The Texas State Fair.
Mike's cousin got married in Plano in October, so we decided to make a whole weekend out of the trip (the long drive seemed to justify it) and see what the State Fair was all about.
We stayed at my dear friend Simini's parents' home in the Dallas area. (Thank you, Jani!) I really like the Metroplex. Yeah, it's huge, but it's very pretty (read: green!) and there are so many grocery stores. Don't get me wrong, I like HEB, but it was nice to see a Kroger and some place called Tom Thumb. You know. Just... other stores.
|Kroger calls shopping carts "bascarts"??? Insert off-color joke about illegitimacy here.|
We went to the fair on a Friday, before kids got out of school. I'm glad we didn't have to fight any crowds. It was unholy hot, though. That was a bummer. At least they have the good sense to hold the state fair in October and not, say, July.
The verdict: we're glad we can say we went, but small town fairs are probably more our style.
|The Texas fascination with putting cowboy gear on their bathroom signs continues. (Remember that Spurs game we went to? Yep.)|
|So, state fairs. Fried food. Good: deep-fried bacon cinnamon rolls. Great: deconstructed deep-fried jambalaya. Bad: deep-friend pepperoni pizza.|
Everything was pretty pricey. We pre-purchased our tickets, so we saved a few bucks there. But add on a $15 parking fee, and the fact that no food items at the fair are less than $4, and the whole enterprise becomes a little expensive. Mike and I both commented that for some families, a day at the fair is the one big thing the family will do all year.
And, excepting the food booths and carnival rides and games, most of the fair is quite commercial. I thought the car show would be a display of restored cars or hot rods. But it was just the latest line of all the big car manufacturers.
|Michael was displeased. (That's the new Beetle with a map of Texas in the front and the state flag on the rear.)|
Just looking at this picture reminds me how dang hot we were.
|The Girl Scouts display at the Hall of State was fascinating and a high point for me. Also, AC. So.|
|Oh my gosh, I love this man.|
The food and dairy tent was a highlight, too. We sampled a lot of products but our favorite thing was the raw honey from the North Dallas Honey Co. (now Nature Nate's). It was so clean and fresh, not cloying at all. And the texture was thinner than standard honey. Delicious.
|Jammin' on the electric bagpipes. Oh, Texas State Fair. You're so silly.|
|Mike snapped a photo of me and Charlie with Big Tex. He burned down a week later. Sad.|
|Pooped little baby.|