If you hear some loud thunder and see some fireworks in the Fair Park vicinity tonight at 8 p.m., you’ll be witnessing the grand opening of the State Fair of Texas Summer Adventures theme park. The park opens tomorrow and Sunday (weekends in May, daily June through August), but tonight look for a huge, three-minute fireworks show, some of which will be shot off the top of the new Top o’ Texas Tower, which is already 500 feet high.
Last night, I was driving down Cambria to the Gaston intersection, and I noticed some neon straight ahead of me through the trees that I hadn’t seen before. It was the Top o’ Texas Tower, looking much like the Lakewood Theater’s spire does at night, and the Tower is so tall it didn’t really seem that much farther away than the Lakewood spire. The fact that I can see the Top o’ Texas Tower from street level makes me think the fireworks display tonight from the top of the Tower could be pretty spectacular.
According to the Summer Adventures press release, “the tallest pieces of the display will launch fireworks 750-800 feet in the air”, which is about the equivalent of a 60-story office tower.
And if you miss the fireworks show but want to take advantage of the Summer Adventures setup — unlimited go-rounds on the 30 rides open, including the Tower and the big Star of Texas Ferris Wheel, along with pay-as-you-go food such as Fletcher’s Corny Dogs, Highland Park Pharmacy milk shakes and lots of bird and animal shows — Summer Adventures opens at 10 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday. Cost is between $25-$30 per person, and just so you know, my wife Sally is one of the PR people at the Fair and Summer Adventures.
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