Of course the Fair is a showcase for future farmers and their livestock. To that end, you’ll find daily livestock tours, exhibits and shows. Almost 300 kids from across Texas will participate in the Youth Livestock Auction this year. My favorite animal event at the Fair: The daily pig races. The “squee” factor for fun and cuteness is off the charts! You can access daily events schedules here.
One of the best things about the Fair are the weird and wonderful food samplings. The Fried Margarita (circa 2006) was one of the best fun fried things I’ve ever tasted. I can’t say the same for the Fried Beer –– but you’ve got to try this stuff while you can get it, right? The food offerings at the Fair are legendary, and this year’s crop is no exception. Of course you can’t go wrong with the classic Fletcher’s Corny Dogs, but the Big Tex Award winners never disappoint.
Come hungry to try Tom Grace’s Funnel Cake Bacon Queso Burger which took home the Big Tex Award for both “Best Taste – Savory” and “Most Creative.” Grace took two fried funnel cakes for “buns,” and topped those with a burger patty, a heaping helping of crispy bacon, and gooey queso. Of course, the thing comes dusted with powdered sugar.
And if your tastes are a little more refined, check out the Cutco Celebrity Chef Kitchen. Some of the best chefs in Dallas and Fort Worth will whip up a favorite dish, which you’ll be able to sample!
ROCKING THE MIDWAY
With tons of games and more than 70 rides, the Midway offers fun for all ages to keep you entertained for hours. For a great view of the Dallas skyline, hop on the Texas Star Ferris Wheel (the largest in Texas) and for an unforgettable classic, climb aboard your favorite animal on the Dentzel Carousel.
From rock to country to gospel to soul, the lineup at the Chevrolet Main Stage has you covered. Texas favorite Pat Green, new wave nostalgia band The Spazmatics, 90s sweethearts Wilson Phillips, and more artists will light up the stage at Fair Park.
ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL?
The historic Cotton Bowl Stadium hosts the AT&T Red River Shootout between the University of Texas and the University of Oklahoma. Whether you bleed orange or you’re a Boomer Sooner, this event’s one of the most anticipated days in college football.
TIPS TO SAVE ON TIME AND MONEY
Thrifty Thursdays, offered on all four Fair Thursdays, provide you with a chance to eat all your favorites from participating vendors for far less than retail pricing!
Don’t Wait ‘Til the Gate offers advance purchases for food and ride tickets. Because you pay for food with tickets, (not money) budgeting in advance is going to help you save some cash. You can also buy season passes and family passes. Or go with a group of at least 20 friends and shave off a third of the ticket cost!
Use DART or the TRE to save on transportation; there’s a DART stop at the front door to the Fair!
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