My Favorite Time of Year - It's Here & Gone Now!

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Real Estate Agent with Castle Connections Realty 0517896

Okay, my favorite time of year is here again.  I wait all year for this and I'm counting down the days until Friday. I really can't wait, I feel like a kid at Christmas!  Are you wondering what it is??  It's the STATE FAIR OF TEXAS!  I have to admit that I'm a bit of a nut for the Fair.  I take a day off of work during the week and make my husband came with me so that I can enjoy the Fair without the weekends crowds.  I started this little tradition when I returned to Dallas from college 10 years ago. This year, I'm heading to the Fair on Monday, October 1.  I like to go to the Fair during the first few days when everything is still new and shiny. 

I really do love everything about the Fair.  I walk down every aisle and look at every goat, pig, cow, chicken and whatever else I find.  My husband thinks I'm nuts but he indulges me for the day.   My absolute favorite show of the fair is the Birds of the World Show at the Bandshell.  They have amazing birds that you are able to see up close and they fly around the Bandshell right over your head.

 

And the food, where do I begin.  Well, I probably gain 5 pounds in one day but it is worth it.  I love the Fletcher's Corny Dog.  It is a State Fair staple and if you leave the Fair without trying one then you really haven't truly experienced the Fair.  For a little dessert, I love the French Crepes with a little choclate and banana.  And then for another snack it is on to Jack's Food Stand for some of the best tacos in town!  Oh, my gosh my mouth is watering. 

Of course, you have to stop by and see Big Tex and let him welcome you to the State Fair of Texas.  And don't miss the new Texas Skyway tram ride across the fair grounds and the Car Show.  The Midway Games where you can lose all your money, the Texas-sized Ferris wheel and more.

I could go on and on but then this blog would be way too long!  I hope you are able to make it to the State Fair of Texas this year!  For more information, visit  http://www.BigTex.com/

 

Comments (16)

Eric Bouler
Gardner Realtors, Licensed in La. - New Orleans, LA
Listening to your Needs
Louisiana does not have many fairs like Texas but lots of festivals like Octoberfest, ect its great to get out as the weather cools. Just plain old tailgating is a big deal before the games especially the LSU games where 30-40 thousand get set up for all day eating and drinking.
Sep 26, 2007 03:03 PM
Tom Burris
NMLS# 335055 - Baton Rouge, LA
Texas/Louisiana Mortgage Pro - 13 YRS Experience
We like to go when there is a good act on the main stage. I didn't see any good acts this year. At least not anything that caught my eye.
Sep 27, 2007 07:50 AM
Linda Box Taylor
Castle Connections Realty - Plano, TX
Your Plano, TX Realtor

Eric - Tailgating is always fun. 

Tom, I hadn't looked at the acts on the Main Stage for this year.  That is one thing that I miss at the Fair since I go during the week.  But Boyz II Men is there this Saturday.  I loved them when I was in high school and LoneStar is a pretty good group as well. 

Sep 27, 2007 07:57 AM
Stephen Joos & Chris Brubaker- HouseFront
HouseFront - Denver, CO

Wow, that looks and sounds like a lot of fun, my mouth is watering for one of those Fletcher Corny Dog's (mmmmmmmmm)

 

:) 

Sep 27, 2007 09:34 AM
Loreena and Michael Yeo
3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Prosper TX Real Estate Co. - Prosper, TX
Real Estate Agents
I love State Fair season - even though I must admit that I have only been there once...... I love it because it's Beat Texas time (as you can tell, I'm a Boomer Sooner)!!! LOL. Although a funnel cake sounds really good right now.
Sep 28, 2007 02:51 AM
Andrea Thompson
Realty Executives of Killeen & Harker Heights - Killeen, TX
Killeen's Real Estate Professional
I've lived in Texas for 15 years, and have never been to the state Fair, shame on me!  I'll try to make it this year.
Sep 28, 2007 03:01 AM
Linda Box Taylor
Castle Connections Realty - Plano, TX
Your Plano, TX Realtor

Loreena - I know you probably can't get out to the Fair this year since you are due soon but next year.  You can start a family tradition.

Andrea - The fair starts today and run thru Oct. 21.  So, take a day and enjoy yourself!

