State Fair 101

Make the most of your time at the an­nual State Fair of Texas (Sept. 30-Oct. 23) with these lo­cal in­sights and es­sen­tial tips.

Where Dallas - - NEWS - BY JAIMIE SIEGLE

Nav­i­gate the an­nual State Fair of Texas like a pro with our know-be­fore-you-go guide.

Corny Dogs and Car­ni­val Rides

A Texas tra­di­tion since 1886, the State Fair of Texas is much more than just a lo­cally-loved event. An­nual at­trac­tions in­clude car­ni­val rides and games at the Mid­way, pa­rades, con­certs, cul­tural per­for­mances, live­stock shows, a pet­ting zoo, foot­ball games and more.

Of course, one’s State Fair ex­pe­ri­ence isn’t com­plete with­out three things: a‘Howdy’ from State Fair spokesper­son Big Tex (and a pic­ture to prove it!); a ride on the iconic Texas Star Fer­ris wheel; and a Fletcher’s corny dog, a Dal­las orig­i­nal cred­ited as the first pur­veyor of the clas­sic car­ni­val snack. (Pro tip: Pur­chase food, drink and ride tick­ets on­line or upon ar­rival to avoid lines or mul­ti­ple trips to ticket ven­dors.)

Texas Star Fer­ris wheel

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