5 Reasons to Love the State Fair of Texas

by Andrew Forrest

The 2015 State Fair of Texas opens today and I am fired up! I look forward to seeing Big Tex each fall and each year he doesn’t disappoint. Here are 5 reasons to love the State Fair of Texas.

(Kevin Brown/State Fair of Texas)

(Kevin Brown/State Fair of Texas)

Everybody’s There and Everybody’s Happy

The State Fair is one of the few places in Dallas where everybody comes together: rich folks, poor folks, city slickers, small town farmers; black folks, white folks, hispanic folks; folks from Highland Park and folks from Fair Park: everybody is at the State Fair. And, everybody is happy to be there.

If there is a better place to people watch, I haven’t found it.


The Food is all Fried



Fletcher’s corny dogs, fried Thanksgiving dinner, even fried beer.

At the State Fair, all the food groups are covered…in batter.


The Car Show is Texas-Sized



I love browsing the 2 huge car pavilions. It’s fun to sit in the drivers seats and pop the trunks of dozens of cars that I would never ever consider buying. (Although, be warned: I’ve actually bought?two cars over the years after first sitting in them at the Fair’s Auto Show.)


The Demonstrations are Mesmerizing



In several of the exhibit halls, informercial pros demonstrate knives and blenders and shower heads and mops and vacuums and ladders. These guys are good. I mean, can your blender make a soup?


The Farm Children are Inspiring


(Kevin Brown/State Fair of Texas)

It does my heart good to see the little boys from Texas farms tend their donkeys and cows and pigs and goats and sheep. Little boys with blue jeans and flannel shirts and cowboy hats who look exactly like their tall fathers beside them. I’m glad that world still exists and seeing those farm families makes me proud to be an American. Really.


What About You?

If you’ve been thinking about visiting Dallas, you should plan a visit during the Texas State Fair, which runs for 3 weeks every September and October. The weather will be gorgeous and the whole experience is can’t miss.

If you do visit, Big Tex and I will be waiting for you.

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Suzanne September 25, 2015 - 7:44 am

I think you’ll be entertained to know that we got season passes – upon my insistence- for the fair the first year I lived here. We went five or six times. Haha

Andrew Forrest September 25, 2015 - 9:22 am

I knew I liked you. (We got season passes this year!)

Susan September 25, 2015 - 11:23 am

You NAILED it! I put the demonstrations at the top of my list. I make it a point to listen to the waterless cookware every year. It’s Sales 101 at its finest. I actually walked away with my first Vitamix after listening to their spiel for 8 years AND a massage chair. I save my money all year to completely blow it at the State Fair. I haven’t regretted it since. Can’t wait to see what things await me this year.

Andrew Forrest September 25, 2015 - 12:49 pm

Susan, we are kindred spirits–we bought a Vitamix last year for the same reason!

And yes, how great are the massage chairs?!?


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