Sep 28, 2007 10:48 AM
Karen Otto
Home Star Staging - Plano, TX
Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes

Hi Linda,

I've been away for a bit but am catching up on posts.  I love the State Fair too! I want the WEATHER to cool down too then it will really feel right....

Andrea Thompson you need to go, we've lived in TX now almost 6 years and haven't missed a year!

Sep 30, 2007 02:49 AM
Linda Box Taylor
Castle Connections Realty - Plano, TX
Your Plano, TX Realtor

Karen,

I thought you must be out of town since I seen you online recently.  I just got back from the Fair today.  What a hot day - it felt like summer!  But I got my tacos, corny dog and crepes and I'm happy.  We tried the Fried Cookie Dough and Fried Guacomole and I didn't like them.  Bird Show was awesome and we enjoyed the new Texas Skyway! 

Oct 01, 2007 10:33 AM
Karen Otto
Home Star Staging - Plano, TX
Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes
We're going to wait until the following weekend, maybe it'll cool down a bit by then.  Glad you had a great time!
Oct 01, 2007 01:57 PM
Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate
Yes, Linda:  The State Fair is always on my list of things to do in the Fall.  Lots of fun, and too much to eat.  LOL.
Oct 01, 2007 05:33 PM
Carla Cullum
Integrity Team Keller Williams Flower Mound - Denton, TX

Ohhh I love the state fair too! Not because I am a Texas Ex(Longhorn) but I love all the food!! We tried the fried Penut butter sandwich last year. It was too greasy. Fried twinky was good. 2 people could eat 1 they are sweet! It is fun just seeing all the stuff espcially the kids working with their animals that they are showing and the arts and crafts people have made! I love the the State Fair!

Carla Cullum

Keller Williams Dallas/Ft Worth

Oct 02, 2007 01:54 AM
Linda Box Taylor
Castle Connections Realty - Plano, TX
Your Plano, TX Realtor

The Fair is gone for 2007.  Today was the last day.  But people enjoyed it while it was here, spending a record setting $29 million at the Fair this year.  A quarter of million people rode the new Skyway Ride this year and Bryan Berg broke a Guiness Record by building a 25 foot card structure.  Just a few things to remember until next year. 

Mark your calendar, the Fair starts on Sept. 26 in 2008!  I can't wait! 

Oct 21, 2007 02:34 PM
Eric W. Gage
eXp Realty - Houston, TX
ABR, CDPE, ALHS, e-Pro
The smell of all the animals...yuck!!!  I am in agreement with your husband...you are crazy (ummm maybe it's a sign of a mental thing)!!  haha..jk!  The the food is great, but I skip out on the animal side of the fair.  Though, I haven't been a long time!  Fun post!!!
Oct 21, 2007 02:39 PM
Deb Dahlberg - Rowland
Hart Land Real Estate - Fayetteville, TX
Deb Sells Texas!
I missed it!  I can't wait to attend in  '08 and I have marked my calendar! I have never been to this fair, loved to go to the Colorado State Fair in Pueblo when I lived there.  Didn't care much for the Arizona State Fair held in Phoenix when I lived there ( much to commercial!)  I was glad to see that this fair has animals....that is one of the hightlights for me.  Lots of hard work goes into preparing the animals for competition.  I also love the other craft competitions like the 4H and FFA exhibits, art,  wood working,  quilting, and canning, and cooking.  The rides are fun,  but the "tried and true" state fairs still hold the original theme of an annual gathering of country folk from the area showing off their wares, and talents,  and getting to socialize a bit. 
Oct 25, 2007 12:29 AM
Linda Box Taylor
Castle Connections Realty - Plano, TX
Your Plano, TX Realtor

Deb - The Texas State Fair definitely has animals.  Depending on when you go, you will get to see the cows, goats, sheep and pigs.  This year at the Youth Livestock Auction of Champions, the animals sold for an all-time high of $1,049,044. The grand champion steer sold for a record $94,000, and the reserve grand champion sold for $21,000.  Really amazing!! 

There is a Creative Arts Hall that highlights all the contests for cooking, needlepoint, quilts and photography to name just a few. 

The Fair in Dallas is so huge.  There is a little bit for everyone. 

Oct 25, 2007 09:11 AM