With the old saying, everything is bigger in Texas in mind I tried to do the State Fair of Texas in an afternoon.    First let me say this is easily the biggest fair I have ever been to.   Second, this was the most crowded fair I have ever been to.

Both of those having been said, it was really neat, especially at night.  The sights, sounds and even smells of the fair offer a virtual over load for the senses.  From the sounds of Hula dancers as I entered to the tunes played by a Shriner band on the back of a tractor trailer in the parade Fair Park was just alive with the sounds of people having a good a time.  Even with this constant bombardment of sound, there were places of serenity in the park, by the lake in the trees all lit up with twinkling lights it was possible to imagine yourself in a pleasant grove watch the swans go by.

       Big Tex, The official greeter.

The sights at the fair are immense, from Big Tex to the Farris Wheel, to the strangest thing mattress sales.  The most visually stunning part of the State Fair of Texas was to me the Farris Wheel.  It stands as a beacon at night and the light show was pretty good both looking at the wheel and from the view on top.

The smells of the fair are a joy for the senses as the overwhelming choices of foods al blend to keep you constantly hungry.  Since 2005, the State Fair’s Big Tex Choice Awards contest has solidified the annual exposition as the top fair for great food creations.  This year’s winners were a Funnel Cake Bacon Queso Burger for the savory category and in the sweets The Gulf Coast Fish Bowl won.   I wish I had had time to eat my way through the fair, but it just was not to be this year.

The strangest thing I saw at this year’s State Fair of Texas was a mattress sale.  I get the Car Show and live stack shows and sales, but who comes to the State Fair and says, “I need to    buy a new mattress”?  I just don’t get that.

Since its inception in 1886, the State Fair of Texas has celebrated all things Texan by promoting agriculture, education, and community involvement through quality entertainment in a family-friendly environment. As an annual celebration of all things Texan, the tradition continued with the Fair’s 2017 theme, “Celebrating Texans.” This year, the Fair welcomed approximately 2.2 million people through the gates, as of the time of this release. The 2017 event brought big crowds and an even bigger community impact.

If you are ever in the Dallas/Fort Worth Area during the 16 day run of the State Fair of Texas, be sure to include it in your plans, if for no other reason for the food and the experience of see it.

The State Fair of Texas is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with all proceeds helping to preserve and improve Fair Park; underwrite museum, community, and scholarship programs for inner-city youth and students pursuing agricultural careers; and help improve State Fair operations. The 2018 exposition runs September 28 through October 21 in Fair Park. Visit BigTex.com for more information.

 

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