Final Flight at the State Fair of Texas

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The Birds of the World The Birds of the World Show is held every day during the fair at 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.

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One of the staples of the State Fair of Texas is in its final run — or flight.

For 25 years, the Birds of the World Show has had fair-goers ducking for cover as birds soared over their heads in the Fair Park Band Shell.

But the show, which has been produced and hosted by Steve Martin of Winter Haven, Fla., will depart for good when the State Fair ends on Oct. 20.

Martin said his other shows around the country at the Dallas Zoo, Kansas City Zoo, San Diego Zoo and Disney’s Animal Kingdom have all become year-round events, meaning there simply aren’t enough birds to go around. Martin also is a behaviour consultant for zoos around the world and has plans to write a book.

“It was a big decision on my part that was also associated with my growing consulting business,” Martin said. “... But, I'll miss this show more than anyone can know.”

- Bill Hanna

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