12 October, 2014

It's Fall, Y'all! #2: State Fair of Texas

Here I go with my 2nd "It's Fall, Y'all!" Challenge post. If you don't know, my friends Jeannette, Layci and I are challenging each other to get in the spirit of the season and blog about 30 different Fall activities we've participated in. 

One sure sign that Fall is here... the State Fair of Texas! Nothing beats insane amounts of fried food (always including, but definitely not limited to, a Fletcher's Corny Dog), games and rides!

This year was a little different than most because we decided to go on Senior Citizen day. We thought it might be the quietest day of the week and we might have the park to ourselves. We were right... at first. Suddenly around noon, it was a zoo! Basically anyone age 60 and older got in free so it was really crowded with extra large nursing home groups. It started to get really warm out and the lines got crazy long so we decided to skip a lot of our normal stops (petting zoo, dog show/pig races, Food & Fiber Pavilion, rides at Midway).

But the trip was not in vain. Some things we DID get to experience at the fair:

The Iconic (New) Big Tex

The "BIG" letters


Justin's Turn!

2014 Big Tex Award Finalists: Fried Loaded Baked Potato, Fried Gulf Shrimp BoilDeep Fried Texas Bluebonnet. The Shrimp Boil was my favorite!
 
Original State Fair Brew – Funnel Cake Ale... complete with a powder sugar rimmed cup

 
 
We bought the beer in the cutest little restaurant inside the Auto Show.

I was obsessed with these walls. Excuse the bad cell phone pictures/lighting.

What can I say? It's Texas.

This guy blows my mind EVERY. SINGLE. YEAR.

Another tradition: playing scratchers until we lose.

Another highlight was seeing the "Apparently" Kid, Noah Ritter and inadvertently following him everywhere. Record Ellen this week. I'm sure we'll be lurking in the background somewhere.
 
That pretty much summed up Justin and I's fair day. Next on our agenda was celebrating our good friend's dirty thirty at a local brewery. More weekend wrap up coming soon!

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