Showin’ Trucks At The Fair

USA Today explains Texans’ fascination with pickup trucks. It’s a cultural thing. That’s the explanation. Some facts to support this argument: More than 27% of vehicles registered in Texas are pickups, compared with 20% for the rest of the nation.
The article goes on to explain that the State Fair of Texas, an event attended by more than 3 million people, is ground zero in the pickup wars.

This year, for the first time, GM held the world debut of a vehicle at a state fair, showing off the heavy-duty versions of the Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups. Ford unveiled its super-duty pickup in a flashy display that involved hoisting an F-350 carrying Mark Fields, the automaker’s president of the Americas, 75 feet in the air with a crane and then softly depositing him in front of a crowd of journalists, Ford dealers and pickup owners.
“This is ground zero for the pickup market,” Fields said.

Country star Toby Keith, who doubles as Ford’s spokesman, says buying a truck is an act of patriotism. “It’s our country. Anything that will help the progress of our country, you should do it. Anything you can.”
If we’re to believe Keith “the cultural thing” goes far beyond the Texas line.

About David Burn

Co-founder and editor of AdPulp. I wrote my first ad for a political candidate when I was 17 years old. She won her race and I felt the seductive power of advertising for the first time. I worked for seven agencies in five states before launching my own practice in 2009. Today, I am head of brand strategy and creative at Bonehook in Portland, Oregon.


  1. There’s American patriotism and then there’s Texas patriotism. i.e. A Texan goes overseas for vacation and gets asked, “Where are you from?” They usually answer Texas not America.

  2. Tell the big city advertising boys if they are going to play in Texas and advertise trucks they could at least put boots on the two city dudes in the picture. These two prety boys don’t hold up the image.

  3. You’re so right, Roy. And those jeans don’t look like Wranglers either.