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A Little Bit of (Fried) Everything

Aug 26, 2015 04:35PM ● By Dia

Behold, fried everything. Since the tradition first began in 1886, the State Fair of Texas has been a rite of passage for anyone living in or visiting Dallas during the fall. One of the largest fairs in the nation, the State Fair of Texas is much more than just its unique — and sometimes, outrageous — food options. Sure, there are funnel cakes, fried Snickers, turkey legs, Fletcher’s original corny dogs and hundreds of other deep-fried creations to sample, but take a closer look and you’ll see a celebration of all things Texan.

Once you’ve filled up on eats and drinks, explore interactive exhibits focusing on agriculture and livestock. Take a stroll and discover art-deco structures. Stop into the Auto Show and take in nine acres of new and concept automobiles. Come by the Chevrolet Main Stage and jam out with local and national acts like The Voice champion Craig Wayne Boyd, Christian rapper Lecrae, The Beach Boys and more. And don’t forget to head to the Midway to challenge your fear of heights with more than 70 rides to choose from, including the iconic 212-foot Texas Star Ferris wheel.

With all this excitement, there’s no way you’ll be able to pack it all into just one day, or even a weekend. Taking place September 25 through October 18, the State Fair of Texas is the longest-running fair in the United States, offering 24 consecutive days of carnival games, rides, food, crafts, shopping and entertainment. Now the only question is: What will you do first? We recommend checking out the rides before exploring your food options ... but the rest, well, that’s up to you. 


Location: Fair Park in Dallas

Hours: Gates open daily at 7 a.m., museum and Midway hours vary daily