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State Fair Instagram contest: 2013 edition: closed for submissions

State Fair of Texas

The fair opens Friday and runs through Oct. 20 in Fair Park. General admission is $14.95 in advance, $17 at the gate. www.bigtex.com.

Posted 11:52am on Tuesday, Oct. 01, 2013

UPDATE: The entry period is now closed.

Deep-fried corn dog. (Snap!) Big Tex. (Snap!) Neon Ferris wheel. (Snap!) Sweet-faced nanny goat. (Snap!) There’s just something about the State Fair of Texas — OK, many things — that make it a Shangri-la for Instagrammers.

We learned that last year during our first State Fair of Texas Instagram contest, so of course we want to see what you come up with this year. So snap away, and then enter to win.

Our favorites will not only appear in a slideshow online, but the top picks will win prizes (details below).

Here’s how to enter:

1. Get out your smartphone and follow us on Instagram; our handle is @dfw_com. IMPORTANT: You must be a follower to be eligible.

2. Take your best State Fair photos. Fried food, carnival rides, cotton candy, goats, piglets, ginormous turkey legs — anything you want. It can be funny, creative, artful or simple. And we know we’ll be getting lots of snaps of the risen-from-the-ashes Big Tex, and that’s fine — but we’ll definitely be looking for a variety of subjects. For ideas, take a look at last year’s slideshow at DFW.com.

3. Once you’ve taken your ultimate fair photo, tag it so we can find it: #DFWgram.

We’ll choose a grand-prize winner, runners-up and honorable mentions; all entries have a chance to make it into our contest slideshow.

What you could win: The grand-prize is a package worth $100 in gift cards and certificates from several of Fort Worth’s West 7th merchants ( Bar Louie, Toni & Guy, Lucky Strike, Sweet Sammies and Einstein Bros Bagels); there will be runner-up goodies as well. Prizes are courtesy of West 7th.

Deadline: You must take and tag your Instagram photos by noon Monday, Oct. 7. Winners will be notified. McClatchy employees and their families are not eligible to win.

Check out our story on a local group of DFW Instagrammers who met through the app, and forged a flesh-and-blood community of friends. Plus: New to Instagram? Check out these tips from Nick Dean, our social media editor.

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