What a fun day!
A fun, food-filled day!
This jaunt was my very first trip to the Texas State Fair. Ever.
I know, it’s about time.
So let’s go step by step through my Texas State Fair experience, shall we?
I entered the park and was immediately greeted by the newly rebuilt Big Tex. Who talks. It took me by surprise and really freaked me out. So now you’ve been warned.
To buy anything in the fair, you need to use tickets (pictured above). Each ticket is worth the equivalent of $0.50. There are twenty tickets per sheet.
I would suggest getting four to six sheets per person. I went through four, most of my friends went through six or seven sheets.
It really depends on how much you want to eat, I suppose!
All around Big Tex, there’s a plethora of fried deliciousness. Fried Oreos, fried butter, fried beer, fried snickers, fried PB&J, fried chocolate chip cookies… the list goes on and on. Oh, and there are some non-fried options as well.
I, for one, immediately found a corndog to consume.
Let’s call that breakfast.
Next, I headed into the autoshow. Because, why not?
So. Many. Cars.
If you are beginning a search for a new car (or even thinking about beginning a search for a new car), make sure that you don’t miss the autoshow. If, however, you are not planning on finding a new ride sometime soon, I wouldn’t recommend going into the autoshow unless you are simply planning on killing time. It’d be one thing if the autoshow included – let’s just say – flying cars for instance. But it doesn’t. So I’ll pass.
You know what made the autoshow worth it though? Fried. Thanksgiving. Dinner.
Not nearly as disgusting as it sounds. My friend lovingly described this year’s state fair most inventive winner as “thanksgiving hush puppies”. I described them as falafel filled with turkey stuffing. Either way you choose to describe it, it was surprisingly delicious. The gravy and the cranberry dipping sauces really finished it off. Seriously, you shouldn’t pass it up.
Let’s call that lunch.
While I was chowing down on my fried Thanksgiving dinner, my friend decided to consume a cheeseburger. With bacon on it. That had two Krispy Kreme doughnuts as the buns.
Not even a little bit joking.
It was at once the most disgusting and the most impressive thing I’d ever seen in my life. If I recall correctly, this dish was called the Krispy Kreme Hamburger. Keep an eye out for that one.
Oh, and in case you were wondering, he downed it in less time than it took me to eat half of my fried Thanksgiving dinner (which, by the way, is all I ate. That dish was filling!).
Later on in the day, I had the opportunity to gnaw on a turkey leg for a bit. I felt like a caveman. It was awesome.
We can call my bites of that (along with my bites of the red velvet funnel cake which I shared with my friends) lunch part deux. Or perhaps afternoon snack? Up to you really.
Next on the agenda was Midway. Carnival rides and activities galore. In order to participate in the games in Midway, you must have a game card. You can purchase that card in Midway at any number of kiosks, so don’t stress out too much about obtaining one.
Unfortunately, I didn’t win a giant minion from Despicable Me (pretty much all I dreamed about all day). But I did get to go on a few fun rides!
Yeah… no. That wasn’t one of them.
This here human who happens to be absolutely terrified of heights and high speeds was not about to go on something that flipped me upside down in the air. No thank you.
All of the rides that I did go on were fun though! And I heard that the Gravitron and the Storm were particularly fun – for those of you who enjoy the higher speeds.
My friends and I ended the day with a few drinks in the beer garden (we failed to make it to the pig races… twice). The perfect end to the perfect day!
Have you ever been to the Texas State Fair? What was your can’t-miss-this food or activity?