Big Tex*

In seventeen short days, the first of over three million Texans and visitors from around the world will open the 2010 State Fair of Texas at the historic Fair Grounds in Dallas. The State Fair of Texas is, of course, the largest of the State Fairs in the US. Just like any other big time fair, the State Fair of Texas has all the usual attractions that fair goers have come to expect – roller coasters, the Zipper, the Texas Star Ferris Wheel (the biggest in the world, of course) and THE college football game of the year at the Cotton Bowl – those fine, outstanding young citizen scholar-athletes from the University of Texas and those dirty old rotten egg-suckin’ dawgs from the University of Texas at Norman, or as it’s properly known, Oklahoma University. Other than the Big game (Hook ’em Horns!), one of the main attractions of the State Fair is the food – fried food specifically. Wikipedia informs us “The fair has been known for years for Fletcher’s brand corny dogs. Recent years have seen the introduction of new unusual deep-fried items, including deep-fried Oreo cookies; deep-fried Twinkies; deep-fried pork ribs; fried cheesecake; deep-fried butter; deep-fried peanut butter, jelly, and banana sandwiches; and most recently a batter-based fried Coke. New foods in 2008 included chicken fried bacon and fried banana splits. The State Fair of Texas chose “Ignite Your Senses!” as the 2008 theme” This year’s big winners are fried beer and Texas Deep Fried Frito Pie . I am all over both of those! This type of Texas Fine Dining is the stuff that makes me proud to be from The Sacred Soil. This year’s State Fair of Texas opens on September 24 and runs through October 17, so you’ve got plenty of time to make plans to attend. The fried beer is waiting for you, but remember : No eating and driving!

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Hat tip to Kim Henning on Facebook