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fried-food1Does it make sense to batter and fry a perfectly delicious loaded baked potato? If you’re at the State Fair, the “Fried Food Capital of Texas,” would you have it any other way?

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75 Big-Tex

There’s no denying that Texans know how to throw a party. Whether it’s SXSW in Austin or The Great Texas Mosquito Festival in Clute, we do it right.

Published in Daytripper

Kevin Brown/State Fair of Texas

Even if you weren’t born in Texas, the State Fair of Texas will make you feel like a native in no time.

Published in EVENTS

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It takes a certain amount of audacity to deep-fry butter, bacon, and beer, but let’s face it: The State Fair of Texas is not a destination for those seeking subtle flavors (nor is it the place to kick off your new diet). The staggering variety and abundance of food, most of it designed to eat while roaming about, is not for the faint of heart. “The food at the State Fair of Texas is one of the best state fair food experiences in the country,” says Andrew Zimmern, host of the Travel Channel’s “Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern.”

Published in FOOD & DRINK

bigtexWelcome to the Fried Food Capital of Texas! aka the State Fair of Texas.

Published in FOOD & DRINK

When Big Tex caught fire during the final week of last year’s State Fair of Texas, rumors started circulating immediately regarding Tex’s replacement in 2013: Would his wardrobe be updated? Would his signature “Howdy folks” morph into something more cosmopolitan? And could he somehow look, well, friendlier?

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A friendly passerby offered to take our photo at last year's fair with Big Tex and (because of our woeful skill at midway games) the most expensive stuffed animal I've ever owned.


There's a little more than a week left to visit the State Fair of Texas, that grand showcase of food, entertainment, amusements, exhibits and Texas hospitality that lights up Dallas' Fair Park each fall.

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By Lori Moffatt


It’s time for the state fair! If it has been awhile since you’ve tasted fried peach cobbler-on-a stick, held hands on a Ferris wheel, admired the mirror-like finish on an automobile-of-the-future, caressed the silken coat of a goat, or simply joined the throngs of Texans who make the country’s largest state fair such a rollicking spectacle, we have one simple word for you: Go. It’s your duty as a Texan. Truly, the State Fair of Texas (Sep. 26-Oct. 19), which has focused attention on the state’s agriculture, industry, technology, and traditions since 1886, is an institution unlike any other.


And thanks to independent Texas filmmakers Allen Mondell and Cynthia Salzman Mondell, the fair’s appeal and history have been captured for posterity. The Mondells’ hour-long documentary A Fair to Remember features narration by über-Texan Barry Corbin, whose soothing drawl fits the tale like funnel-cake dough takes to hot oil. To create the visual aspects of the movie, Allen and Cynthia dug through thousands of images chronicling the fair from its inception, as well as years of archival and newsreel footage. They interviewed dozens of key personalities, such as Skip Fletcher, whose relatives introduced the corny dog in 1942, as well as historians knowledgeable about topics ranging from architecture and art to city planning. In documenting the fair, the film also captures the changing social mores of Texas, and of the country.


“We were astounded by the impact the fair has had on families and their traditions,” says Allen. “People told us—again and again—how they came to the fair as little ones with their parents and grandparents, and then eventually took their own kids and grandchildren.”


The film is available through the Mondells’ company Media Projects.

Learn more about the State Fair of Texas at


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