State Fair On Fall To-do List

Anh Trinh, Editor

When Pumpkin Spice Lattes are put back on menus and weather becomes cool enough for a light jacket, every Texan knows it’s almost time to visit The State Fair of Texas, the must-see fall destination. I had the opportunity to go twice, once during the day and another at night. Even though both visits to the Fair Park site in Dallas were entirely different, they were still unique in their own ways.

Established in 1886, The State Fair of Texas is a family-friendly event that promotes agriculture, education and community togetherness from their opening day, Sept. 29 to Oct. 22. It has a range of activities for its visitors like game booths, park rides, exhibits and the main reason Texans come from all over: food.

Fried foods are an essential to any fair, but Texans take it to the extreme, offering as many fried options as there were non-fried. The amount of choices was overwhelming. Every booth I passed was another opportunity to stuff my face full of fattening foods. After trying various items, I came to the conclusion that the classic fried Oreos will forever be a winner and that everything at the fair is very overpriced. For those that aren’t as adventurous, the fair still had all the classics like Fletcher’s Corny Dogs, gigantic turkey legs and mouth-watering burgers.

The State Fair is a great place to bring younger children if Six Flags Over Texas is too crazy. Each ride is around 10 coupons, which is equal to $5 per person. The price is pretty steep, but if you came from across the state, the splurge is definitely justified. Some rides are not as kid friendly, but for the most part they aren’t too extreme.

When I went at night I saw the Mattress Firm Illumination Sensation, a combination of dancing waters and fireworks and the Nightly Starlight Parade, which consisted of lit floats and music. I also saw Texas A&M University’s band perform.

Because the fair can be very hectic, I recommend families with small children go during the day. Not all the fun happens at night. During the day, there are plenty of shows that will keep you and your family busy like the ZuZu African Acrobats, the animal exhibits and the Lone Star Stampede.

Starting at $10 for 20 coupons and $18 for general admission, the state fair prices are pretty steep. It’s a little understandable because it only is open for 24 days a year. The tickets given by the school only work during the weekdays, so make sure to plan your trip around that. If you are thinking about bringing your whole family, be prepared to spend a lot of money. If you’re just paying for yourself while going with a group of friends, expect to spend $50.

The State Fair of Texas is a wonderful place for friend groups or families to visit. With all of the events and because of its close proximity, the trip would definitely be worth your time to go and experience the history of Texas.