State Fair of Texas 2013

My best friend from home, over at dreaming in bubbles, drove up to visit me for the weekend. We ate our way through Dallas & shopped till we dropped…literally.

But the most fun we had was definitely at the State Fair!

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We went on Saturday, aka Red River Rivalry Game Day, aka UT vs. OU, aka the busiest day to go to the state fair.

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This fancy chart is in the food court, where we actually didn’t eat. Great tip though- buy your drinks at the Oak Farms booth in the middle of the court. All drinks are only 3 tickets there which is equal to $1.50. This is the cheapest water you will find at the fair!

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The brand new Big Tex had to get some photos in too.

Lovin’ his new boots! Too bad there not M.L. Leddy’s.

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Everyone’s gotta get a photo in front of the big guy.

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This cowboy is a national champion. He’s performed at the white house twice & here he is with an 80 foot lasso loop (I so don’t know the technical terms). It was great to watch.

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We found a nice place to sit & eat inside the Centennial building that made the fried thanksgiving dinner. So much better than eating out in the heat on the sidewalk from the other booths.

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 I definitely recommend eating in there! They had all kinds of stuff, including a burger served between 2 Krispy Kreme donuts. I mean, who doesn’t dream of that?

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But I really must recommend the fried thanksgiving dinner! It was delish & even comes with a Thanksgiving napkin. How cute is that! The balls were made of stuffing & diced up turkey. I heard from others that mashed potatoes were hiding in there too, but I didn’t taste or see anything that looked like a potato. The breading must’ve been a cornbread because it tasted just like hush puppies. They served them up with a cup of yummy cranberry sauce & gravy. All in all, this was amazing & you must try it! I’m totally planning to recreate these with Turkey Day leftovers in a month.

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Always got to take a ride on the Texas star!

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Caught this great shot of all the red & orange while we were up in the air.

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Can you tell how hot it is? Because boy was it!

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We sat for a while & enjoyed the pig races.

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This is Miss Trixie. She’s gigantic…

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Those baby piggies runnin’ around are so darn cute it almost makes me want one. Then I remember they’re still pigs & will grow up to look like Miss Trixie.

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The always glamorous Miss Elsie Cow.

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Another fantastic indoor place to grab some food. The Dock.

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This place was inside the Embarcadero building.

SONY DSCFried King Ranch Casserole. Doesn’t this look absolutely amazing?! I want to know how in the world they got a casserole breaded & fried into a Texas. This was wonderful as well, but 2nd to the Thanksgiving dinner. The breading on this seemed to be breadcrumbs or something like that. I want to make this from my leftover King Ranch sometime. It came with a handful of red, white, & blue chips and a hot sauce/sour cream dipping sauce.

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The butter sculpture this year was Big Tex being welcomed home.

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Very difficult to see due to the condensation, but you get the idea…lots of butter, 2 tons to be exact. I’d be happy there forever!

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I’ve seen this a few places around but never been in. So we went in this time. It’s pretty impressive!

Anyhow, that’s our fun day at the State Fair of Texas!

Have you been yet?

What was your favorite?

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