It’s fall y’all! In Texas, October brings the first signs of autumn and with it the Texas State Fair. State fairs are mostly spread out from August through October. The Texas state fair brings 3.5 million visitors during its 24 day run.
State fairs are magical and here’s why you should go:
- It’s old-school fun!
- The adorable people and animals you see. Where else do you have the chance to see a two–headed turtle, the world’s smallest horse, or the Wild West Pet Palooza?
- The colorful, light up parades that happen with over 500 pyro shots nightly.
- You get to eat corny dogs, funnel cakes and cotton candy like it’s something we do everyday.
- The Ferris wheel and flying swings. Wheee!
- The carnival midway: arcade games and the chance for your hero to win you something. Or for you to win him something.
- (As a sports enthusiast) you get to watch crazy sports like pig and barrel racing. They also have insanely cool stunts and performers like the Zuzu African Acrobats and the Lords of Gravity basketball slam-dunk show.
- There are gravity-defying death traps to ride, and don’t miss getting your picture on Crazy Mouse.
- The rodeos, competitions, livestock and country music concerts.
- Cooking classes, the craft pavilion, the chainsaw carver, and the amazing Farmer Mike, the Pumpkin Carver.
- You can purchase a Texas Strong button for $2 that supports Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.
It’s one of my favorite, fun, fairtastic, fall experiences. It’s like being dropped into the middle of Charlotte’s Web, and what’s better than that?
As a side note: there are vegetarian offerings and LOTS of walking involved in an outing at the fair, which helps you get your steps in for the day. The fair also awards around $1.3 million in scholarships to 217 graduating seniors, donates more than 267,000lbs of canned food to local food banks, provides more than 6,000 seasonal jobs, and provided 1,100 school supply backpacks to Dallas students.