Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Big Tex

The State Fair of Texas is the biggest state fair in the United States with an average of 3 million visitors each year and this year, we were among those 3 million. Southwest had an installation there where fairgoers could test out the course from their latest commercial campaign. So as a result, Scott and I spent 2 days at the fair - once where it was just us, and then another where Scott was working and I was exploring what the fair had to offer.

Us and "Big Tex" - the Texas State Fair Mascot
Of course there was a wide range of fried food and we samples a few delicacies. All of the food vendors compete every year to have the best tasting and most creative foods. The best tasting this year was Fried Jambalaya and the most creative went to the Fried Bacon Cinnamon Roll (weird sounding, I know but Scott said it was pretty good).

Scott and his "Cup of Trash" / Me sampling some fried oreos. 
The Texas State Fair is where you can try deep fried butter, fried corn on the cob, fried red velvet cupcakes, fried cookie dough, chocolate coated bacon, fried lemonade, fried PB & J and Banana sandwich, and fried bubblegum. Oh there was so much food. You can even get a pickle juice popsicle!

While Scott was working, I went to every free show I could manage - dog jump shows, sheep contests, birds of the world, creepy puppet shows. I milked that state fair for all of the free attractions it had to offer! Yeah it would have been fun to ride some rides or play some games, but not when it costs $7 just to go on the Farris Wheel.

In the Children's Barnyard, they had baby goats, a teenage giraffe, alpacas, and even a zeedonk - a zeebra-donkey mix. The baby chicks and ducklings - Adorable!

The exhibit halls showed the talent and hobbies of local texas. One display showcased a sculpture honoring the Girl Scout program using 1,000 pounds of butter!

At the end of the day, both of our feet were exhausted that we spent the last half hour at the fair testing out the glorious massage chairs from Furniture Firm. Scott and I agreed that the $5,000 chair was the best and if we had the money laying around we may be tempted to buy a luxury massage system.

Scott really enjoyed the massage chair. It took a lot of convincing to get him out of it.
It was a totally fun experience and a good chance to see what Texas has to offer. If we stay in Texas, I'd totally go to the fair again next fall. Especially to see what foods on the best taste and most creative awards! Maybe there will be fried salads - wouldn't that be an interesting sight to see!

1 comment:

  1. Austin would LOVE the deep fried butter. If you're there, we'll come with you next year!