Fairs and Carnivals

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2014

    Your State Fair of Texas Bingo Card

    Ever wanted to make your State Fair trip a little... competitive? Yeah, we got you. Right here at the top of this post you can find your very own State Fair bingo card, and clicking on the little words below it will pump it up to size. Print several, hand out to friends and family, and let the games ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2014

    Fair Park's Summer Amusement Venture Is Dead. Is Anyone Surprised?

    Wait. The State Fair of Texas spent $30 million to start up a new summertime amusement park at Fair Park. It ran one season -- two months plus a week -- last summer. Now they're giving up already? No second season? What is this, Broadway? You put in $30 million, and it's such a bust from the get- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2013

    The Best Day at the State Fair of Texas is Grambling vs. Prairie View

    Editor's Note: Our nightlife columnist, Deb Doing Dallas, wrote about this year's State Fair Classic, a longstanding Fair tradition at least as much about the pageantry and the marching bands in particular as it is about the actual football game played between Louisana's Grambling State University a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2013

    The Big Question: Is Big Tex Mexican?

    Yesterday afternoon, Texas gaped as the resurrected Big Tex experienced, in the vaguely unsettling words of State Fair spokeswoman Sue Gooding, a "premature birth." Fair Park's official Twitter feed announced the successful delivery with an equally unfortunate metaphor: "Ta-daaa! Big Tex drops his r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2013

    State Fair of Texas Warmup: The Fried Creations Start Rolling In

    State fair season is here, especially in northern states that don't have to wait till summer's swelter abates to have a little fried food fun. Iowa and Minnesota recently released their food menus for this year's events, and there's a whole lot more to eat than fried things on a stick. (There is a l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2013

    Texas State Fair Headliners Include Blondie, Kacey Musgraves: Full List

    The State Fair of Texas announced its headlining acts today, and there are some actual heavy hitters, including new wave legends Blondie and rising, pot-smoking country star Kacey Musgraves. There's also "an evening with Molly Ringwald." Here are the rest of the headliners:

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2013

    Big Tex's New Face Keeps Getting Creepier

    In the months since Big Tex met his untimely end, State Fair officials have been releasing snippets of how an iconic 50-foot cowboy statue is designed in the 21st century. First, they showed the hand, then a his head. Today, we get our first good look at Big Tex's face. The videos seem intended to ... More >>

  • News

    December 27, 2012

    Burn It All Down

    Buzz looks back on 2012 before the memories go where they belong: up in smoke.

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2012

    The State Fair is Taking Donations to Pay For Big Tex, Who Sends Along a Slightly Morbid Holiday Greeting

    For now, the State Fair of Texas is sticking to its story that Big Tex wasn't reduced to a scorched metal frame during this summer's conflagration but instead is recuperating at an undisclosed Texas spa. Not only that, but he's well enough to send a holiday greeting that the fair passed along this m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2012

    The State Fair Says Big Tex is Recuperating at a Spa, Which is Clearly Not the Case

    Yesterday, it would have been hard to imagine the Big Tex saga becoming even more absurd. Just think about it: a 50-foot-tall mechanical cowboy spontaneously bursts into flames and becomes the subject of weepy-eyed morning as if he were a Beatle. Yet today brings evidence that the story actually ca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2012

    Here's a Photo of People Stranded on the Stratosphere Ride at the State Fair

    Pour one out for the Texas State Fair: it had a rough weekend. Hours after Big Tex turned into The Wicker Man, the Midway Stratosphere ride lost power. A couple dozen riders were dangling above the earth on a motionless, two-hundred foot tall ride for a couple of hours. Dallas-Fire Rescue manually l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2012

    Big Tex is Gone. There's a Hole in Our Hearts.

