Deep-fried dreams come true at the great State Fair of Texas

The State Fair of Texas is here and you do not want to miss it. The fair will be taking place through Sunday, Oct. 22. There will be activities for people of all ages to enjoy.

A car show will feature a variety of vehicles from Chevrolet and Ford to KIA and Fiat, cars and trucks. If new cars are not your cup of tea there will be a section of the State Fair exclusively for the classic beauties from various car clubs attending the fair including domestics, imports, muscle cars and motorcycles.

The Texas Star Ferris wheel once again provides the best view of a sprawling fairgrounds. 

The Texas Star Ferris wheel once again provides the best view of a sprawling fairgrounds. 

When talking about the State Fair of Texas, college football can’t be ignored. Two games will take place during the fair: Prairie View A&M University vs. Grambling State University and the University of Texas vs. University of Oklahoma. Prairie View vs. Grambling will take place on Saturday, Oct. 7. The Texas vs. Oklahoma game will take place on Saturday, Oct. 14. Tickets can be purchased through each university’s athletic office.

The State Fair of Texas also has a vast amount of entertainment to enjoy. There will be live music every day. There will be pig races, basketball slam dunk shows, an illumination show, a starlight parade and more. The midway, featuring more than 70 rides, will be open throughout the fair.

There will be a place for children to pet animals or be a part of the Backyard Circus where they can dress up and be a part of the show. They can walk through the Kid’s Boardwalk and participate in kid-friendly games and activities.

Children can also participate in farming exhibitions including Little Hands on the Farm, Kids’ Pedal Tractor Pull, Children’s Health Barnyard and Discovery Farm.

If you get hungry there are lots of food choices. Deep Fried Froot Loops, Gulf Coast Fish Bowl, Surfin’ Turfin’ Tator Boat, The Tamale Donut and Chicken Jalapeno Toppers are just a tip of the iceberg of what’s new at the fair this year. The regulars will still be there too like corny dogs and Belgian waffles.

The funnel cake bacon queso burger is one of the 2017 Big Tex Choice Awards winners.

The funnel cake bacon queso burger is one of the 2017 Big Tex Choice Awards winners.

Regular admission for the State Fair is $16, but if you’re a student from any of the DCCCD community colleges you can buy tickets for $12 (plus a $3 order fee), which includes free parking. To purchase online, visit: www.richlandcollege.edu/services/onlineservices/newsletters/aug/pages/statefair.aspx.

Whether a student or not, you can also bring an empty Dr Pepper can any day of the State Fair after 5 p.m. to get half-price admission. There are also many other discounts available: bigtex.com/discounts/.

More information about the State Fair of Texas is available at: bigtex.com/.