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Where to dodge rain when at the East Texas State Fair

Sometimes Mother Nature wants to interrupt our plans but at the East Texas State Fair, there's a few spots to hang out while waiting for the weather to clear.

TYLER, Texas — The East Texas State Fair is in it's 105th year but sometimes, a little bit of rain may interrupt our plans. The CBS19 team stopped by the fair to find some places to shelter in case you find yourself stuck in some unsettled weather.

The Marketplace located a building E on the fairgrounds would be the safest spot in case of severe weather. It is an enclosed, air-conditioned building that can be used for shelter. But, don't use bad weather as the only excuse to check out the rows of vendors displaying handmade goodies! On weekdays, the marketplace is open 10 am to 2 PM and on weekends, 10 am to 10 PM.

When entering into the marketplace, don't miss out on some 'GO TEXAN' products! The general store is full of locally made products from Texas agriculture including jams and jellies, spices, soaps, salsas and hot sauce to name a few! Every purchase made helps fund agriculture education in the Lone Star State.

If gardening is more your thing, the Horticulture Show is also located at an enclosed building on the fairgrounds (previously held at Harvey Hall, now at building C) and features potted plants, fairy gardens and repurposed containers

If you run into a quick rinse or rainstorm, try out this double-decker cupcake bus! Owned and operated by Jennifer Philips, this is the first year for the bus which offers a great view of the fair while keeping you dry on the top deck. The bus is originally from Bristol England and besides the delicious sweet treats, it's a sweet ride! You can't miss it. Look for the big red double-decker in the middle of food row. 

The fair also offers a number of tents and sitting areas across the fairgrounds but remember, if you see lightning or hear thunder, you need to take shelter right away! If you hear thunder, that means you are close enough to be struck by lightning.