Savvy Savings for the State Fair of Texas


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The countdown to the State Fair of Texas has begun! For those planning to go, below are great money-saving opportunities you can take advantage of from Sept. 29 – Oct. 22. Just think of all the extra mouth-watering treats you can indulge in after your savings!

 

Advance Tickets

Buying in advance (and printing yourself) will save you a couple of bucks on general admission. You can also purchase tickets through the DART GoPass app, which will save you $2 on every ticket, any day and allows you to access them right from your phone. Lastly, add tickets to your Kroger shopping list: $16.50 for general admission.

 

Big Tex Insider

Sign up to become a Big Tex Insider and get the latest ticket discounts delivered right to your inbox as they’re announced. Insiders also receive first access to pre-sales, information on every show and attraction at the 2017 State Fair of Texas, discounted merchandise from the Big Tex store, and a happy birthday message from Big Tex on your birthday!

 

Coca-Cola $7 Thursdays

Bring an empty 20 oz. bottle of any Coca-Cola product on any Thursday during the Fair (Oct. 5, 12 and 19) and enter the Fair for only $7.

 

Dr Pepper $6 Tuesdays

Don’t throw away those empty Dr Pepper cans! Bring one in on any Tuesday during the Fair (Oct. 3, 10 and 17) and pay only $6 for general admission.

 

Dr Pepper Half Price After 5 p.m.

Bring an empty Dr Pepper can after 5 p.m. each day and admission is half price!

 

Free Attractions

Listen to the various free concerts scattered throughout the grounds, catch one (or more) of the daily shows, visit the auto show, and always stay for the Starlight Parade. Sticking to these attractions will keep a few extra bucks in your pocket. For a complete schedule of events, click here.

 

First Responders Day

All active and retired public law enforcement, firefighters, paramedics and other emergency services agencies will receive free admission to the fair when they present a valid badge or ID card, plus up to three admission tickets for their family, on October 13.

 

Group Tickets

For groups of 20 or more, the Fair has a deal for you. The Fair can get your group through the gates for as low as $12/person, saving you 33 percent overall.

 

106.1 KISS-FM Fridays

Visit the radio station’s website on Fridays to download a coupon for $5 off general admission.  You can’t get this deal at the gate, so remember to download and print before you go.

 

Military Appreciation Day

On opening day, all active military, retired military, and veterans receive free admission when they present valid documentation of military service at the gate. For information on how to obtain your Military ID Card before you visit the fair, click here.

 

McDonald’s

When you’re done eating those tasty nuggets, be sure to grab the coupons from your tray liner or to-go bag. They’ll save you $5 on general admission or half the price of a kid’s admission on any day.

 

North Texas Food Bank Wednesdays

Bring in four cans of food for donation on any Wednesday during the Fair (Oct. 4, 11 and 18) and enter the Fair for only $4.

 

Opening Day

Bring a sealed 20 oz. bottle of Dasani water or any other Coca-Cola product to the gate on opening day (Sept. 29) and snag half-price tickets. Donated products benefit the North Texas Food Bank.

 

School Tickets

Chances are your kid(s) will be given a free Fair ticket from whichever North Texas school they attend. Take the opportunity to treat them. Or, save them for another day.

 

Season Passes

Who doesn’t go to the Fair multiple times? For around $40, the season pass will grant you access every single day and includes 100 food/ride tickets. Also, all season passes come with a free bag of Fair goodies. Season passes can also be purchased at Kroger for $34.95.

 

Senior Thursdays

Senior citizens (60 years and better) receive free admission every Thursday during the Fair (Oct. 5, 12 and 19).

 

Thrifty Thursdays

Thrifty Thursdays are back! Special food pricing is available every Thursday during the Fair. Featured items include corny dogs, cotton candy, funnel cakes and more. Download the Thrifty Thursday map here.

 

For more information on this year’s State Fair of Texas, visit BigTex.com.

 

190 – Richardson Office Sponsors Color Fun Run


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Ebby Halliday’s 190 – Richardson Office is proud to be a sponsor of the Second-Annual Habitat for Humanity Color Fun Run/Walk, taking place on Saturday, September 30, at Firewheel Golf Park in Garland.

