State Fair of Texas

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    October 10, 2014

    The State Fair's Award-Winning Deep-Fried Shrimp Boil Is Not a Good as a Shrimp Boil

    It's become an annual tradition, and I'm not sure how. While other food-freaks try to consume deep-fried everything at the State Fair of Texas, I get to know one dish -- always the winner of the Big Tex Choice Awards -- a little more intimately. So far my experiences haven't been great. Last year' ... More >>

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    August 28, 2014
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    October 11, 2013

    Here's Keyboard Bob Wearing Big Tex's Shirt

    Happy State Fair of Texas season, everyone.

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    September 26, 2013
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    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:

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    January 31, 2013
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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    September 28, 2012

    Fried Jambalaya: A Food Critic's Tasting Notes

    I hope you haven't packed your shorts for the summer yet. The weather for opening day at the State Fair of Texas is hot and muggy with a fine aerosol of crisp and clean frying oil. I zipped over to Fair Park today to find the winner of this year's fried food competition. Abel Gonzales' deep fried ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 27, 2012

    Bigger and Brighter and Fried-er

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

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    September 27, 2012

    EXCLUSIVE: Interview with Big Tex

    Monday was the Big Tex erection at the State Fair of Texas. The erection lasted about three hours, so it's safe to say that this 60-year old Texan is most definitely on Cialis. A ton of photographers were there, taking pictures of the event. I took a moment to ask Big Tex some probing questions abou ... More >>

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    September 27, 2012
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    September 26, 2012

    Where to Find the Big Tex Choice Award Food Finalists at the State Fair of Texas

    It's here! Fried Christmas!!! That delicious waft of funnel cake corny dog world's biggest Frito pie horse-ish ladyman stank you'll get when you walk through the turnstiles at the fair is gonna hit you like a Lisa Frank double food rainbow. And you will love it. See also: Fried Jambalaya, Fri ... More >>

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    September 21, 2012

    First Looks, Nasty Bread Pudding And Burger Porn: This Week In Dallas Dining

    May this week forever be known as CoA's restaurant first look week. As evidence... Max's Liberty Burger take two Tried and True Macdaddy's GOGHEE no longer to go You've got a lot of new places to check out this weekend, a few hundred roof decks to drink on, and there's Oktoberfest, too. But before ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2012

    Texas Girl Scouts Want to Fry Some Cookies at This Year's State Fair. We're Thinking Samoas.

    It was only a matter of time. First corn-batter dipped hot dogs and funnel cakes went into the frier. They tasted good, so vendors at the State Fair of Texas thought they should fry other things. Next thing you know, brownies, cookie dough, marshmallows, biscuits and gravy, salsa and chicken-stuffed ... More >>

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    October 12, 2011

    Oh, Bacon Snap: The 2011 State Fair of Texas Bacon and Eggs Contest

    Alice Laussade2011 Bacon and Eggs contest at the State Fair of Texas. Idea: Let's put all that stuff in my face.​Yesterday I had the honor of judging at the 2011 State Fair of Texas Bacon and Eggs contest. Yeah, be so jealous. There were six categories for competition: bacon appetizer, bacon e ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    September 30, 2011

    Your Map(s) to Fried Heaven at the State Fair

    Original Map Via State Fair Of Texas; With Art By Alexander FloresCLICK TO EMBIGGEN​If you're going to the State Fair of Texas, it's a given that you have to try the fried bubble gum and fried salsa and definitely obviously the fried buffalo chicken in a flapjack on a stick, plus all the other ... More >>

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    September 29, 2011
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    September 8, 2011

    Falling for Big Tex's Line

    State Fair of Texas' big dude seems vaguely presidential these days.

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    June 7, 2011

    Celebrate 75th Anniversary of Centennnial Expo With Footage From 1961 State Fair of Texas

    ​From the extremely loud to the completely silent ...Yesterday was a momentous anniversary that passed without any notice whatsoever: It was the 75th anniversary of the opening of the Texas Centennial Exposition at Fair Park. Coincidentally, though, one YouTuber marked the occasion by posting some ... More >>

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    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

    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 15, 2010

    North Texas Food Bank Sets State Fair Record

    Tallies of how much food was consumed at the State Fair of Texas this year aren't yet available, but the amount of food donated was record-setting. ​The North Texas Food Bank this morning announced its haul over a series of collection Wednesdays came to 177,558 pounds, breaking the previous r ... More >>

