State Fair of Texas

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2014

    The Best Places in Dallas to Go When You're Stoned

    Texas may not be Colorado, but hell, that's never stopped us from being awesome. That's just kind of a rule of thumb for life in general, but it's particularly appropriate when it comes to, you know, marijuana. Getting high. Baked. Stoned. Keyed. Whatever the hell lingo you happen to prefer, point i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2014

    These Fried Foods Won the State Fair of Texas' 2014 Big Tex Choice Awards

    The 10th Big Tex Choice Awards were held inside the Tower Building at the State Fair of Texas this year. Unlike in previous years, there was a huge crowd; usually it's just the finalists, the judges, their families, and media, but the State Fair sold tickets to the public to this year's event. For ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2014

    Where to Drink with* Your Kids in Dallas

    It's Drinking Week at City of Ate, which means even more stories than usual about our favorite pastime. Check back for more stories about craft beer, killer bartenders and more. *Not with with. You know what we mean. It's hard to recall, now that your brain is sleep-starved and littered with stray ... More >>

  • News

    March 27, 2014
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    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

    October 10, 2013

    The State Fair's Tex-Mex Contest Is a Spicy, Saucy Cult

    Ah yes, Monday mornings. Typically fueled by coffee and rage, maybe a sore ankle from having to take a furious sports walk, they are never a welcome or enjoyable experience. Except for this week, when all the ugliness of a regular Monday morning was replaced by all the beautiful smells and fresh-fri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2013

    The State Fair of Texas: This Year's 11 Best Concerts

    Another Texas State Fair is upon us and when you're not trying to stuff as much fried, doughy goodness into you or riding any number of spinning rides hoping said dough won't unexpectedly leave your body, you might want to take a breather and listen to some music. It's just like food, except when yo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2013

    Your Guide to Fall in Dallas

    Those 9 p.m. sunsets are creeping closer and closer to a reasonable hour. The heat stays but something about the sticky September afternoons reminds us of summer's conclusion. Whatever magic it brings is dwindling. The school zones have lit up, those of us with summer vacations have bid them adieu a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2013

    Football, Barbecue and TacoCon: This Week In Dallas Dining

    There is an undeniable energy that props of the spirits of humans across the country as the first week of September comes to pass. Last night, the NFL kicked off the months-long saga that is beer, chicken wing and nachos season and it's time to rejoice. If you're not a fan, there's always salads. Ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2013

    Fried Spam Empanadas, Pig Toes on a Stick and Other New Fried Food at the State Fair

    The Big Tex Choice Awards just gave Best Taste to Isaac Ruosso's Fried Cuban Roll and Most Creative to Justin Martinez's Deep Fried Thanksgiving. But that's not the end of the list of new fried items at the fair this year. Behold: The list of more new fried dare food that awaits you at the 2013 St ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2013

    The State Fair's 2013 Big Tex Choice Awards Were Sad, So Let's Please Change Them

    I love the State Fair of Texas. I also love fried things. Which means I have a deep, undying love for the Big Tex Choice Awards. And for the last few years, I've been so excited to go to the competition to get a chance to try all the new fried ridiculousness. This year was different. None of the ... 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

    October 18, 2012

    Honey, We Need to Talk About Your Food Porn Addiction

    Last week we received an email about food porn addiction, which was really just an effort to promote the book Eating Mindfully by Dr. Susan Albers, Psy. D. Usually we discard these things, but we thought it'd be sooooo freaking hilarious to ask sly porn questions! Then we'd all laugh at our wit an ... More >>

  • Calendar

    October 4, 2012
  • 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

    October 18, 2011

    The DFW Truck Farm, Rolling to a Restaurant Near You

    Trust me, it's more impressive when it's filled with living produce​There's more to the State Fair of Texas than deep fried my little pony turds, you know. If you find your way past the funnel cakes, Cuban sandwiches and fried beer, you might stumble on the DFW Truck Farm. The pickup truck out ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2011

    You State Fair-Goers Can Eat All the Deep-Fried Crap You Like. More Cuban Sandwiches For Me.

    ​ I grew up in a rural area, and the state fair was pretty far away. Most years the county or 4-H fair was where I got my fix for funnel cakes and sheep shit. The theme is about the same, but the scale much smaller and the food selection was less diverse. So when the State Fair of Texas kicked ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2011

    Fried Chicken Skin and Fried Cake Balls?!? Thanks, Eat Crispies.

    Eat CrispiesFried chicken skin from Eat Crispies. Mmm. Skin.​Meet fried chicken skin, brought to your State Fair of Texas by Eat Crispies. It's just chicken skin, battered and fried for your face. Eat Crispies owner Phuong Le says, "The fried chicken skin was what caught the attention of ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 7, 2011
  • Blogs

    April 4, 2011

    City to Spend Some Fair Park Marketing Money to Keep TicketCity Bowl Through 2018 Game

    ​The Cotton Bowl Classic, of course, is no longer played at the Cotton Bowl -- hasn't been for two years, when the bowl game decamped for Arlington, thus making it a very unhappy New Year 'round Fair Park at kickoff time. Then came along the TicketCity Bowl -- Texas Tech vs. Northwestern to start ... 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

    October 15, 2010

    The Tacos of the State Fair of Texas

    Hello there, crispy taco​Novel and atrocious fried foods aren't the only foodstuffs available at the State Fair of Texas. Among the alternatives are tacos, one of which threw me for a loop. To begin my hunt, I searched the State Fair's Food Finder web page for tacos. With the search results in han ... More >>