    On this day, we lost a fried hero. This morning, Big Tex caught on fire at the State Fair of Texas. Twitter lit up with jokes about as quickly as Tex did. I guess we all grieve differently. See also: Big Tex Burned Down Today at the State Fair Alice Laussade's exclusive interview with Big Tex We'd ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2012

    Kobayashi to Judge Hot Dog Eating Contest Friday at Fair

    This Friday, October 12, world champion competitive eater Takeru Kobayashi will judge an amateur competitive Hofmann's Hot Dog eating contest at the State Fair. The challenge takes place on the Chevy Main Stage at 4 p.m. The first place winner will receive $1,000, second place $500 and third $250. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2012

    Dispatch from the Bacon and Eggs Competition at the State Fair of Texas

    The fried food at the State Fair of Texas gets a ton of attention. And, that's great-- because everyone knows that from fried peaches to fried chocolate-covered-strawberry waffle balls, our fair's fried food is badass. It's rititulous. See also: Where to Find the Big Tex Choice Award Food Finalists ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2012

    Frito-Lay Gets World Record for Largest Frito Pie Ever at State Fair

    Two weeks ago, CoA announced that the Frito-Lay folks were going to attempt to build a record setting Frito pie. Today we're here to tell you it's been done. From the State Fair of Texas Facebook page: It's official! We have a new Guinness World Record: The folks from Frito-Lay have created the lar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2012

    Your Music Guide To The State Fair, aka Wait, Kevin Costner Has a Band?

    If only there were a venue in town where I could see UNCLE KRACKER, Rebirth Brass Band and Kevin Costner's band - WAIT, KEVIN COSTNER HAS A BAND? Well, sugars, dreams can come true. The State Fair of Texas opens today and if your appetite had not already been whet by our map to all the food matters ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 27, 2012

    Bigger and Brighter and Fried-er

    Grease is the good word at the State Fair of Texas.

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2012

    FRIED BREAKING NEWS: Fried Jambalaya, Fried Bacon Cinnamon Roll Win Big at State Fair of Texas

    See also: The Fried Food Finalists Coming to the State Fair of Texas 2012 Last Wednesday, the eight finalists of the Big Tex Choice Awards were announced. Today, they gathered for an epic fried battle. Three judges (1310 The Ticket's Donovan Lewis, Representative Eric Johnson from the Texas House o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2012

    Once More, With Feeling, Questions at City Hall About How to Make Better Use of Fair Park

    ​We've had this conversation before. And before that. And before that. Why oh why oh why is Fair Park -- "our jewel," in the words of Dwaine Caraway -- so underutilized, so unloved?Daniel Huerta, Fair Park's exec general manager, and Park and Rec head Paul Dyer, actually came to the Quality of Lif ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2011

    Revisiting the Tragic Tale of Christmas at Porter Chevrolet in '53, For the First Time in Color

    Photos by Roy Addis, courtesy Ron HartJack Bridges's Santa perched atop Porter Chevrolet on Mockingbird, taken December 27, 1953​It was around this time last year I stumbled across a photo of a giant Santa Claus sitting atop Porter Chevrolet on Mockingbird, across from the old Dr Pepper plant. Not ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2011

    All The Veg That's Fit to Fry: The Texas State Veggie Fair

    ​The Texas State Veggie Fair will descend on Winfrey Point at White Rock Lake this Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., providing an alternative to all the fried animal parts you've been subjected to at the State Fair. For the second year, the event will give veg heads a place to congregate, talk t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2011

    Big Tex Will Haunt Your Dreams

    ​Moments ago, a Friend of Unfair Park directed my attention to the State Fair of Texas's Facebook page, where 18 old photos from fairs past were just posted. All are worth a look-see; remember the fun we had browsing Nick DeWolf's stash of pics from the '77 State Fair? But this one in particular s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2011

    No Plans For Women's Museum Building, But Summer Place Park's Still Set to Bow in 2013

    ​Speaking of Fair Park ...In the wake of its inclusion on the American Planning Association's list of Great Public Places, several Friends of Unfair Park have asked: How's that long-proposed plan to open the fairgrounds year-round(ish) coming? And: What about the pending closure of The Women's Mus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2011

    BW's Fried Ribs and Fried Banana Pudding, Meet Face

    Debbie Hays, from BW's Famous Fried Ribs at the State Fair of Texas, tells me she's been serving up fried ribs at the fair for 24 years. Twenty-four freaking years? How the dong have I never had these things? Hays says, "Seriously, how have you not tried them? They're not chicken-fried. They're seas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2011

    How Were Fried Praline Sweet Potato Poppers, AKA Fried Thanksgiving, Not Big Tex Finalists?

