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Friday, September 26, 2014
OUR STATE FAIR IS A GREAT STATE FAIR!
Here we are with Fall begun and in Texas, that means the
State Fair. Personally, I love the fair and hate to miss it this year because
of recent ankle reconstruction surgery.
Years ago, I always entered jams, jellies, and vegetables I’d canned
from our orchard and garden. Darling Daughter 1 won a blue ribbon one year with
her photo of a spider web still wet with dew. Now, we just like to soak up the
Blue ribbon and Best of Show for my peach jam
Strolling through the fairgrounds is a great place to watch
to watch people. In addition, I love the exhibits and midway. No, I don’t play
the games or ride one of the 73 rides available. However, the Texas Star ferris
wheel is on my bucket list. I do not like heights, especially in a swaying
seat. But I have vowed that I will ride the Texas Star. Darling Daughter 2 was
at the top one year for the fireworks show and reported the sight was
Big Tex before the fire
Two years ago, Big Tex caught on fire. He has since been
reincarnated better than ever. Each year, he gets new jeans and shirt. This
year, he’s wearing a navy shirt, as shown on television. He welcomes fairgoers with greetings at intervals.
One of the contests each year among food vendors is the
newest fried concoction or unusual food offered. Among this year’s winners are
funnel cake flavored beer and fried shrimp boil. Of course, attendees can still
find the traditional Fletcher’s corny dogs in many places throughout the
Our family’s favorite was to buy tickets to the State Fair
Musical for an afternoon matinee. This allows ticketholders to park inside the
grounds. Parking is always a problem, although there are shuttles all day. We
enjoyed looking around the fair for a few hours, then resting during the
hottest portion of the day in the air-conditioned Music Hall to enjoy that year’s
musical show. By the time the performance was over, the outside temperature
would be cooling down.
In addition to the usual attractions, there are numerous
museums at the fairgrounds. They include the Women’s Museum, African American
Museum, Natural Science Museum, Arboretum—and more. If you are in the Dallas area the last weekend
of September through the first two weeks of October, why not visit our State