Texas State Fair
The Annual State Fair of Texas is held in Dallas at historic Fair Park. It has taken place ever since 1886 except for varying periods during World War I and World War II, usually beginning the last Friday in September, and ending 24 days later. While the State Fair of Texas considers quantifying its official attendance figures “too much of a hassle,” it is still consistently recognized as one of the most highly attended and best state fairs in America as well as Dallas’ signature event.
The State Fair of Texas opening day ceremonies are highlighted by the annual Friday parade rolling through downtown Dallas.
Traditionally, the centerpiece of the fair has been the annual college football game between Oklahoma and Texas, nicknamed the Red River Rivalry, played at the Cotton Bowl at Fair Park. The State Fair Classic, featuring Grambling State University and Prairie View A&M University, is also played at the Cotton Bowl during the fair. The new Texas showdown is scheduled to take place on the third weekend of the 2018 fair and will feature Southern and Texas Southern University.
The State Fair of Texas is the only fair in the US to include a full auto show, dating back to 1913. In recent years, the fair has emphasized its reputation as an event featuring unique albeit high-fat foods. It has been known for years for Fletcher’s brand corny dogs. Recent years have seen the introduction of new unusual deep-fried items, including deep-fried Oreos, deep-fried Twinkies, deep-fried s’mores, deep-fried butter and most recently batter-based fried Coke. New foods in 2008 included chicken fried bacon and fried banana splits. For the 2012 fair, the Girl scouts of Northeast Texas added the deep-fried Samoa Cookie. This year’s State Fair included a number of new items such as deep-fried Frootloops and the funnel cake queso burger.
The State Fair brings so many families together to experience Texas culture and have fun all together. Having shows from all over the world and food from every layer of the food pyramid, the Texas State Fair should never disappoint.