I have been working out a lot this city (Dallas), running at least 3, 4 even 5 miles every day. Why am I doing this? Am I trying to lose weight? No, well sure, that’d be nice, but it’s not the main reason. Am I training for another marathon? Heck no. Am I trying to burn off all of the fried foods I’ve been forced to enjoy at The Texas State Fair? Bingo!
-my first fried goodie I tried at the fair
Sure, working on the Texas State Fair fairgrounds has its perks; for example, you get to attend the fair everyday (whether you want to or not). Another bonus, you know exactly where to go to get free ice cream cones and 5-hour energy samples. But most importantly, you get to try any and every fried food you’ve ever imagined. Perk!
The Texas State fairgrounds are huge (thank goodness, I guess-more miles to burn off all those fried food calories) and after 3 weeks of fair going, I feel like I’ve memorized the entire park…..including all of the booths with the fried goodies.
Deep. Fried. Everything.
I’m not even exaggerating when I say this. They have it all: deep fried beer, deep fried spaghetti and meatballs, deep fried bubblegum, deep fried pina coladas, deep fried pizza and of course, the famous deep fried butter (Oprah, anyone?).
-good one Mattress Firm
My favorite fried treat at the fair was the Deep Fried Red Velvet Cupcake, yes, you’ve read that correctly…..I ate a cupcake that was deep fried….and loved every minute of it.
Runners up include Deep Fried Grilled Cheese, Deep Fried Guacamole, and Deep Fried S’mores.
I guess I should mention some other highlights of the State Fair besides the deep fried everything:
-Big Tex: The 55 foot tall talking statue. He’s new and improved this year after catching on fire in 2012.
-Howdy, I’m Big Tex!
-Exhibits galore: If you’re in need of a mattress, Vitamix or wood carving, then the Texas State Fair is where you should be shopping.
-Butter Sculpture: This year’s sculpture, made out of 4,000 pounds of butter, is a cowboy with kids climbing on him.
-Auto show: You’re basically visiting an enormous indoor car dealership…..with thousands of others.
-Ostrich and Pig races: It’s a thing, they race and the crowd goes nuts. The ostriches even have jockeys that ride them, sad but true.
-those are some fast ostriches
-Lottery Booth: For only $10, you can waste 3 minutes of your life scratching off loosing tickets here….you do get a free bag, so there ya go.
-Cotton Bowl: If you’re really lucky, you’ll be one of the 87,000 fans attending the big football game (OU vs Texas) at the already busy fair. Go team!
-Test Drive Track: The best part about this, besides the free t-shirt at the end, was getting to do the breathalyzer. It was a first for me, and since I passed, I was allowed to drive an……Impala, yippee!?
Midway: Rides and games galore! So many “Texas-sized” stuffed animal prizes bigger than the children carrying them can be found in this area.
-Concerts: Throughout the park at various stages different artists (I’ve only heard of two on the list) perform for fair goers.
Animals: If you’re into seeing/smelling pigs, sheep and cows then you’d enjoy the livestock buildings. I, however, did not (sorry dad).
-the pumpkin carving demos were pretty sweet, check out the middle one-it’s Pumbaa
Flow Rider: Bring your swimsuit and board, and try to catch a wave on the one and only water ride at the fair.
Wine Garden: That’s right, keepin’ it classy at the fair. Let’s be honest, those beer lines were extremely long.
Plastiki: This was actually pretty cool to see. The boat is made out of plastic bottles and just returned from a trip across the pacific from San Francisco to Australia.
-nicely done Plastiki
Now for those of you who are still reading (thanks mom and dad), here are a few Texas State Fair facts to enjoy!
-The State fair has been held at Dallas Fair Park since 1886!
-Roughly 3 million visitors attend the fair during its 24 day run (and yes, if you’re curious, parking and traffic were a nightmare).
-State fair of Texas has the highest number of visitors of all the state fairs in the United States.
Okay, I guess I’d better stop rambling and get to the gym*
(*reread first sentence, waaaay at the beginning)