Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Travel Texas :: The Texas State Fair

taken by :: Michelle Norris
The Mid-Way

It's the largest event in the State of Texas where Texans gather for interesting fried food combinations, livestock viewing, handi-craft displays, cooking competitions, an amazing Mid-Way and a photo opportunity with Big Tex. Lasting from September 28th to October 21st this year, the Texas State Fair is the largest attended fair in the United States with past attendance (2010) estimated at over two and a half million people.

taken by :: Michelle Norris
Big-Tex and the Boys

Jake and I took the boys to the fair yesterday; it was their first time. Upon entering, their little eyes widened at the sheer size of the Mid-Way and all of its offerings: games, rides, prizes and food. I watched as they mentally processed, with mouths agape, all they saw.

taken by :: Michelle Norris
Chicken Fried Bacon Anyone?

We continued through the Mid-Way to the exhibit halls where a car show, tastings, livestock, wares, crafts and more food could be found. Spending hours meandering through the individual venues and purchasing snacks along the way (chicken fried bacon and fried boudan), the boys were completely and utterly worn out before we even returned to the Mid-Way. 
I'd say we had a successful day at the fair!

taken by :: Michelle Norris
Food & Fiber Children's Farmer's Market

Things to know before you go:
  • Tickets can be purchased in advance here; or you can purchase them at the gate.
  • Rides and food vendors only take tickets. You can purchase those in advance or at the fair. Cash and credit cards are taken at the fair. Tickets come 20 to a sheet and cost $10 per sheet. Most rides take 5 tickets.
  • You can bring your own food and drinks into the fair.
  • I recommend good walking shoes!
  • You should try at least one fried something while you're there.
  • Visit the fair's FAQ site for more information regarding your visit. 
If you and you're family get a chance to go, and I hope you do, post some pictures on Texas Homemaking's Facebook Page for all to see!

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