The State Fair Returns


Avery Drake

Celebrating its 136th anniversary, the annual State Fair of Texas returns to Fair Park from Sept. 30 to Oct. 23. For many Texans, the fair marks the start of autumn, and making the yearly trip is an essential fall activity for the family. With classic food stands and attractions to this year’s new additions, it’s a good idea to make some free time in your schedule for a visit to the fair.


Fruit Roll-Wrapped Pickle, anyone? If your palette is craving the new foods at the fair this year, you won’t be disappointed. How does a Deep Fried Strawberry Shortcake sound? Or the Fat Elvis which pairs marshmallow fluff, peanut butter and jelly on a warm biscuit, then slightly toasted like s’mores. Stop by the Deep Fried Honey topped with powdered sugar and cinnamon.  If you want to try a new meal, the seafood-filled Bayou Bowl is loaded with shrimp scampi, crab meat, andouille sausage and creamy cajun sauces. Or grab a Pork Belly Burnt Ends Pizza with Sweet Heat BBQ Sauce. It’s never a successful trip to the fair without stopping at the food stands for some delicious treats.


New attractions will fill the fair this year. From a redesigned parade to brand-new rides, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Adventure junkies should check out the new Cliff Hanger ride. You’ll feel like you’re flying as the ride picks up speed, soaring up and down like you’re on a multi-occupant hand glider. Yep, you’re lying on your stomach for this ride!


The redesigned parade includes life-sized puppets and various animated characters in costumes each night at 8 pm. Kids can enjoy the new DJ dance party to burn a little extra energy. Check out a free concert while you’re there. You can catch Trace Adkins and La Mafia, Ashanti or an Elvis impersonator. And as always, your family can enjoy the return of the state fair rodeo.


Tickets are on sale now, however, you can pick up your free one-day student admission ticket from the bookkeeper.