First experience at the Texas State Fair

I went to the Texas State Fair for the first time on Oct. 7. I was quite curious about the event that everyone was talking about; the fact that people go there for the fatty fried foods and the popular and scrumptious big turkey legs. I was looking forward to the experience.

 The swing ride on the Midway illuminates the night at The Texas State Fair, which continues through Oct. 22 at Dallas Fair Park. 

The swing ride on the Midway illuminates the night at The Texas State Fair, which continues through Oct. 22 at Dallas Fair Park. 

When I arrived, I wasn’t surprised by the size of the crowd because the Texas State Fair is the biggest one in the U. S. I considered my options with the many fried food stands but what really caught my eye was a U.S. Marine Drum and Bugle Corps playing for the public. I remember telling myself, "that’s cool!" And then I felt bad for them, having to wear uniforms in such hot weather. I really respect them!

 A puppet show at the kids' boardwalk is an option for families with children.

A puppet show at the kids' boardwalk is an option for families with children.

I joined my friend, Aly Rodrigues, who showed me Big Tex, a 55-foot-tall statue and marketing icon of the annual event. I found it typically American and more typically Texan. I have to admit, I didn’t fully enjoy the food experience. I tasted a turkey leg which was good but nothing unusual. I heard a lot of people talking about how expensive it is to eat at the fair, so I ate at home before heading out. 

Fair Park is huge and there are a lot of attractions. We walked by the kids’ boardwalk and later spent some time at the car show to enjoy the air conditioning for a little bit. 

 The Toyota FV2 Concept is one of many attractions at one of the indoor exhibitions. 

The Toyota FV2 Concept is one of many attractions at one of the indoor exhibitions. 

Aly, Kammonke and I decided to go to the Midway and I adored it! I tried two or three rides, which reminded me of an annual event we have in Paris that we call "La Foire Du Trone." It was a déjà vu experience that made me feel right at home. We tried to go to the Ferris wheel, but the line was long and we spent about 30 to 40 minutes waiting before we gave up. It was late on a Sunday and we all use public transportation to get home, so we wrapped up our visit.

The Texas State Fair is really fun, but if you ask me, I enjoyed my first State Fair experience not so much for the food or the rides, but because I was with good friends, having good moments. That I'll buy every time.