 

The event will raise funds for new-construction projects in Garland, Rowlett and Sachse and promises fun for the whole family.

 

Catch the fever and come out for a short 1.5-mile fun run (walk, skip, jog, or stroll) as colored powder thrown into the air covers you from head to toe. Don’t worry — the bright, eco-friendly colors are made from food-grade cornstarch with FDA approved colors and wash off skin.

 

Post-race, join the after-party celebration and enjoy food trucks, raffles, and other fun activities, as well as a performance by Ken Savage and the Best Kept Secret.

 

Families and children are encouraged to sign up, and strollers are welcome. Children 5 and under are free with an accompanying paid adult.

 

All proceeds benefit Garland Area Habitat for Humanity. For more information and to register, click here.

 

North Texas Giving Day is Today


Today is North Texas Giving Day

 

Today, September 14, is North Texas Giving Day, a day when we can all come together and rally behind the nonprofits that make our community a better place to live, work and play. Until midnight tonight, you’re encouraged to donate to one or more of the 2,500-plus certified nonprofits showcased at NorthTexasGivingDay.org.

 

In just eight years, North Texas Giving Day has pumped more than $156 million into the North Texas community – over $37 million in 2016 alone. Donations up to $10,000 made today to the nonprofits listed on the site will be amplified by the general bonus funds and prizes.

 

At Ebby Halliday Realtors, service to the community is one of our founding principles. Three charities particularly close to our heart are WiNGS (Women in Need of Generous Support), home of Ebby’s Place, which serves as a place for poor working women to change their lives; Juliette Fowler Communities, site of The Ebby House, a community for young women who have experienced foster care or have been abandoned, displaced or abused; and Happy Hill Farm, a 500-acre farm near Granbury that is home to North Central Texas Academy. The Ebby Halliday Acers Library is located at Happy Hill Farm.

 

Whichever North Texas charity you choose to support, please visit NorthTexasGivingDay.org today to make a difference in our community.

DSO on the GO Visits Denton


DSO on the GO Visits Denton

 

For the third year in a row, Ebby Halliday Realtors is sponsoring the full season of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s DSO on the GO performance series, which brings the world-renowned orchestra to concert halls and churches across North Texas.

 

On Thursday, September 7, at 7:30 p.m., the Dallas Symphony Orchestra visits the Murchison Performing Arts Center at the University of North Texas in Denton, where they will perform Dvorak’s Symphony No. 7 in D Minor, Sibelius’ Violin Concerto in D Minor with violinist Eunice Keem, and Dvorak’s Carnival Overture.

 

General admission tickets are $19, APEX Seniors are $15 when you use code APEX at checkout, and students are $9 when you use code STUDUNT at checkout. For tickets and information, visit mydso.com or call 214-TIX-4DSO.

 

Enjoy the show!

Celebrate Hatch Chile Season


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‘Tis the season for one of the Southwest’s most-anticipated flavors to return to the forefront of kitchens and restaurants alike, and we have to say … we’re pretty excited.
 
That’s right, it’s Hatch chile season.
 
For those of you who are unfamiliar with Hatch chile, they are directly related to Anaheim peppers, but instead are grown in New Mexico’s Hatch Valley. Some are mild, with heat levels similar to Anaheim or poblano peppers, but others can be as hot as their smaller serrano counterparts.
 
"Once a year, the supermarkets are flooded with Hatch Chile Peppers. Once roasted this spicy vegetable makes beautiful soups and stews."
Hatch aficionados believe the New Mexico soil and climate cause these peppers to be more flavorful and spicier than the widely distributed Anaheim peppers. Unlike Anaheim peppers, Hatch chile have one growing season per year and are harvested each August and September.
 
Rows of Chile in a field near Hatch, NM.
These spicy, versatile peppers are essentially treated like their own food group in Texas, and what better way to celebrate their existence than an entire festival?
 
From August 9 to 22,  Central Market’s 22nd-Annual Hatch Chile Festival will transform each location into a “Land of EnHATCHment,” where you can find an extensive roundup of pre-packaged Hatch products and fresh Hatch fare. This year, the lineup includes Hatch dark chocolate, Hatch popcorn, Hatch beer, and Absinthe & Hatch salami.

