The Lone Star State’s Dream Destination for Auto & Truck Lovers… And It Only Happens Once a Year

The State Fair of Texas rolls around once a year, and this year, the massive event kicks off on Friday, September 30 in Dallas and runs through October 23. During the state fair, automakers with a full-size truck line often reveal a new model, introduce an entirely new truck, or present a special edition truck with a Lone Star state theme. While the technicians at Aardvark Automotive specialize in high-end import car repair, we are still Texans, and can’t help but get excited about the trucks featured at the state fair.


Automakers bring their trucks to Texas because Texans buy more trucks than any other state in the country, as both work trucks and luxury vehicles. (Have you ever heard the term “Texas Cadillac”?) Which means even if you drive a Mercedes or Audi in Amarillo, we wouldn’t be surprised if you have some variety of pickup in your driveway as well. Plus, the State Fair of Texas is so big it hosts its own auto show, so what better place to introduce new trucks? But now you may be wondering, what other types of vehicles will be at the auto show?


The Largest New Car Show in the Southwest

In fact, the State Fair of Texas Auto Show is the largest new car show in the Southwest, generally showcasing around 400 of the latest models from the world’s leading automobile manufacturers. Not only are the hottest new rides on display, there are also fun auto-related activities and live entertainment for the entire family. Everything’s bigger in Texas, and that includes the state fair and the auto show. In addition to an indoor setup spanning two buildings, 175,000 square feet of outdoor space, called the “Truck Zone” is devoted to the aforementioned truck exhibit.

Comprehensive Service for the Best Cars & Trucks on the Road Today!

Whether you drive a feat of German engineering or a Texas Cadillac (or both!), the mechanics at Aardvark Automotive can handle the repairs and maintenance you need for your vehicle. We can also answer any questions you have about purchasing a new car or truck. Give us a call today or contact us online to make an appointment!

Fall and Halloween activities around Amarillo + safety tips!, part 1

Halloween in Amarillo requires careful driving.

Halloween in Amarillo requires careful driving.

Hair-raising. Ghoulish. Festive. Fun. No matter what adjectives you associate with your favorite Halloween activity, Amarillo has enough going on this season to keep you entertained until the holiday lights go up.

Love traditional celebrations with the kids? Then pumpkin picking and hayrides at Maxwell’s Pumpkin Farm or Amazingly Fun Farm will indulge you with some Halloween nostalgia. The Amazingly Fun Farm even has a 9-acre cornfield maze and a giant hay slide!

For teens, there’s nothing quite like a good scare. Amarillo Scaregrounds and Chainsaw Massacre run throughout October, while proceeds from Mayhem Z haunted house go towards the Amarillo Activity Youth Center, an organization that fosters good citizenship in the youth of Amarillo.

And if you’re an adult with a “been there, done that” attitude towards the above, there’s no shortage of mature activities that are creepy without being kooky.

At Don Harrington Discovery Center’s Mad Scientist Ball, a monstrous dance party, you’ll dress up in a lab coat and dine on gourmet food by a local chef (okay, this one may be a little kooky). Proceeds benefit Discovery Center programs. Over at the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, Llano Cemetery Tour by Twilight offers trolley tours of the grounds that explain the stories of the dead – and how they shaped this area in their mortal lives. Totally spooky, and children under 3 are free!

No matter where you find yourself on (or around) Halloween, we hope you drive safely and have fun!

Amarillo Fall/Halloween Calendar of Events

September 28

o Amazingly Fun Farm: 5 to 10 p.m. Fridays, 1 to 10 p.m. Saturdays and 1 to 6 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 27, plus 1 to 10 p.m. Oct. 13, 5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 23 and 5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 30. Admission charge. Loop 335 and South Whitaker Road. 806-376-6293 or

o Maxwell’s Pumpkin Farm: 5 to 9 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays and 1 to 6 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 27. 12908 S. Bell St. Admission $10. 806-373-9600 or

October 4

o Mayhem Z haunted house: 7 p.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 26. Amarillo Activity Youth Center, 816 S. Van Buren St. Admission charge. 806-373-2292 or

o Amarillo Scaregrounds: 7 p.m. Oct. 4, 5, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 25, 26, 27 and 31. 2736 W. 10th Ave. Admission $35 for one admission to each attraction or $50 for unlimited admission per night to most attractions; other costs vary. 806-374-2868 or

o Chainsaw Massacre: 7 p.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 26, 7 to 10 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 27 and 7 p.m. to midnight Oct. 31. 12851 Interstate 27. or

Oct 12

o Don Harrington Discovery Center’s Mad Scientist Ball: 7 p.m. to midnight. 1200 Streit Drive. 806-355-9547.,cntnt01,detail,0&cntnt01articleid=102&cntnt01origid=51&cntnt01detailtemplate=DHDC-detail&cntnt01returnid=59

Oct 19

o Canadian Fall Foliage Tour: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Continues 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 20. Various locations in Canadian. 806-323-6234 or

o Llano Cemetery Tour by Twilight: 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. 34th Avenue and Arthur Street. Admission $5; children 3 and younger are free. 806-376-4538.

Oct 26

o Don Harrington Discovery Center’s Monster Bash: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Admission $5 for children; chaperones free. 1200 Streit Drive. 806-355-9547.

Oct 27

o Amarillo Youth Choirs’ fall concert: 3 p.m. Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets $10 adults, $5 children ages 8 and younger. 806-372-1100.

Check out part 2 in a few days, with our Halloween driving safety tips!