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Did You Know the Corn Dog was Invented at Fair Park in Dallas, Texas?

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Fletcher’s Corny Dogs is the first stop for nearly everyone who attends the State Fair of Texas, but did you know the iconic battered and fried wienie on a stick had its roots in Vaudeville? In fact, the corn dog was invented right here in Texas.

The Fletcher brothers invented the State Fair’s most famous fried treat after enjoying long careers as Vaudevillians. Carl and Neil Fletcher performed in a show called “The Drunkard” for several years at the State Fair of Texas, toward the end of their show business careers.

Fletcher’s Fair Booth Opens in 1942

Did You Know the Corn Dog was Invented at Fair Park in Dallas, Texas?

Photo: Fletcher’s Original Corny Dogs

In 1938, as the brothers plotted their next career move, Carl was offered an opportunity to operate a food booth at the fair. This gave the Fletchers a chance to experiment with trying something new for fairgoers. They hoped to fill the void they had noticed in types of cuisine available at the fair.

They found a local baker on Oak Lawn who served hot dogs baked in cornmeal and shaped like an ear of corn. The hot dogs had a good flavor, but the baker’s process was complicated and quite time consuming. The Fletchers experimented with the recipe, and they found frying the battered hot dog cut the cooking time considerably. It also turned the hot dog into something customers could take with them, a mobile food on a stick.

Did You Know the Corn Dog was Invented at Fair Park in Dallas, Texas?
Photo: Fletcher’s Original Corny Dogs

The brothers started selling their new creation for 15 cents from their small stand. The new dog on a stick wasn’t very successful at first. No one quite knew what to make of it, so the Fletchers cut them in half and gave away samples. They tried out several names, such as Meal on a Stick and Brown Bomber, before deciding on Fletcher’s Corny Dogs.

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