Since its inception in 1886, the State Fair of Texas has evolved into more than just a cherished yearly custom; it has become an exceptional attraction drawing attendees from far and wide.
This year, the fair draw a whole new level of attention – the internet kind. The fervor was inspired by the welcome sign, located at the DART entrance on Parry Avenue by the ticket booth, which read: “We’re glad your here!” – as opposed to the grammatically correct: “We’re glad you’re here!”
“No one said anyone ever went to the great State Fair of Texas for grammar,” said Jennifer Meehan, one of the initial visitors to recognize sign’s error and to upload a photo of it on social media. “I could not resist sharing the first thing I saw walking into the fair with the rest of the world.”
Among the many corners of the internet, photos of the sign landed in r/Dallas of Reddit. The subtitle of the post reading: “When you are #38 in Education”.
“Please tell me this is fake,” wrote user u/pattywack512. “Like, I know it’s not, but just tell me so I can pretend it is.”
“That’s why we use y’all,” another user wrote.
This is what happens when we let Little Big Tex proofread, but we’re so glad YOU’RE here! ❤️ pic.twitter.com/cwreMAzc5b
— State Fair of Texas (@StateFairOfTX) October 3, 2023
As for the State Fair of Texas, we have to give kudos for officials owning their blunder. Yesterday officials uploaded a video to Twitter/X of Little Big Tex pouring over dictionaries, thesauruses, and a tasteful copy of William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White’s The Elements of Style, before fixing the grammatical mistake.