State Fair of Texas: a fried-food frenzy for fairgoers

While this year's State Fair of Texashas passed into history, this autumn tradition continued to draw people to Dallas, as it has since 1886. Visitors came to see the sights, rides and experience new fried foods.    

Some of this year’s menu items may have sounded weird, but that didn’t stop fairgoers from trying them. Some of the new additions included the Deep Fried Chicken Noodle Soup on a Stick, Deep Fried Froot Loops and the Funnel Cake-Bacon-Queso Burger.

Deep Fried Froot Loopswere on the menu this year.

Deep Fried Froot Loopswere on the menu this year.

Jasmine Hurd, 27, has enjoyed the State Fair of Texas for the past 10 years.

“Each time my experience has been the same because I never stepped outside the box to try anything new,” said Hurd. “This year I wanted to do something different, so I tried the Fried Banana Pudding and the Fried Peanut Butter Jelly Sandwich. My favorite out of the two was the Fried Banana Pudding. I’m happy I tried something different and it wasn’t bad. I was thinking since it’s fried it was going to be nasty, but it exceeded my expectations.”

Fairgoers get excited on one of the roller coasters during the State Fair.

Fairgoers get excited on one of the roller coasters during the State Fair.

The fair features many events each year from fireworks to concerts; a chili barbecue cook-off to college football at the Cotton Bowl. These events help bring huge crowds to the State Fair of Texas.

There was also fun for families and children. Accommodations for young ones included renting strollers at three locations.

Kids under three get in for free each year. The “Kidway” and Kid's boardwalk area featured shows, face-painting and scaled-down rides and games for children.

“The rides look exciting for adults but I don’t come to the fair to ride any rides. I’m not a rider. They make me dizzy and give me a headache,” said Hurd.

The State Fair of Texas wrapped up Oct. 22.