1. Eat, Eat, Eat!
The State Fair is known throughout the United States for its crazy creations of fried food. This year they have the award winning: cotton candy tacos, fried arroz con leche, and something called Fernie’s Hoppin’ John Cake with Jackpot Sauce. The main attraction at this state fair is trying as much fried food as your body can handle!
2. Get buzzed!
The State Fair doesn’t only come up with crazy foods, they also have new drinks that bring a whole new level of fun to drinking!! From drinks like Corn Dog Ale (sounds gross but don’t knock it til you try it!) to the less gross sounding Kool-Aid Pickle-Dilly Sangria, the choices are endless. Make sure you drink responsibility!
3. Get on the rides!
I’m someone who hates roller coasters or anything that spins me, so this recommendation doesn’t really apply to me, but when I’m forced to go on, they actually have a fun variety. My favorite is the Sparkletts Log Flume.
4. Walk through the livestock barns!
A lot of people don’t know that you can go through the barns and see the livestock up close. It’s one of my favorite things to do, you can see cattle, horses, pigs, sheep and many other animals, like puppies, kittens and bunnies for your cuteness enjoyment.
5. Attend one of the many concerts the State Fair hosts
The State Fair, just like Houston Rodeo, hosts a bunch of different artists that play concerts in the State Fair, but unlike the Houston Rodeo, you don’t have to pay. They have open arenas where you can sit and relax on the lawn and watch the show.
6. Take a picture with Big Tex
If you didn’t take a picture with Big Tex, did you really go to the State Fair? Its hard to get a good picture without crowds of people in the background of your shot, but that’s what makes the State Fair experience real.
7. Ride the Texas Ferris Wheel
This is completely different from riding the rides. The Ferris Wheel is a Dallas staple, and ties in the whole State Fair experience. It can be scary for those afraid of heights but the view is breathtaking. Try going at night (with ya boo) for a romantic, starry view of the beautiful Dallas skyline.
8. Stay for the Starlight parade
The starlight parade takes place at night of the State Fair and it’s adorable. The parade includes illuminate floats, stilt walkers and animated characters for the kiddos. It’s the perfect ending to your State Fair experience.