    Kyle WallHiding inside these donut-hole-lookin' things is a sweet-potato-praline mind-blow.​ Oh, these fried praline sweet potato poppers weren't finalists in this year's Big Tex Choice Awards? That makes total sense. TO NOBODY!!!!!! Kyle Wall, inventor of these fried lovelies, said that fair off ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2011

    Vegans Rejoice: Texas State Veggie Fair Fried Food Competition

    Sylvia ElzafonFried vegan Bob Armstrong queso won Texas State Veggie Fair's Most Creative title in 2010.​The State Fair of Texas offers a millionty delicious fried food options, but if you're vegan, food-wise you're pretty much limited to sniffing second-hand funnel cake fumes.Well, fuck all that. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2011

    Tower of Power: Fair Park Crawls Closer to Becoming Year-Round Destination

    Photos by Leslie MinoraThe Observation Tower Ride will fill this 30-foot hole behind the Cotton Bowl. Don't worry, they're covering it up for the State Fair.​There is a big hole in Fair Park. Finally. Eventually the crater will be filled with a 500-foot pole surrounded by a doughnut-shaped slowly ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2011

    For Sale: An 1894 Texas State Fair Keepsake

    From eBay seller "celluloid"​On the eve of the 75th anniversary of the Texas Centennial Exposition at Fair Park, which opened on June 6, 1936, Friend of Unfair Park PeterK espied this one-of-a-kind keepsake up for grabs on eBay courtesy Minneapolis-based seller "celluloid": a bronze coin commemora ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2011

    Landmark Would Like State Fair Vendors to Pick Up After Themselves at Fair Park

    Some of the displays around Hall of State and the lagoon that remained after the State Fair of Texas​The 7-year-old who lives in my house and I have spent the last two weekends at Fair Park while he wrapped a school project; so -- sniff -- proud. And somewhere between walking around the Cotton Bow ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2011

    Clock, Theme Set for Fair

    Now that things are looking more like spring, let's talk about next fall. Yes, even before summer, sunglasses and heat-waves, let's talk about deep-fried food, over-sized cowboy hats and the Texas State Fair. ​As if we needed a reason to discuss the month-long exaltation of everything Texas, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2010

    Cuban Sandwich Crisis: Taste of Cuba vs. Caribbean Cafe

    Photos by Steven DoyleTaste of Cuba was the fairest of them all.​ Many people, when they consider Cuba, think of Fidel, Guantanamo Bay, the Bay of Pigs and cigars. City of Ate thinks sandwiches. Taking their cue from Caribbean, African and Spanish cuisine, Cubans have developed a flavor of t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2010

    Corndog Millionaire: Fletcher's Manager Tells All

    Copeland Selling Corn Dogs​The Fletcher's corn dog stand closest to Big Tex is the State Fair's busiest corn dog stand, and it's not just lowbrow eaters who line up to trade nine coupons for the venerated snack: Randall Copeland, chef-owner of Restaurant Ava, recently joined the throngs. But u ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2010

    The Most Beautiful Video of the State Fair of Texas You Will See All Day

    State Fair - Twixtor Test from Robert on Vimeo.Just came across this on Vimeo: Robert Hunt's short film made during an outing to the State Fair of Texas. On the Vimeo page he explains how and why he made it, and apologizes for the stuttering start to the slow-mo short that I've found to be a common ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2010

    Sampling the Fair Foods, Part 3

    Stephen MaskerAt the State Fair, you can win pigs...and eat them!​ The Observer this week set out to sample all the new fair foods that didn't make the Big Tex competition finals. Here, part three of our deep-fried review:

  • Calendar

    September 30, 2010
  • Blogs

    August 26, 2010

    Mmm, Fried Soy Products; Who Needs Funnel Cake?

