The East Texas State Fair is more than just fun and games for many East Texans who depend on the revenue generated by the annual event.

According to the fair president Michael Sykes, the local economy is strengthened by the fair's success.

"The gross proceeds of the fair are well over three million dollars. maybe even closer to four million dollars," Sykes said.

Workers and food vendors from around the East Texas area travel to the Tyler each year to work at the fair.

The East Texas State Fair runs through October 1.

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