State Fair of Texas

Nobody throws a party like Texas, and the State Fair of Texas is proof.  This month-long festival happens every September-October and has been going strong since 1886.  There’s just so much to love about the event that it’s hard to summarize, but I’ll try. To download this episode or purchase it on DVD – CLICK HERE.

First off, the fair happens within Fair Park which is a designated National Historic Landmark full of amazing art deco architecture and packed with halls and museums that are full of art, history, and food.  Towering over it all is the big guy himself – BIG TEX.  You could probably spend a week at the fair and barely make it through all the exhibits.

You want food, the State Fair of Texas is known as the “Fried Food Capital of Texas” and they certainly deserve the title.  Fair vendors are on the frontier of fried food and pioneered delicacies such as the Corny Dog, Fried Butter, Fried Thanksgiving Dinner, Fried Beer…the list goes on and on and on.  Check out this year’s winners HERE.  Of course if you aren’t looking for a deep-fried coma, they have all the other classics like turkey legs, cotton candy, and much more.

Finally, you want excitement, there’s plenty of it here.  You can tour the livestock area and see the blue-ribbon steers and goats.  You can watch the nightly ostrich races, tour the auto show and see the cars of the future, ride the rides of Midway including the 212-foot high Texas Star Ferris Wheel, win a stuffed animal on the games, and even see the the amazing homemade items that took home a creative arts prize.

This is just a small sampling of the fun at the State Fair of Texas.  There’s a Texas-sized adventure waiting within the gates.  So go get it!