    Chicken-fried bacon or fried imitation cheese...hmm, which to choose, which to choose?​Figuring omnivores shouldn't have all the greasy fun, is hosting its own fried food contest at The Phoenix Project, 406 S. Haskell Ave. "I would expect some of the same, off-the-wall type of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2010

    Big Tex Will Go All Texas With Wines
    At State Fair

    ​Kroger has pulled out as a wine garden sponsor at the State Fair of Texas, taking its West Coast wines with it. With the Texas Department of Agriculture left as sole sponsor of the wine tasting and teaching space, all of this year's featured wines will come from Texas. Jeff Siegel, who will ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2010

    City Hall Files Suit to Get Railroad Museum to Chugga-Chugga On Out of Fair Park Pronto

    ​OK, back to Fair Park, but only to ask: Why didn't the Museum of the American Railroad ever leave Fair Park for Frisco? That's what the city wants to know almost two years after the museum "entered into a formal letter of agreement with the City of Frisco to relocate to that city," per its long-a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2009

    Our Deep-Fried Decade: Ten Years Of Gluttony And Progress At The State Fair

    Photos by Patrick MichelsAfter 10 years, this is where we ended up: four deep-fried butter balls topped with garlic and grape sauce. How did we get to the point where we'd actually eat this?​In the early 2000s, we came to the State Fair of Texas with a doe-eyed, innocent kind of hunger. We'd get a ... More >>

  • News

    October 22, 2009
  • Blogs

    October 22, 2009

    More Things To Fry At Next Year's State Fair

    Patrick Michels​Maybe you flipped through this week's Top 10, a countdown of foods to fry next time the state fair rolls around.We put together what we thought was a pretty unassailable list--Pop Rocks, Jello shots, vegan cupcakes and the like. Hard to beat, right?Ah, but then you lot chimed in.Th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2009

    Oprah Says Thanks, Y'all, For the "Food Coma'" and the State Fair Memories

    Patrick MichelsOprah turned up in the crowd Monday morning in this slimming cardboard number, hoisted by the good people of Stolen Oprah.​ After holding court around the fairgrounds on Sunday, Oprah turned out for her show's taping this morning in her Stetson, boots and blue jeans, dropping "y'all ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2009

    If You're Not an Oprah Winfrey Fan, You May Want to Skip the State Fair of Texas Monday

    ​Specifically, you'll want to stay away from the Chevrolet Main Stage at 10 a.m., when Oprah Winfrey will begin taping her State Fair of Texas special that'll also include a performance by Martina McBride. Winfrey's production company just sent the details for her appearance, if you have further q ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2009

    And The Winner Is...

    ​A hell of a lot to wade through this week, mostly thanks to the state fair.Two things before we get to the non-winners. First, I think I found a way to rid my desk of some of the accumulated junk...uh, I mean, of the highly sought after prizes, which this week would have included a handsome coffe ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 24, 2009
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    September 24, 2009
  • Blogs

    October 1, 2008

    The State Fair? So Far, Fairly Empty.

    The State Fair of Texas is on. So where is everybody? On Monday afternoon the midway was empty. Nobody was throwing too-big basketballs at too-small hoops to win a stuffed critter. There was no line for chicken-fried bacon. No line for Fletcher’s corny dogs. And that’s weird. Maybe it’s gas p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2008

    Breaking News: Park Board Approves Selling Naming Rights to Cotton Bowl

    For years, folks have whispered that perhaps one day, the city might consider selling the naming rights to the 76-year-old Cotton Bowl in Fair Park. After all, maintaining The House That Doak Built is an expensive proposition with, some would insist, dwindling rewards hardly worth the $50 million wo ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 3, 2008

    Tour Speed

    See Big D on the run

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2007

    Batter Worlds

    From human hands, to leather gloves. On the heels of the highly successful and semi-controversial exhibition delving into the human body, the Dallas Museum of Nature & Science this week debuts its kindler, gentler endeavor -- baseball. In conjunction with the State Fair of Texas, the DMNS will host ... More >>

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