The State of the Fair in Texas

It was a beautiful day and I was excited to make my first trip to the State Fair of Texas. In Brazil, where I grew up, we didn’t have this kind of fair. My expectations were high. Maybe that was the problem. 

My Sunday got off to a bad start when my friend canceled on me. I had to decide how I was going to get to the fair. I don’t know the city and I don’t drive. According to Google, I couldn’t get there from my home by train. If I wanted to get there early, the bus was not an option either. 

Since I wanted to have a new experience, I decided to try new things all day. If you had asked me when I was 16, I probably would have said that it was a sign to stay home. But I’m 22 now, so I requested a driver on the Lyft app and waited, excited about all the things I had heard about the fair.

My first thought when I got there was that this place is huge. I chose the wrong day to wear my boots. My objectives were to check “The Taylor Swift Experience” and eat cookie fries. 

I’m not good at maps. It took me a while to figure out where I was and where I wanted to go. I entered through the main entrance by the train station and located my first stop. I was excited about “The Taylor Swift Experience.” Although she wasn’t there, I had a lot of fun checking Taylor’s awards and the outfits she wore in some of her most memorable moments on the red carpet, in concerts, in video clips and during appearances on award shows. 

Next, I chose the Texas Ice House for lunch. Big mistake. The food was amazing (I had probably the best strawberry lemonade of my life), but a burger and a drink cost 33 of my 40 coupons (one coupon = 50 cents).

My next stop was the “Wild West Pet Palooza.” My main motivation to watch was resting my feet but I’m glad I went in. The attraction was surprisingly good; trained dogs, cats, ducks, pigs and different kinds of birds did an amazing job entertaining an audience of children and adults watching it under the hot Texas sun.

From there, my hunt for cookie fries was back on. I found out that the booth where this precious treasure was located was close to where I started my journey. I finally got them but was disappointed for so many reasons. They were not as good as I expected. They weren’t worth 14 coupons ($7) for such a small portion. 

On my way to the exit, I saw the Marine Corps parade and they played beautifully. I thought it was a perfect ending to my day at the fair. I used the opportunity to sit and rest a little bit. 

Summing up my experience, I would say overall I had a goodtime. The State Fair is definitely a money machine with weird fried food and really good free attractions. 

A couple of suggestions though;  if you are going, wear comfortable shoes and bring plenty of money.  


See you next time Big Tex.