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.