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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The One About The State Fair Of Texas {2012}

I love the Texas State Fair, love it! Growing up going to the state fair was always a big event for my family. We didn’t take vacations every year like some families would but instead we would always spend an entire day at the fair. I was homeschooled and so most of the time we would go during the week which was a great time to go. We would get there when the fair opened and stay until it closed each night. We did everything; ate fried food, saw the exhibits, rode a few rides, watched the shows, went to the petting zoo, looked at all the cars, went to see the art work and canning competitions, saw the parade, we did it all! I have so many great memories of fair day from growing up, so naturally that has carried over into my adult life. And thankfully Alex is more than willing to oblige in my crazy stay at the fair and eat awful food all day fun!

I must warn you, there are lots of pictures so I will try not to put too many words in….

It was actually a really cold and overcast day on Saturday but I think in the long run that deterred some of the normal Saturday crowd from coming out and so I was not about to complain.

Alex and I rode the train down to the fair (love my public transportation!) And we got there right as it opened. The first thing I had on my mind was to find a corny dog – I had run 10 miles that morning and forgot to eat anything before or afterwards in all my state fair excitement so I was starving!

We made our way through some of the car buildings and I had to get a picture in a car in honor of my sisters. As kids we would always spend so much time fighting with each other over who got to drive what car and who would get what car when they were older. Good times!

Ahhh heaven on a stick!

We also may have had fried s’mores and fried lemonade for after breakfast snacks…

We met up with some of our friends and walked around the rabbit judging room before heading into the arena for the dog show.

After the dog show we went through the petting zoo. I absolutely love the petting zoo and I think this is one of my favorite things year after year.

Most of the rest of the day was either spent eating or walking, and thankfully there was lots of walking involved!

We rode the Texas Star and had pictures made in front of Big Tex, and then ate more fried food.

We saw the Marine Corp play and went to the pig races, and then ate more fried food!

Alex and I went through a fun house full of bubbles – my sisters and I always loved fun houses and I think that while they are really cheesy they are so fun!

By the end of the night we were both so tired and exhausted and I’m not sure I would have been able to eat another bite! In fact, I threw away most of my fried pecan pie because I was just so full.

Favorite of the day: definitely the Green Goblin. This was my favorite last year and I still really like it.

from 2011

Least favorite: Fried Mac & Cheese. This was a total disappointment

Favorite Dessert: Fried Pecan Pie for sure!

Most Creative/Interesting: Cactus Bites.

There were so many other things we didn’t get to try, like bacon cinnamon rolls and fried biscuits and gravy… I would have also really like to have the fried cookie dough again but I clearly had to limit myself!

I want to make note of the fact that I in no way support these types of eating habits, nor do I ever eat this much food in one day. I try to eat as healthy as possible at all my meals. This was a special occasion and one of the main reasons I go to the fair is to try the food. And while it may seem like I had a lot of food most of it was shared either between 2 or 4 people, so I would have 1 to 2 bites of each thing. Please don’t mistake my eating habits in this one post as what I do on a normal basis.


Erin said...

I've lived in Texas almost 8 years and have never been to the State Fair - I need to change that! I didn't realize it was so elaborate! And, I have to say I just ate lunch but those pictures had my mouth watering!

I have to say I've heard of a lot of fried food, but fried lemonade is a first. I really want to try to Green Goblin and Picnic on a Stick!!

Rain said...

Yum....I love fried foods...I haven't been to the fair either! Looks like fun! I love the petting zoo....

I think my fav from all your pics is the pecan pie...that sounds SOOOOOO good!!!!!

Michelle said...

Cute blog! I have never been to a state fair... maybe because I have only lived in the States for 2 years? We will be back soon and living in Colorado so maybe they have one. Looks like fun :)

Tyly said...

Ugh, I am SO jealous! I have always wanted to go to the State Fair!!! My number #1 reason? FRIED DELICIOUSNESS!!!!! :)