of vacationing opportunities in Texas, but vacation options weren’t the only thing we brought from Texas. The Marshall Ford Swing Band joined our road show for two weeks of western swing music. Normally a quartet, this time the dynamic duo, Greg and Kris, brought an element of good ol’ Texas tunes to the Kansas State Fair. My feet are still worn out from all of the dancing!

Well, folks, with 10 cities down and only one more to go, in what city will our Lone Star Tour end its six- month road trip? Go to and check out our schedule for the answer. Hopefully, we’ll see you on the 1st of October. Until we meet again, happy trails, my friends!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Kansas State Fair

With not even a week to spare, our Texas road show headed south down I-35 and right on over to Route 50 to settle in for a wild ride at the Kansas State Fair. Loaded with “sheep thrills,” this fair is proving itself to be a perfect fit for Texas on Tour!

Positioned at that end of the midway in the shadow of the Ferris wheel, our virtual trip to the Lone Star State can easily be seen by all. But more important, it’s seeing the virtual Texas vacations that can be enjoyed right here at the fair. No strangers to a Texas adventure, Kansans were excited to have us back in their state, and if you don’t believe me, ask Karen Shelton from Wichita, who said, “My boss came here last year when y’all were at RiverFest and this was all she talked about!”

Come out and create your own unforgettable moments in the Texas Gulf Coast. You can let the kids run around on the beach without leaving the fair. You could even take a family picture with a Texas sand castle. The memories don’t stop there because you’ll still have time to watch the millions of bats that fly out from underneath the Congress Avenue Bridge in Austin every night.

I could go on for days talking about all of the great vacation opportunities in Texas and the virtual adventures that can be had at the Kansas State Fair, but I don’t want to spoil it for you. We’ll be in town for another week, so there’s still time to enjoy a piece of Texas. Can’t wait to see you!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Minnesota State Fair

The fireworks that lit up the sky to end an exciting two weeks said it best: the Minnesota State Fair was a blast! Minnesotans from all over the state came out for the second week of their annual “Get-Together” and another dose of Texas on Tour.

Fairgoers used their All-Access passes to return again and again, making sure to take advantage of every virtual vacation and adventure we had to offer. Some of the most popular adventures this week were the great vacations showcased in our Discover Texas Dome Theater. Cities like San Antonio gained even more fans once they learned about the Steel Eel roller coaster at SeaWorld and the great family fun to be had at the Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch, which is a drive-through safari. South Padre Island offered fairgoers a different idea of what winter could be like with its beautiful beaches that can be enjoyed year-round.

People at the fair were drawn to our Lone Star stage as it rocked out to Texas tunes all week. BettySoo and Ryan Harkrider represented the “Live Music Capital of the World®,” Austin, Texas, and kept everyone’s toes tapping.

With only two more stops to go, time is running out for you to take advantage of a free mini-vacation with Texas on Tour. Meet us at our next stop to sign up for your chance to win a Texas vacation – we’d love to have you in Texas! For more details and information on planning your next Lone Star State vacation, visit See you at our next stop!

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