Central Market Hatch Chile Dark Chocolate Bar 3 OZ
Photo courtesy of Central Market

 
 

Take a trip to the bakery for items such as cheddar Hatch pepper bread or Hatch sourdough, or visit the deli counter to snag some Hatch tamales, Hatch crab cakes, and Hatch-stuffed chicken breasts.

 
In celebration of the return of the Hatch chile, below are some tips from our friends at Central Market on how to pick, roast and store your chiles.
 
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How to Roast & Store Hatch Chiles
By: Central Market

*We recommend that you wear gloves while working with Hatch Chiles.
 
You can roast chiles either over a grill or in your broiler oven. Be sure to puncture the skin with a fork or knife before roasting to a golden brown on both sides.
 
Oven-roasted chile is as close to flame-roasted as you can get. Preheat your oven to 425°. Place chiles in oven for 15-20 minutes until soft. When roasted, the chile skins will begin to blister. Allow peppers to “sweat” a while before you peel them to use in a recipe.
 
Then peel the skin and serve, or add to your favorite recipe.
 
If you are going to freeze your roasted Hatch peppers, allow to cool completely. We recommend leaving skins on and seeds and veins intact. So much of the pepper flavor is in the skins and seeds, so leaving this on should give you a more flavorful pepper after thawing. Simply slip 4 to 5 whole peppers into a freezer ziplock baggie, squeezing the excess air out as you zip the bag shut. These can be stored in your freezer to use all year long, until the next Hatch season rolls around.
 
It’s easy to peel your roasted Hatch peppers by laying the whole pepper flat on a cutting board. Holding the stem with one hand and running the sharp edge of a knife across the skin will scrape the charred skin right off.
 
Note: Some folks like to skin (and even chop) their peppers prior to freezing. They say that it makes it easier and quicker to add to recipes.
 
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This year, we had the pleasure of visiting Central Market to taste some recipes in which you can utilize these potent peppers.
 
Homemade Iced Tea with Lemons and Mint
 
Hatch Pepper Simple Syrup

Ingredients:
*8 Hatch peppers, chopped with seeds removed
*1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
*1 cup water
 
Directions: In a large saucepan, dissolve 1 cup sugar in 1 cup water over medium heat. When sugar is dissolved, bring to medium-high heat and add Hatch peppers. After 3 to 5 minutes (peppers should be flexible but not soft), remove from heat and steep for 10 to 15 minutes. Strain peppers, reserving liquid as the syrup.
 
Hatch Pepper Sweet Tea
 
Ingredients:
*1/2 liter strong black tea
*1/4 to 1/2 cup Hatch pepper simple syrup
*Juice of two lemons
*1 bunch mint, lightly crushed
*Sugar, to taste
*Iced water
 

Directions: 
In a large pitcher, combine 1/4 cup Hatch simple syrup with tea — stir to mix thoroughly. Add lemon juice and mint, then add iced water to desired strength. Use additional Hatch syrup and sugar to reach desired heat and sweetness. Serve with a garnish of mint and lemon.

BvB Dallas Tackles Alzheimer’s


 BvB Dallas Tackles Alzheimer’s

 

We’re proud to once again sponsor Blondes vs. Brunettes Dallas, a powder-puff football game and fundraiser benefitting Alzheimer’s Disease research and awareness.

 

This year’s game takes place Saturday, Aug. 12, at 7:30 p.m. at the Cotton Bowl at Fair Park. Mary Frances Burleson, president and CEO of Ebby Halliday Realtors, will once again conduct the official coin toss prior to kickoff. Each person who donates $25 receives admission to the game and the after-party.

 

Over the past nine years, BvB Dallas has raised over $3 million for Alzheimer’s research and care in North Texas. For more information and to donate, visit bvbdallas.org.

North Texas Farmers Markets: Local Fare Made Fun


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Summer is in full swing, and so are local farmers markets. Whether you’re looking for fresh and locally grown produce, sweet treats, or family fun, these North Texas farmers markets offer it all.
 
