Big Tex says: Fire up your creativity

By Karissa Condoianis

The State Fair of Texas is excited to announce the 2021 Virtual Creative Arts Contests, kicking off with Texas Theme Cookie Decorating. In addition, the 2021 Virtual Creative Arts Contest Handbook is now available online. 

With four brand-new virtual contests, Texans can celebrate their creativity year-round. Whether participants are showing off their patriotic-themed decorated mantel, shelf or tablescape, or cooking up some fun Texas-themed, decorated cookies, Big Tex cannot wait to see how Fair fans celebrate everything from their favorite holiday to Big Tex himself, through their creativity. 

Introduced in 2020 as a way for Fair fans to continue creative celebrations from the comfort of their own home during the COVID-19 pandemic, the contests were so popular, the new virtual contest tradition will continue in 2021. 

Have a favorite holiday? Take your pick of any celebrated holiday and decorate a food item or décor piece (mantel, shelf or tablescape) to celebrate.
Photos courtesy of The State Fair of Texas

 The four contests in 2021 include:

• Texas Theme Cookie Decorating — Stir up some Lone Star spirit by decorating Texas-themed cookies. Texas is filled with tons of symbols – bluebonnets, Dr Pepper®, armadillos, yellow roses — so you’ll have more than enough inspiration to choose from to decorate your six cookies.

• Patriotic Celebration — Bring the celebration of America to your indoor décor! To celebrate the Fourth of July, commemorating the birth of American independence, decorate a mantel, shelf or tablescape with your best stars and stripes.  

• Big Tex Cake Decorating – Say “Howdy, Folks!” using your sugar art skills. Design, embellish or decorate any cake or cupcake of your choosing — the only requirement is that your dessert features the spirit of everybody’s favorite 55-foot-tall talking cowboy, Big Tex.

• Holiday! — Have a favorite holiday? Take your pick of any celebrated holiday and decorate a food item or décor piece (mantel, shelf or tablescape) to celebrate. Who says you can’t decorate for Valentine’s Day in December?

 To enter, just submit a photo of your masterpiece through the Fair’s online registration portal, available at 

With different age divisions for each contest, participants of any age are welcome. The entries must be the work of the contestant, and contestants may only have one entry per specified contest category.

 Registration for the Virtual Creative Arts Contests is now open. To view the 2021 Virtual Creative Arts Contests handbook, please visit

 The virtual contests are just one of the many ways Fair fans can showcase their creativity this year! Information about the 2021 Arts & Crafts contests, as well as cooking contests, which are typically held leading up to the State Fair of Texas, will be released later in the year. 

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