They say everything’s bigger in Texas, and this certainly rings true during the Texas State Fair. The highly anticipated annual event is a celebration of all things Texas, from mouthwatering fried treats to exhilarating rides, livestock, and attractions. This year’s fair will run from September 29th through October 22nd at Dallas Fair Park.

The Texas State Fair is an annual extravaganza held in Dallas, Texas, attracting millions of visitors from across the country. Established in 1886, this beloved event has become a quintessential Texas staple, steeped in rich history and cultural significance. It’s a showcase of the diverse heritage and lively spirit that makes Texas truly unique.

Howdy, Big Tex

When walking into the fair, you can’t miss Big Tex, the official greeter and mascot of the Texas State Fair. As the world’s tallest cowboy standing at a lofty 55 feet tall, this iconic cowboy has become an emblematic figure of Texan culture and a beloved symbol of the state fair. The inspiration for Big Tex came from the desire to create a larger-than-life representation of a Texan cowboy, embodying the hospitality and friendliness for which Texans are known.Deep Fried in the Heart of Texas: Experience the Texas State Fair

What truly brings Big Tex to life is his engaging voice, which for decades was provided by Bill Bragg, a local radio announcer. His deep, resonant voice and cheerful greetings have become an integral part of the fair experience, welcoming visitors from all around the globe.

Deep Fried Everything

One of the main highlights of the Texas State Fair is undoubtedly the diverse and indulgent culinary offerings. The fair is famous for its innovative, and sometimes peculiar food creations, often deep-fried and dripping with flavor. From classic fair staples like corn dogs and funnel cakes to unconventional treats like deep-fried butter and fried Twinkies, there’s something to satisfy every palate.

This year’s new, standout offerings include:

  • Churreos, the marriage of a churro and Oreo.
  • Deep Fried Honey Butter Brisket Swirls, a cinnamon bun meets Texas brisket.
  • Cornbread Sausage Bombs, a combination of Texans four favorite foods (cornbread, sausage, pimiento cheese, and jalapeno).
  • Deep Fried Candy Pecan Bacon Bread Pudding
  • Deep Fried Sushi Bombs, a deep-fried delicacy of sushi rice, imitation crab meat, and salmon.
  • Fried Cacio e Pepe, a crunchy twist on the cheesy Italian classic.

Take a Ride

For adrenaline junkies and amusement park fans, the Texas State Fair is a playground of rides, roller coasters, and excitement. The iconic Texas Star Ferris Wheel provides a breathtaking view of the fairgrounds, allowing visitors to see the bustling fair from above.

Cattle and Horses and Pigs – Oh My!

The Texas State Fair pays homage to the state’s agricultural heritage with an impressive array of livestock exhibits and competitions. Visitors can witness displays of cattle, horses, pigs, and more, showcasing the hard work and dedication of farmers and ranchers from their home state. The fair also hosts livestock judging contests, where the best of the best animals are recognized and rewarded.

Shake, Rattle, and Roll

Deep Fried in the Heart of Texas: Experience the Texas State Fair 1Immerse yourself in the vibrancy of Texas culture through various shows and performances. From live music showcasing Texas country, blues, and rock to traditional dance performances and talent shows, the fair is a hub of entertainment. The cultural displays offer a glimpse into the diverse traditions and talents that define the Lone Star State.

The Texas State Fair is a melting pot of everything that makes Texas unique – its rich culinary heritage, love for thrills and entertainment, respect for its roots in agriculture, and a celebration of diverse cultures. It’s an event that captures the essence of Texas, leaving visitors with cherished memories and a deeper appreciation for the state.

Parking in Dallas

If you’re visiting Dallas, we recommend having a parking plan in place. Fortunately for you, ParkMobile is available throughout the city. Make sure you download the ParkMobile app to park in town while you’re in Dallas for the fair.

To pay for zone parking using the mobile or web app, a user enters the zone number posted on signs around the parking spot, selects the amount of time needed, and touches the “Start Parking” button to begin the session. Users can also extend the time of their parking session straight from their mobile devices.