Photos: After dark at the 2022 State Fair of Texas

Neon Big Tex points toward youngsters on a ride on the midway on opening night at the State...
Neon Big Tex points toward youngsters on a ride on the midway on opening night at the State Fair of Texas on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, in Dallas.(Smiley N. Pool / Staff Photographer)
A youngster wears a lighted mask on opening day at the State Fair of Texas on Friday, Sept....
A youngster wears a lighted mask on opening day at the State Fair of Texas on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, in Dallas.(Smiley N. Pool / Staff Photographer)
A waxing crescent moon sets behind a ferris wheel on opening day at the State Fair of Texas...
A waxing crescent moon sets behind a ferris wheel on opening day at the State Fair of Texas on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, in Dallas.(Smiley N. Pool / Staff Photographer)
Sergio Pina kisses Jamie Pardo in front of the appropriately named Love Bugs ride on the...
Sergio Pina kisses Jamie Pardo in front of the appropriately named Love Bugs ride on the midway on opening night at the State Fair of Texas on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, in Dallas.(Smiley N. Pool / Staff Photographer)
Fairgoers ride the Pirate on the midway on opening night at the State Fair of Texas on...
Fairgoers ride the Pirate on the midway on opening night at the State Fair of Texas on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, in Dallas.(Smiley N. Pool / Staff Photographer)
A man carries a giant stuffed corny dog as he watches the spinning Zero Gravity ride on the...
A man carries a giant stuffed corny dog as he watches the spinning Zero Gravity ride on the midway in a time exposure photograph on opening night at the State Fair of Texas on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, in Dallas.(Smiley N. Pool / Staff Photographer)
The Texas Star is seen behind the size 96 Lucchese boots of Big Tex on opening night at the...
The Texas Star is seen behind the size 96 Lucchese boots of Big Tex on opening night at the State Fair of Texas on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, in Dallas.(Smiley N. Pool / Staff Photographer)
Davia Maldonado of Fort Worth plays in soap bubbles with her daughter Malon, 3, in a...
Davia Maldonado of Fort Worth plays in soap bubbles with her daughter Malon, 3, in a funhouse on the midway on opening night at the State Fair of Texas on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, in Dallas.(Smiley N. Pool / Staff Photographer)
Big Tex watches over opening night at the State Fair of Texas on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, in...
Big Tex watches over opening night at the State Fair of Texas on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, in Dallas.(Smiley N. Pool / Staff Photographer)
Fairgoers spin through the night sky on opening night at the State Fair of Texas on Friday,...
Fairgoers spin through the night sky on opening night at the State Fair of Texas on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, in Dallas.(Smiley N. Pool / Staff Photographer)
Fairgoers pause for a selfie near the Chevrolet Main Stage  on opening day at the State Fair...
Fairgoers pause for a selfie near the Chevrolet Main Stage on opening day at the State Fair of Texas on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, in Dallas.(Smiley N. Pool / Staff Photographer)
Fireworks explode during the Mattress Firm Illumination Sensation on opening day at the...
Fireworks explode during the Mattress Firm Illumination Sensation on opening day at the State Fair of Texas on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, in Dallas.(Smiley N. Pool / Staff Photographer)
Dancers perform during the Mattress Firm Illumination Sensation on opening day at the State...
Dancers perform during the Mattress Firm Illumination Sensation on opening day at the State Fair of Texas on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, in Dallas.(Smiley N. Pool / Staff Photographer)
Fairgoers watch the Mattress Firm Illumination Sensation on opening day at the State Fair of...
Fairgoers watch the Mattress Firm Illumination Sensation on opening day at the State Fair of Texas on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, in Dallas.(Smiley N. Pool / Staff Photographer)
Fireworks explode during the Mattress Firm Illumination Sensation on opening day at the...
Fireworks explode during the Mattress Firm Illumination Sensation on opening day at the State Fair of Texas on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, in Dallas.(Smiley N. Pool / Staff Photographer)
Fairgoers spin on a midway ride on opening night at the State Fair of Texas on Friday, Sept....
Fairgoers spin on a midway ride on opening night at the State Fair of Texas on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, in Dallas.(Smiley N. Pool / Staff Photographer)
Cars on the Texas Skyway are seen over the spinning Zero Gravity ride on the midway in a...
Cars on the Texas Skyway are seen over the spinning Zero Gravity ride on the midway in a time exposure photograph on opening night at the State Fair of Texas on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, in Dallas.(Smiley N. Pool / Staff Photographer)
A car on the Texas Skyway passes the Texas Star ferris wheel on the midway on opening night...
A car on the Texas Skyway passes the Texas Star ferris wheel on the midway on opening night at the State Fair of Texas on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, in Dallas.(Smiley N. Pool / Staff Photographer)
Fairgoers rest on a picnic table while covered in plush toys won on the midway on opening...
Fairgoers rest on a picnic table while covered in plush toys won on the midway on opening night at the State Fair of Texas on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, in Dallas.(Smiley N. Pool / Staff Photographer)
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