  • Calendar

    October 14, 2010
  • Blogs

    October 14, 2010

    Fair's Cooking Contests Attract Young Top Chef Wannabes

    Matronly home cooks clutching recipe cards inherited from their kitchen-wise grannies are no longer shoo-ins to win culinary contests at the State Fair of Texas. ​The number of young men competing in the various contests featuring Dr Pepper, Spam and Malt-o-Meal has been steadily increasing over ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2010

    Five State Fair Foods You Can't Find in Texas

    Ok, maybe we don't want this.​It's the rare visitor who leaves the State Fair of Texas wishing there had been more deep-fried delicacies available, but there are a few fried and stick-impaled snacks missing from the fair's line-up. Here, a look at five popular sweet and savory items sold at state ... 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 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

    The State Fair Eighty-Sixes Its Corny Dog Contest, But the Pros Are Coming for a Sandwich Race on Sunday

    Patrick MichelsThird-ranked Pat Bertoletti claimed the world waffle eating title at the State Fair of Texas back in 2007. He's back eating sandwiches this Sunday afternoon.​It's tough to know just how to feel about this year's competitive eating lineup at the State Fair of Texas. On one hand, on t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2010

    What Wine Does One Pair with a Corny Dog?

    Photo by Chris Meesey​The State Fair of Texas makes it easy to find your way around Fair Park if you know how to use one of the handy free maps handed out at the entrance gate. If you wish to find the Go Texan Wine Garden, for example, merely mosey a ways down the Esplanade, turn left at Inter ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2010

    Watermelon With Feta Salad, We Are So Over You Now

    Photo by Robert BostickBut if it tastes good, we can still like it, right?​It's probably a few months too soon to name the most clichéd dish of 2010, but I'm early voting for watermelon with feta salad. The colorful salad showed up at restaurants across town this summer, gracing the salad pa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2010

    Huzzah! Renaissance Festival Recommends Healthier Fare

    This dude definitely needs to lay off the fried foods.​An event designed to celebrate tightly corseted wenches and bloodthirsty jousters isn't exactly synonymous with restraint, but organizers of this year's Texas Renaissance Festival are promoting the fair's healthy snacks. The festival, bil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2010

    Fried Beer Takes the Prize at State Fair

    Photo by Hanna RaskinFried beer​"You can't go wrong with chocolate!," a satisfied volunteer crowed upon exiting the Big Tex Choice Awards. Except, it seems, at the State Fair of Texas, where savory resoundingly trumped sweet at this morning's awards ceremony. Fried beer claimed the "most crea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2010

    Honest food at Potager and a roll of the dice at The Mercury

    Sara Kerens​This week's Dallas food bloggers learned to trust empty parking lots, took Mary into their own Bloody hands, and found peace on Earth at Potager Café and the Dallas Islamic Center. More Dallas restaurants have Gone Texan, and don't expect to find wines from any other place e ... More >>

  • Calendar

    August 26, 2010
  • Blogs

    August 25, 2010

    A Look Back at a Time When State Fair-Goers Wore Ties to the Midway and Shot the Chute

    ​Back in June, upon the occasion of the release of City Archivist John Slate's Historic Dallas Parks, I mentioned yet another history book was forthcoming from Arcadia Publishing: Willis Winters's Fair Park. At the time there was no release date set, only "closer to the State Fair of Texas," but a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2009

    State Fair of Texas Files Application to Build Giant Greenhouse, Growing Area at Fair Park

    Something like this Rough Brothers-designed greenhouse is what the State Fair of Texas has in mind.​Earlier this afternoon, I noticed on the Landmark Committee's Fair Park Task Force meeting agenda for Wednesday a most intriguing note: Someone has applied for a Certificate of Appropriateness to bu ... 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

    May 18, 2009

    Midway or All the Way? Yet Again, State Fair Officials Promise Year-Round Attractions.

    From the Fair Park Comprehensive Development Plan, dated October 2003"Provide year-round midway features: ferris wheel, carousel, roller coaster, sky ride and observation tower." So says Page 22 of 2003's Fair Park Comprehensive Plan, which offered myriad suggestions for turning Fair Park into a yea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2008

    OK, Now This Is Schadenfreude: Towing Company Gets Its License Revoked

    Looks like Mayor Tom's made good on his threat to go after Lone Star Auto Services Inc. This just in from Dallas City Hall, concerning the towing company that had those cars hauled from the parking lot during the great State Fair of Texas: Please see that attached letter which was delivered to Lone ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2008

    Dallas, We Have a New Corn Dog Eating Champion. So Proud.

    If nothing else, corny dog challenger Warren Street was able to keep his lunch down. (Patrick Michels) One of the great disputed records in sports was laid to rest Sunday afternoon at the State Fair of Texas, as last year's corn dog-eating co-champions faced off against a dozen challengers in a 10- ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 25, 2008
  • 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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2007

    How to Get Into the Baseball Hall of Fame

    Yesterday: Body Worlds. Tomorrow: Batter up. On the heels of the highly successful exhibition delving into the human body, the Dallas Museum of Nature & Science’s next endeavor will be a historic examination of baseball. In conjunction with the State Fair of Texas, starting Sept. 28 and running ... More >>

  • Calendar

    August 18, 2005
  • Calendar

    September 23, 2004

    Dog Gone

    Have a ball with the Corndog Festival

  • Culture

    October 7, 1999

    A fair question

    Can you find any art at the State Fair of Texas?

  • Calendar

    October 8, 1998

    Night & Day

    October 8 - 14, 1998

  • Calendar

    October 2, 1997
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    September 26, 1996
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