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7 Reasons You Don’t Want to Miss Our Texas State Fair

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We Texans do love our fried food. The wonderful aromas as you walk through the gates to the fair are both unique and appetizing. Heck, we’ll fry up just about anything that comes our way and you’ll find it amazingly delicious.

Fletcher’s original corny dog should be first on your list of foods. It is a state fair tradition, introduced in the 1940s. No one can copy this masterful secret recipe. After you’ve sampled that, the sky’s the limit on deep fried foods: fried green tomatoes, pickles, corn fritters, and pork ribs. How about a fried peanut butter-jelly-and-banana sandwich, fried okra, chicken fried bacon — or how about an entire chicken fried Thanksgiving dinner ball? No kidding! If you can think it up, it’s probably here, has been fried up, and served!

Kegs of fresh old fashioned root beer can really hit the spot. There are so many choices of beverages, ice cream, or desserts. The choices are unending.

4. Live Music & Concerts

Texas State Fair concerts


Besides our wonderful food, nothing makes us Texans happier than listening to live music.  There’s always some great shows  going on throughout the fairgrounds.

The 2016 Texas State Fair concert lineup includes:

Monday, October 10 – Ben Rector, 5:30 p.m.
Friday, October 14 – The Peterson Brothers, 5:30 p.m. & 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 15 – Nelly, 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 16 – Le Freak, 3:00 p.m. & 5:30 p.m.
Friday, October 21 – The Quebe Sisters, 5:30 p.m. & 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 22 – Colton Dixon, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 22 – Skillet, 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 23 – La Energía Norteña, 3:00 p.m.

5. The Midway

An overall view shows the fairgrounds of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 20, 2008 at the "Theresienwiese" in Munich, southern Germany. Organisers of the world's largest folk festival running until 05 October expect up to six million visitors to enjoy Bavarian beer in huge tents and fun rides on the fairgrounds.AFP PHOTO DDP / JOERG KOCH GERMANY OUT (Photo credit should read JOERG KOCH/AFP/Getty Images)


Of course, the midway has games, food, and rides — and there are many sideshows along the way. It’s just a fun place to be no matter what your age may be! By the way, there’s even a man there who will try and guess your age. Several carnival barkers line the fairgrounds to entice you to their many exhibits.

6. The Auto Show