In 1946 the Texas State Fair reopened, or as they called it then the “Victory Fair.” The fair was closed from 1942 to 1945 due to World War II, and the shortages of rubber affected the transportation of exhibitions. In the September 29, 1945 Billboard Magazine, they announced the Victory Fair, and that it was planning a $700,000 improvement program,  approved by the State Fair Association directors. They also planned on replacing the automobile building which had been destroyed by a fire in 1941, with a “modern exhibit building.” When the fair reopened in 1946 one of the sideshows included a man, “Scotty Scott,” who was buried alive in a casket 6 feet underground; for the length of the State Fair, 5 ½ months.

From the Fannie Schwartz Collection