First Thoughts On the State Fair of Texas

When Nate and I first moved to Dallas, the most recommended thing to put on our “must do” list was the State Fair of Texas. It was all Texans could talk about in the couple of months and weeks leading up to the big opening on September 28th, and for good reason! I have never been to a state fair quite as big as this one, nor one with better food–believe it or not.

Since a young age, I had always loved going to our county fair and the Florida State Fair (who didn’t?). I’ll admit, though, most of my excitement focused in on the delicious “fair food” that only comes around during that time of the year. So, when I’d been hearing so much about the State Fair of Texas and their amazing variety of good food, I couldn’t help but get just as excited as everyone else! Plus, I knew it’d be the perfect place to get to know a little more about our new home state.

Opening Day

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Fun fact: the Texas Star (ferris wheel) is the largest in North America at 212-ft high!

Opening day of the state fair is so popular among Texans for two (main) reasons: 1) the majorly rival teams UT-Austin and OU play right there at Fair Park for the Cotton Bowl 2) it’s the fair, duh. To illustrate just how big this day is, a friend of mine and her husband actually cut their honeymoon short in Antigua to make it back in time to catch this game at Fair Park. That is dedication! Plus, their team (UT) won, so it made it all that much more worth it in the end.

The thing I was warned most about was avoiding opening day to skip all the craziness of the game. We’re SO glad that we waited until the second week to go, because the crowds weren’t as big and we didn’t have to wait forever in so many lines.

We went on a Thursday and then again on Saturday. Obviously Saturday was a bit more crowded, since it was the weekend, but we still found those to have been great days to go! Plus, getting there early helped big time.

Big Tex

Meet the official icon and greeter of the State Fair of Texas–Big Tex. Supposedly, he’s known internationally as the world’s tallest cowboy, standing at 55-ft tall. He’s had this title for the last 65 years and counting! We were told that we couldn’t leave the fair without seeing him in person and taking a photo! A Texan tradition has been to grab one of the famous (and freakin’ delicious) Fletcher’s Corny Dogs and enjoy it right next to Big Tex. So, as first time Texans at the state fair, we did just that!

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The iconic Big Tex

Texas Fair Food

From deep friend shepherd’s pie to sweet crispy rice balls to the cotton candy taco, the State Fair of Texas literally has it all! My favorites were the arroz con leche, cinnamon roll, fun-l cake ice cream and obviously the corny dog!

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Winner of “best taste- sweet” Arroz con Leche


THE most flattering photo you’ll ever see of me eating a Fletcher’s Corny Dog

Overall, I loved the State Fair of Texas, and I can definitely see what all the hype is about! We got to see tons of local vendors, we rode the tallest ferris wheel in North America and got see to Big Tex in action. So, I’d say that my first trip to the fair was a success!

I’m so excited that I get such an incredible state fair to look forward to every year! Nate and I had such a great time with new friends, and now we get to make new memories here every year. So, if you ever find yourself in Dallas during late September to mid October, you have to add the State Fair of Texas on your list of must-dos, for sure!

Have ya’ll ever been to the State Fair of Texas? Let me know what your thoughts were!


  1. November 7, 2018 / 11:03 am

    So glad you guys enjoyed it!! It’s one of our favorite things about Dallas!

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