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Old 10-06-07, 09:13 PM   #1
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State Fair of Texas - Ever go?

Any of you guys ever been? I know today would've been the day to be there, but it seemed like too much of a mess... Anyway, thinking of going for the last weekend? Is it fun or is it just kind of stupid?
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Old 10-06-07, 09:22 PM   #2
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OH yea...great fair. Highly recommended. Tho we generally go early in the day and stay away from the midway...but that is just a choice to beat the crowds especially on the weekend.
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Old 10-06-07, 09:27 PM   #3
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How much time do you need to do all the stuff?Thinking about driving up Fri night and then coming home Sunday.

Is it expensive? Do they nickel and dime you for everything? Is it a pain in the ass to get around?

Any other tips? Decent hotel near there to stay?
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Old 10-07-07, 12:03 AM   #4
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State Fair of Texas, eh? Largest state fair in the country? I may have heard of it...

There is tons to do. It's like any other fair, though. Mainly there for people to show off their wares. There's lot of interesting stuff to see and many scheduled events take place each day, every day is different.

Admission is reasonable. I think around $15 or so. Other than the midway, they don't nickel and dime you. Food is a little pricey but not outrageous. You have to buy most things with coupons. A coupon is worth $0.25 or $0.50. (I can't remember which) Most exhibits and shows are free of charge, this includes all the concerts.

There are several nice hotels downtown and uptown.

Be sure and get a Fletchers corny dog! They introduced the corn dog to the world nearly 70 years ago. You're best off washing it down with a glass of Shiner Bock beer.

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Old 10-07-07, 12:10 AM   #5
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I went on the last weekend of the Fair about 5 years ago and the smell of the 6 week old oil used to deep fry ANYTHING YOU CAN THINK OF made me physically ill and I had to leave. Fun other than that. Fuck TX/OU Weekend though, as someone who used to live in Deep Ellum and has interest in neither football nor college rivalry.
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Old 10-07-07, 12:15 AM   #6
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Fuck TX/OU Weekend though, as someone who used to live in Deep Ellum and has interest in neither football nor college rivalry.
Sir, please pack your shit and get the hell out of TEXAS.
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Old 10-07-07, 12:18 AM   #7
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$15 admission for an effing fair?
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Old 10-07-07, 01:03 AM   #8
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It was pretty awesome the last time I went, however I was 9 at the time.
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Old 10-07-07, 09:56 AM   #9
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Yes, a weekend would be plenty of time. I usually take about 6-8 hours stopping for a really long lunch.

You can find discounts. Newspaper, I think Dr. Pepper still does it.

We don't do the games. We watch the shows, go see all the crap they are selling which is fun. Of course the car show, which while very big, is not the ultimate. They don't usually show stuff that's not already known. They usually save that for Detroit.
Finally we like to walk through all the art stuff done by locals where they when a prize. Lot of fun and interesting stuff. Yea...you will walk through some "bed spreads" and stuff, but even them are sort of interesting.

If you are into music, check out the live music. Usually very good. My kids like the bird shows and we usually walk through some of the live stock and animals.
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Old 10-07-07, 11:40 AM   #10
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$15 admission for an effing fair?

I don't know what you think of when you think Fairs, but this one is EASILY worth a measly $15. There is a TON of stuff to do and see. I would pay $15 just for the new car exhibits myself.

Plus where else in the world can you buy a fried Snickers bar?
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Old 10-07-07, 03:55 PM   #11
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I lived in Phoenix for 5 years and we went to the Arizona state fair. What a freaking joke. It was more like a grocery store parking lot weekend carnival compared to the Texas state fair.

Besides, like I say, you should be able to find dome discounts somewhere. But if not, still worth it.

Keep in mind that while we only have it once a year, it is a permanent location, with most of building permanent. Sure they bring in some tents and stuff, but by and large it is permanent. Huge a/c buildings....
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Old 10-07-07, 05:06 PM   #12
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Yep. The fair is held at Fair Parl. Many of the structures were built for the 1936 Texas Centennial Exposition, which was a World's Fair, although the fair has been held in Fair Park since the 1880s. It's really a big deal; the local news stations generally do several of their broadcasts from the Fair, nearly every school in the area gives the kids a special day off for the fair, they even call it a Fair Day. It's an event that's on the scale of an old-time World's Fair, but they hold it every year.
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Old 10-07-07, 05:07 PM   #13
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Fuck TX/OU Weekend though, as someone who used to live in Deep Ellum and has interest in neither football nor college rivalry.
The Texan in me is offended but I have to emphasize with you. I bet that area is HELL during the various football games. (For those of you who don't know, Deep Ellum is the neighborhood that separates Downtown Dallas from Fair Park.)
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The last time I went a few years ago they had all the new cars as well. That was worth the price for me. It is also fun to people watch.
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Plus where else in the world can you buy a fried Snickers bar?
Jersey? By the way, does anyone have a good Fried Oreos recipe? I had one down the shore and it was amazing.
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The last time I went a few years ago they had all the new cars as well. That was worth the price for me. It is also fun to people watch.
They always have the new cars but don't usually have any big unveilings. I think they might have had a couple, last year, but I don't remember them being anything too exciting.
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Shiner...good stuff...
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