the steps toward the main entrance, visitors looking to the right
will notice a smaller entryway that leads to a restaurant called
The Dock. The eatery serves the standard cuisine during the fair,
but offers plenty of insight into the fair's past. There are photos
and illustrations of various attractions from days gone by, accompanied
by sites which have withstood the test of time. One area showcases
pictures of diners visiting for the Red River Showdown. There are
also some historic relics displayed on the walls.
The main area of the building serves as a place for merchants to
sell their products at the state fair. Outside of the annual event,
the 27,000 square feet of space remains empty and unused. The oldest
feature is an exhibit space owned by the Gebhardt Chili Company.
Made for the exposition, it has wooden beams forming the ceiling,
green walls for the sides, an armoire and front counter constructed
from pecan, and a back counter made out of Mexican tiles.
Good Fulton & Farrell planned and supervised renovations for the
Embarcadero to preserve its deteriorating structure. Although the
company was contacted for the job in 2000, actual construction did
not start until 2003 because there was a lack of revenue. The project
came to a close in 2005.
December 12, 2016
© Clint Skinner