The Chinese Lantern Festival is Coming to the State Fair, and it Looks Awesome

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Chances are, whether you consider yourself a "foodie" or not, you've heard so much about this year's State Fair of Texas food offerings that you can easily name at least three of the eight finalists, which vied yesterday for a Big Tex Choice Award. Trying to steal that thunder is about as futile as arguing with Clint Eastwood's chair.

But we just learned that there are things to do at the State Fair other than clog arteries and sit bloated under the beating sun, sodium coursing through our veins. Sure, everyone knows about the Lone Star Cougar Club's Classic Corral, and it isn't difficult to find kid-friendly events that will tire out the little'uns enough that you can maybe watch a full episode of Dexter uninterrupted when you get home. You're still going to have to forcefully maintain a positive attitude amidst the pervasive smell of manure while your Precious Bundles gleefully check out pygmy goats and llamas for the first time, there's no getting around that. But this year, there's a new arts/culture event that has us by the jugular: the Chinese Lantern Festival.

The festival makes its Southwest debut this year at the Lagoon at Fair Park, and it looks incredible.

There will be an "110-yard-long, larger-than-life dragon made from 15,000 porcelain dishes tied together by hand," among other massive lanterns, emblazoning the night sky like a Katy Perry song you can't get out of your head. It also includes live performances and a marketplace with handcrafted "Old World" goods. Check out these photos, all from chineselanternfestival.com.

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