We came. We saw. We ate our way through the Fair.
The State Fair of Texas is tremendously huge. It spans 277 acres and we spent five hours going from one end to the other. We used to attend the smaller South Texas State Fair when we lived in east Texas. In many ways I liked it better. It was smaller, but that made it intimate and friendly.
The State Fair of Texas is a massive complex of checks and balances to make sure everyone stays safe and has a good time. There is a lot of police presence. There was a sunscreen station that gave you squirts of sunscreen and plenty of waterless hand sanitizer stations for when you finish petting the animals. There are entire buildings set aside for lost kids, baby care, and first aid.
There’s a car show in Dallas every year, but you can see the new rides here too. They were awfully pretty! Greg kept sitting in all these different cars and trucks to see how they felt. I tried a few too. Very tempting.
There’s a building set aside for arts and crafts. Although they have their own building, it seems like a token tribute, a nod to how fairs used to be in the old days.
Nowadays, it’s the vendors who get center stage and they hawk their wares as loudly as carnies hawk their games. They tried to sell us everything from mattresses, to hot tubs, to insoles.
We don’t do rides anymore. Most rides give me whiplash, so I gave it up. I’d rather walk around and see the animals anyway.
The most impressive animals are definitely the Budweiser Clydesdales. I barely come up to their thighs. It’s hard to imagine such a gigantic beast unless you see them in the flesh. Pictures don’t do them justice. This year they were in their own private stalls. The last time I saw them they had a community stall. They’re put into harness and driven once a day, but we missed that. Darn!
There’s also Big Tex, the Fair’s mascot. He talks and moves his head and arms, welcoming visitors all day long and making announcements. Big Tex is 55 feet tall and weighs 25,000 pounds. He’s pretty awesome to see in real life, but a little creepy looking in my opinion. People love him out of sense of nostalgia.
I think the only reason Greg agrees to go to the fair is for the food. I’m not a fair food connoisseur like Greg. I’m happy with corn on the cob, though this year they had a fantastic Greek salad. It was delicious! Greg went for the giant turkey leg.
Prices were astronomical for everything: parking, entrance, food, and rides. Luckily a friend gave us free tickets to enter the fair grounds. I don’t see how families can afford to go. You could easily spend a couple of hundred dollars for food and rides.
We were worn out by the end, but it was a good time. Once a year it’s good to walk around, eat Fair food, and look at animals I don’t have to feed, and pens I don’t have to clean.
If you’ve been to a fair, what was yours like? I’ve only ever been to the ones in Texas. Someday I’d like to try others.
You can click on each thumbnail for a larger view. Some of the shots are a little overexposed because of the time of day, but I did the best I could. Unfortunately, I wasn’t fast enough to take a picture of Greg’s turkey leg. By the time I thought of it, he’d already finished! Never get between a man and his turkey leg.