Me vs. the State Fair of Texas

In a weekend of eating chili at the American Legion, snow cones and enchiladas at St. Ann’s Fall Festival, and learning about gardening at the Vintage Garden Market, it was also time for some fried food.

I was ready to take on the State Fair of Texas. Having attended the Wyoming, Alaska and Colorado state fairs, I had an idea of what was coming, but the husband and I both knew that in Texas, the state fair means fried food. 

At least going together, we could rationalize, “Well, we’re just eating half.” 

We started with a corn dog, that fair staple. I love them, so I have to limit myself to about two a year. It was awesome. Then we tried a fried Reese’s with ice cream. Honestly, the candy bar didn’t survive the frying process very well. It was tough and chewy. The ice cream was good.

Walking off some of that, we checked out the hand-crafted items, including quilts and butter sculptures, watched part of a hog auction, looked inside some new trucks, and listened to a couple of spiels from vendors selling all kinds of wondrous gadgets. 

It was time for some more food. I found a hot dog stand, so we split another dog, this time the unfried kind. Looking at all of the Big Tex Choice Awards, my husband decided he wanted to try the Cajun crab bombs. They cost us a lot in tickets, but they were yummy. 

I was hot, so I got some iced tea for $6, but refills were only $2. I’m a tea addict, so those $2 refills saved my bacon. Literally. It was time for some mac and cheese topped with bacon. It was good, quite filling, and I was done for the fair. We did sample some shrimp and grits, along with a waffle version of a funnel cake, that one vendor was passing out. Those were yummy. 

We wandered around and saw a lot more stuff, but honestly, it was getting really hot by then, and I had been working a lot last week, so I was out of steam. It was time to sit in some air-conditioning and drink more iced tea on the way home. We enjoyed seeing of the sights and comparing fried-food notes with the other fair-goers. On the way out, we chatted with a couple of gentlemen who took our tickets on the way in. I have to say, the staffers at the fair are truly friendly. Every time we had a question, they were helpful and pointed us in the right direction. There were plenty of security guards and police on hand, as well.

I would have to say in my self-initiated food competition against the State Fair of Texas, the fair definitely won. Out of 22 food awards at this year’s fair, we only tried one entry, and we only tried another five items out of hundreds available. 

Oh well, there’s always next year. 

Thanks for reading.

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