It’s a tradition for us to pack up and head to Dallas for the Texas State Fair. If you haven’t been, you are missing out! The fair is held for about a month at Fair Park. Most people associate this event with fried food. That assumption would be completely correct. Here you can try fried deliciousness such as Fried Twinkies, Fried Pizza, and Fried Beer. Pretty much whatever your imagination can think of, it’s probably been done. This place is like Willie Wonka and his Fried Factory. Every year there is a food contest with categories such as “Most Creative” and “Best Taste”. The common thread is FRIED. We really enjoying seeking out the new entries in the fair and doing our own judging. This year, we were especially excited to sample “Fried Thanksgiving Dinner” and “Awesome Deep Fried Nutella”.
If fried food isn’t up your alley, there are plenty of other things for your family to enjoy. A fair would not be complete without the fun rides and carnival games. Many can’t resist the opportunity to win an oversized stuffed animal and it’s fun to see proud kids with their prizes. There are many livestock competitions and you are able to walk among the pens and see/pet these magnificent animals. My personal favorites are always the sheep and goats. If you prefer to see animals more active, the dog show and ostrich races are always a crowd pleaser.
When we are in need of a break from the Texas heat, we head indoors to view the car and garden show. This year, we stumbled upon the costumes used for Superman since
Christopher Reeve in the car area. I love the randomness that’s at the Texas State Fair.
Like I said earlier, our annual State Fair trip is a tradition filled with many other mini rituals. We always go during the Red River Rivalry game (UT vs. OU) and sport our burnt orange clothes. It’s fun seeing the fair filled with crimson and burnt orange. You can always tell who is losing during the game because the
fans leave early and the fair is filled with the losing color. We always take our group pics in front of the famous, Big Tex. This year he was back better than ever sporting those infamous Dickies after last year’s fire.
It’s nearly impossible to get to see and do everything at the Texas State Fair in one day but it’s fun to keep returning to try.
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