Today is the opening day of the State Fair of Texas. Since 1886 the fair has been welcoming people to the best and biggest state fair in the world. Other state fairs might disagree, but if you’re a true Texan it really isn’t debatable. Big Tex will once again welcome the crowds with “Howdy Folks” using his big, bold Southern drawl. Be sure to check out Big Tex’s stats at http://www.bigtex.com. Very impressive!
Growing up in Oak Cliff, you never missed the fair. You actually got a day off from school to attend. They had everything…a midway full of carnival rides and games, livestock shows, the Cotton Bowl that hosted football games and concerts, the automobile building were you could get a peek at the new cars and trucks and so much more. My favorite ride on the midway was the Comet, a wooden roller coaster that creaked and shook as you headed up that first hill which was a little over 212 feet up in the air. At the top there was a great view of the Dallas skyline if you were conscious enough to even notice! Although I was scared to death that the thing would collapse, it was the first ride I headed for every year. Another favorite ride was the Texas Star that was built in 1985. At the time it was the largest ferris wheel in North America.
Of course you can’t forget the food! As soon as you entered the midway your senses were flooded with the smells of hot dogs, French fries, BBQ, Belgium waffles, salt-water taffy and chocolate covered ice cream cones. Plus who could resist the famous Fletcher’s Corny Dogs dipped in batter and deep-fried.
I think there’s going to be a trip back to Big D and the State Fair in my future. If you’ve never been, please add it to your bucket list now. See you there!