Before you go, be sure to take a look at our guide on how to select the perfect produce.
 
Athens
 
Athens Farmers Market
212 N. Palestine
Saturdays: May-October, 8 a.m. to noon, November-April, 8 a.m. to noon (first Saturdays each month only)
Highlights: Breads, peppers, handmade soap, eggs
 
Coppell
 
Coppell Farmers Market
768 W. Main Street
Saturdays: 8 a.m. to noon
Year-round
Highlights: A playground, Wackym’s kitchen cookies, mushrooms, pecans
 
Dallas
 
Dallas Farmers Market
1010 S. Pearl Expressway
Monday-Sunday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Year-round
Highlights: The Market – a fully renovated indoor space featuring local merchants, artisanal food vendors and restaurants
 
Uptown Dallas Farmers Market
500 Crescent Court
First Saturday of every month, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
March-December
Highlights: Caramel, mojito mix, protein bars, German mustard
 
White Rock Local Market
9150 Garland Road
Saturdays: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
March-December
Highlights: Wine samples, jams, butters, local craft artists
 
Homemade rhubarb and strawberry jam at a farmer's market.
 
Farmers Branch
 
Farmers Branch Market
12700 Denton Drive
April-October
Saturdays: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Highlights: Live music, homemade soaps, food trucks
 
Fort Worth
 
Cowtown Farmers Market
3821 Southwest Blvd.
Saturdays: 8 a.m. to noon
Year-round
Highlights: Fiddle-and-guitar jam sessions, dairy, pastured chicken
 
Frisco
 
Frisco Rotary Farmers Market
8821 4th Street between Main & Elm
Saturdays: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
May-October
Highlights: Sweet dessert tamales, essential oils, jerky
 
Grand Prairie
 
Grand Prairie Farmer’s Market
120 W. Main Street
Saturdays: 8 a.m. to noon
March-December
Highlights: Crafts, candles, figs, fudge
 
"Pile of colorful summer fruits - apricots, nectarines, peaches, plums and red velvet apricots."
 
Grapevine
 
Grapevine Farmers Market
325 S. Main Street
Thursdays-Saturdays: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
April-October
Highlights: Olive oils, a variety of cheeses, local honey
 
Highland Village

Highland Village Town Center Parking Lot – FM 407 and Highland Village Road
Sundays: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Year-round
Highlights: Texas-raised meats, eggs, tamales
 
Irving

Four Seasons Market – Irving Arts Center
3333 N. MacArthur Blvd.
Saturdays: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Year-round
Highlights: Seasonings, leather goods, tea
 
Lewisville
 
Old Town Lewisville Farmers Market
150 W. Church St. between Main and Church Streets
Saturdays: 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
May-October (excluding September 26)
Highlights: Herbs, preserves, breads

McKinney
 
Chestnut Square
315 S. Chestnut Street
Saturdays: 8 a.m. to noon
April to October
Highlights: Goat milk soap, free-range chicken, artisan demonstrations
 
Adriatica
6851 Virginia Parkway
Thursdays: 3 to 6 p.m.
May-October
Highlights: Farm-to-table dinners, jerky, pastries
 
Plano

Downtown Plano Farmer’s Market
1520 K Ave. #300
Sundays: June-September, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. October-May, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Highlights: Farm-fresh eggs, flowers, salsas
 
Richardson/Fairview
 
Four Seasons Market
677 W. Campbell Road
Sundays: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (summer hours)
Year-round
Highlights: European-style market that mimics the popular village markets throughout Europe

Rockwall

 
Rockwall Farmers Market
101 Rusk Street
Saturdays: 8 a.m. to noon
May-September
Highlights: Seafood, handmade pasta, tamales
 
Sherman
 
Sherman Farmers Market
Corner of Houston & Crockett streets, 9 a.m. to noon
903 Brewers, 1 to 4 p.m.
Saturdays
May-October
Highlights: Pasture-raised meats, pickles, salsas

 

Golf Tournament Benefits Texas Scottish Rite Hospital


Golf Tournament Benefits Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Frisco

 

Ebby’s Frisco Office invites you to participate in its 9th-Annual Charity Golf Tournament at Stonebriar Country Club on Monday, September 18. One-hundred percent of the proceeds from the event will benefit Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Frisco. Recognizing the growing need, Texas Scottish Rite is building a new ambulatory care center in Frisco, at the corner of Lebanon Road and the Dallas North Tollway.

