ICE! is Back at the Gaylord Texan with Holiday Classic The Polar Express

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The Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine, Texas, invites you and your family to “freeze the day” this holiday season as the hotel’s longtime holiday tradition, ICE!, returns after a two-year hiatus.

ICE: The Polar Express

The popular holiday attraction in the Gaylord Texan Resort is open from November. 11 – January 1, 2023. It is a perfect way for both friends and family to get into the holiday spirit. It is also a great treat for out-of-town visitors.

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10 Ways to Beat the Summer Heat in North Texas

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The temperatures in North Texas have been hitting more than 100 degrees for a while now. It is getting hotter, and nothing beats the heat like a dip in a pool, a cool sprinkle at a Spray Ground or a big splash at a water park.

If you don’t have a swimming pool in your backyard, don’t fret, the Concierge has several wet and wild ways to make a splash. Here are our Top 10 favorites ways to stay cool this summer:

1. Dallas Parks Spraygrounds

Did you know that the Dallas Parks Department operates several Spraygrounds around town? They are open daily through Labor Day. Spraygrounds are located in Lake Highlands , Grauwyler, Campell Green and other park locations. Check the schedule for locations and times of operation.

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Happy New Year!

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Wishing you a wonderful and
happy New Year!

From Candace Rozell and everyone at Concierge Connection

See Y’all Next Year!

State Fair Of Texas Cancels 2020 Season Due to Coronavirus

We are sad to announce that the circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic has caused the State Fair of Texas Board of Directors to cancel the 2020 State Fair of Texas

The 2021 State Fair of Texas is scheduled to run Friday, September 24 through Sunday, October 17, 2021, in historic Fair Park.

This will be the first time since World War II that the State Fair of Texas has not opened. The State Fair of Texas has previously canceled Fairs because of World War I (1918), planning for the 1936 Texas Centennial Exposition and 1937 Pan American Exposition at Fair Park (1935 – 1937), and World War II (1942 – 1945). 

 “This was an extremely tough decision. The health and safety of all involved has remained our top priority throughout the decision-making process. One of the greatest aspects of the Fair is welcoming each and every person who passes through our gates with smiles and open arms. In the current climate of COVID-19, there is no feasible way for the Fair to put proper precautions in place while maintaining the Fair environment you know and love. While we cannot predict what the COVID-19 pandemic will look like in September, the recent surge in positive cases is troubling for all of North Texas. The safest and most responsible decision we could make for all involved at this point in our 134-year history is to take a hiatus for the 2020 season.”  

Gina Norris, board chair for the State Fair of Texas

With health and safety as the top priority, the management team and the board of directors discussed all potential scenarios since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Fair gathered input from fairgoers, concessionaires, commercial exhibitors, Midway operators, auto manufacturers, business partners, staff, medical experts, and government officials to consider while coming to this conclusion. The Fair realizes the impact not holding a Fair will have on our loyal fans and the North Texas economy, but this is the right thing to do for the health and wellness of our community.  

While the State Fair of Texas is canceled for 2020, the NCAA, respective conferences, and participating universities – the University of Texas & University of Oklahoma and Prairie View A&M University & Grambling State University – will be in charge of making decisions regarding the football games that occur at Cotton Bowl Stadium during this unprecedented time of COVID-19. Should football be played this fall, the schools will be playing in the Cotton Bowl as scheduled, despite the cancellation of the 2020 State Fair. Those details are still to be determined.   

“While we are heartbroken at the notion of not welcoming more than 2.5 million of our closest friends for this annual celebration of the Lone Star State, the excitement we feel in moving forward with planning the 2021 State Fair of Texas and keeping this 134-year tradition alive will keep us motivated until we can greet our fairgoers, seasonal staff, and business partners again in a safe environment.”

Mitchell Glieber, president of the State Fair of Texas. 

The State Fair of Texas will return September 24 – Ocotber 17, 2021