It had been more than 4 years since the last time I went to the Texas State Fair. Now that I’m back, of course I was excited to revisit it this season! The only thing I would not recommend is to go during the UT/OU game weekend as I unfortunately did. The place was a crowded mess. Unless you’re into that sort of thing, of course. Then go tailgate to your heart’s content.
As any respectable fair-goer knows, half the fun is trying out all the new, crazy fried concoctions of the year. I was not always big on that, but this year I was determined to try as many different fried foods as I could stomach (Then go on a juice cleanse for the rest of the year. Just kidding, I could never do that to myself.). It was a whole new world for me when I discovered the food court! Here’s what we tried:
Let me just bring to your attention what the banners hanging above the food court says. You read that? Fried bubblegum. This proves we really will fry everything and anything down here. Next year we’ll probably be eating fried shoelaces.
Later I also tried an order of fried chicken skin. It was nothing but salt and salty seasoning.
If I had to rate what I tried from favorite to least favorite, it’d go like this: frito pie (you can never go wrong with a frito & chili pie), fried ribs, fried chicken skin, fried spaghetti. Stick around for when I report back after I continue expanding my palette next year!
Now let’s move on to the rides. Honestly, they’re overpriced and not that impressive. But one thing that you have to do if you’ve never done this before is to ride the Texas Star ferris wheel.
I used to be able to boast that we had the largest ferris wheel in all of North America until the 2013 opening of the 250-foot Star of Puebla in Mexico (thanks, Obama). Now I can only say that we have the largest ferris wheel in all of the United States. It’s a tough job holding records.
After the ferris wheel and a couple more rides, we saw a tall, white tower that slowly rotates and brings its passengers to the top. It was new to me (no wonder, as it was built after I left for college), goes up a considerable height, and was slow! Let’s go!
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Turns out, Top ‘O Texas (pointy tower next to the ferris wheel in the pic above) was 500 feet tall, and I daresay even better than the ferris wheel. 360 degree unobstructed view, all as we sat in an air-conditioned cabin! Now that’s my kind of sight-seeing!
I was quite captivated by this greenhouse in the fair. It had the most charming little set-up with toy trains and everything! That probably made me sound really dated. Perhaps I’ll recreate this thing as a hobby when I’m a grandma!
We stumbled upon a little surprise: this farmer who showed us his mad pumpkin-carving skills from practicing this hobby for over a decade:
In another part of the fair, they also have a livestock judging competition. We came in too late, as they were packing up and leaving when we arrived. But still, we got to see some cows, up close and personal.
A beautiful rainbow bid us farewell as we left.
Though that day was super tiring, it was so worth it! Friends who are reading this: visit Texas/me during the state fair (end of Sept – mid Oct)! Doesn’t this post make it look so enticing?!
Have you been to the Texas State Fair? What are your favorite fair foods and rides?
Thanks for reading!