 

“Ebby Frisco is proud to partner with Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, which cares for children with orthopedic conditions, as well as certain related neurological and learning disorders, regardless of the family’s ability to pay,” says Kristi Davis, sales manager of Ebby’s Frisco Office.

 

Sponsorship of Ebby’s 9th-Annual Ebby Frisco Charity Golf Tournament offers a great experience for players while also providing the opportunity to advertise their company, says Davis. Most importantly, all support from this tax-deductible event will be directly donated to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Frisco.

 

“Participants in the tournament will enjoy an exceptional golfing event,” says Davis. “There will be raffles, food, drinks and prizes – all in a fantastic environment that will be enjoyable for all.”

 

“Even if you don’t golf, you’re invited to come to the awards dinner, as well as the live and silent auctions at Stonebriar Country Club,” says Davis. “It’s sure to be a fun time benefiting a great cause, and is only $35. You may also attend the silent auction only for a $10 donation.”

 

 

Fourth of July Fun


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The Fourth of July is almost here, and no matter where in North Texas you’re planning to be for Independence Day, there’s a way to celebrate. From Addison to Waxahachie, there is no shortage of events where you can toast our nation’s birth. See them all below:

 

Addison Kaboom Town: July 3

Arlington 4th of July Parade and Celebrations: July 4

Bedford Independence Day Celebrations: July 4

Burleson Independence Day Parade and Fireworks: July 4

Celebrate Coppell – Party in the Park: July 1

Cleburne 4th of July Celebration: July 4

Dallas Fair Park Fourth: July 4

Denison Fourth of July Fireworks: July 4

DeSoto Old Fashioned Fourth Fireworks Celebration: July 1

Farmers Branch Independence Day Celebration: July 3

Flower Mound Independence Fest: July 4

Fort Worth 4th of July Celebration: July 4

Frisco Freedom Fest: July 4

Grand Prairie Lone Stars & Stripes Fireworks: July 3 & 4

Granbury’s Old-Fashioned 4th of July: July 1-4

Grapevine Lake July 4 Fireworks Extravaganza: July 4

Heath’s Annual Independence Day Celebration: July 4

Highland Park 4th of July Parade: July 4

Irving’s ‘A Star-Spangled Celebration‘: July 4

Lake Highlands Parade and Carnival: July 4

Lewisville Red, White and Lewisville Fireworks and Parade: July 4

Little Elm July Jubilee: July 4

Mansfield Red, White & Rockin’ Kids Triathalon: July 2

McKinney Red, White and Boom: July 4

Midlothian’s Independence Day Celebration: July 3

Plano’s July Fourth Fireworks: July 4

Pottsboro Fireworks: July 4

Richardson’s Family Fourth of July: July 4

Rockwall Fourth of July Parade & Fireworks: July 4

Royse City 4th Fest and Fireworks: June 30

Rowlett Fireworks on Main Street: July 4

Sherman Lights on the Lake: July 3

Southlake Stars & Stripes Celebration: July 3

Waxahachie Crape Myrtle Festival & Parade: July 3-4

DSO Coming to Oak Cliff June 16


DSO Coming to Oak Cliff June 16

 

For the third year in a row, Ebby Halliday Realtors is sponsoring the full season of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s DSO on the GO performance series, which brings the world-renowned orchestra to concert halls and churches across North Texas.

 

On Friday, June 16, at 7:30 p.m., the DSO will perform a diverse classical program including Mendelssohn’s “Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Ravel’s “Introduction and Allegro for Harp and Orchestra” and Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 2 in D Major.” The performance takes place at Cliff Temple Baptist Church, 125 Sunset Ave., in Dallas.

 

General admission tickets are $19 and student tickets are $9 when you use promo code OBERON at checkout. For tickets and information, visit mydso.com or call 214-TIX-4DSO. Enjoy the show!