The State Fair of Texas

by Marc on November 2, 2009

Every autumn, Dallas plays host to the State Fair of Texas, a 3 1/2-week celebration of Texas culture that we’ve seldom managed to visit in the past. But since it’s just a 10-minute train ride from our new home, the girls and I couldn’t resist making a field trip out of it this year.


Visitors are greeted by Big Tex – the creepiest animatronic giant mannequin on the planet.


The fair celebrates all things dear to us Texans – livestock,


midway games & carnival rides:



and most importantly, FOOD:


especially food of the chicken-fried variety:


You see, here in Texas, we believe there isn’t a food on earth that couldn’t be improved by being dipped in batter and plunged into hot grease until golden brown.


Every year, the state’s greatest chefs work very hard to transform your favorite foods (and drinks) into deep-fried delicacies:


This year’s headliner was deep-fried butter – available in 5 flavors (cinnamon sugar was a late addition not on the menu).

We opted to try the garlic flavor:




nothing like lubricating the ol’ arteries on a nice autumn day, is there?


Don’t worry, they also have some healthy choices – well, not really.

But paramedics are standing by!


They’ve also got concerts, animal & car shows, college football games – all kinds of wacky fun! So, if you’re ever near Dallas in late September or early October, it’s definitely worth checking out.

More photos of this year’s State Fair of Texas are on our Flickr page.


November 2, 2009 Mary Beth Haley

Did you eat a Fletcher’s corny dog? That one of the first things I do when I get to the Fair!

November 4, 2009 Nomadic Matt

That food may be a heart attack waiting to happen but friend chicken bacon sounds good…

November 12, 2009 Pat Hoffmeiser

Next year if you go, let me know. I’ve never been and I’ve lived in Texas over 40 years.

April 11, 2010 Texasholly

The fried butter was my favorite…although after eating a sampling of fried food there I haven’t been able to look at a french fry since.

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