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    October 14, 2010

    A State Fair Summation From a Food-Loving Arkansawyer

    Editor's Note: Of the gazillion people who yearly visit the State Fair of Texas, a good number of them are outlanders. One of those visitors this year offered to share her fair reflections with City of Ate. Kat Robinson, who blogs about food back in Arkansas, reveals here which fried dish she liked ... More >>

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    September 30, 2010
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    September 23, 2010
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    August 2, 2010

    No App Yet for Your Fried-Food Appetite at Fair

    The fried Cokes are that way, folks.​Visitors to the State Fair of Texas will have to wait at least a year before they can use their iPhones to instantly locate the closest fried cookie dough stand. State fairs in Ohio and Indiana this week announced plans to roll out iPhone apps that will al ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2010

    Howdy, Folks, and Welcome to the "Super-Sized" State Fair of Texas?

    ​What you see up top is the artwork unveiled today for this year's State Fair of Texas, where the theme is "Super Sized Fun." Which is in reference to ...? Let's go to The Official Announcement: "Super is the word heard all around North Texas this year and Fair officials are working closely with t ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    October 15, 2009

    Today's Sign of the Times: Where You Can Park for the Red River Shootout on Saturday

    ​Meranda Cohn at Dallas City Hall sends word for those heading to the Red River Shootout on Saturday: Take the Green Line or at least park on Fair Park property, where spots are $10. But if you insist on parking off-site, in one of the privately owned lots where spots run upwards of $15, just one ... More >>

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    October 11, 2009

    Everybody Gets Fried Butter!

    Flickr photo: cmiked​A good Friend of Unfair Park who was out at the State Fair of Texas today sends word: OMFG, Oprah! Fried butter for everyone! Nice photo of the clusterflock at top -- especially of WFAA's Cynthia Izaguirre, who looks damned happy to be there -- but this one's the keeper.

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    September 24, 2009
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    September 10, 2009
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    September 9, 2009

    Why Just Hitch a Ride on a DART Bus?

    ​Didn't wind up with one of those Dallas Fire-Rescue pumper trucks up for auction last month, which is just as well -- wouldn't have had room for one of the Dallas Area Rapid Transit buses that went up for grabs late yesterday on my favorite everything-must-go Web site. Really, it just makes more ... More >>

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    June 30, 2009

    Corn Dogged: Garrison Keillor Visits the State Fair of Texas For National Geographic (?)

    Allison V. Smith's photo of Big Tex's 2008 makeover remains one of our favorite State Fair of Texas photos ever.Actually, once you read the piece -- which appears in the issue hitting newsstands this week but which you can read right now -- it seems rather unlikely that the Prairie Home Companionist ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2008

    Fair from Over

    We're trying to collect the whole series. Next up: Fair Park Passover. The State Fair of Texas came to an end only two days ago -- and it was a glorious finale, if only to see a certain 5-year-old ask that Ford robot, "Do you know C-3PO?" and receive in response a burst of John Williams' score and a ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    September 26, 2008

    Nothing Like a New Pickup When You Need That Crap Economy Pick-Me-Up

    The auto show's been a fixture at the Fair since 1904. That's a fun fact. Free for having. You can look it up. Just made my first-ever pit stop at, thanks to the just-posted video available for watching with your eyes after the jump. It's a review of the some 135,000 square feet of ... More >>

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    September 25, 2008
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    October 1, 2007

    Havin' a Ball at the Fair

    Perhaps you've only read about The Human Cannonball at the State Fair of Texas. And, like, maybe you wanna see "The Rocket Man" in action. Well, now you can, and without the Fair Park-ing hassle. Thanks, YouTubes. Speaking of, ever heard My Morning Jacket's version of "Rocket Man"? Well, now you can ... More >>

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    September 27, 2007

    Museum's Loaded

    Take us out to MNS

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    September 27, 2007
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    September 28, 2006

    Fried Magic

    Bring on the State Fair

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    September 29, 2005

    Deep-Fried Fun

    The State Fair of Texas is as eccentric as the state's residents

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    September 25, 2003

    Fair Game

    Don't stand up Big Tex

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    September 25, 2003

    Batter Up

    It's incredibly corny over there

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    September 26, 2002

    Fair Fare

    The State Fair of Texas offers delights from corn dogs to corn-fed cattle

  • Best of Dallas

    September 20, 2001

    Best Place to See Pets You Can Eat

    Animal Barns at the State Fair of Texas

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    September 28, 1995
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