Friday, October 22, 2010

Don't miss it, don't even be late!

A few weeks ago, my husband and I visited the Texas State Fair. I had never been and hubby hadn't been since middle school, so we thought it was time. It was big, though having been to the Iowa State Fair many times, the size wasn't just overwhelming. We consumed all the requisite fair food... tried fried cheesecake, had some Fletcher's corny dogs (they say they're the oldest, but everyone knows the Pronto Pups at the MN State Fair were really the first corn dogs...) and had to get some cheese curds (I get cheese curd cravings about weekly and I really wish we lived closer to Wisconsin!) We didn't try the fried beer but hubby did later when he visited with some co-workers... he didn't rave about it. Check out the goodies we tried:

Fair Food!

The coolest thing about the fair (at least I thought) is the architecture! Turns out, Fair Park in Dallas has the largest collection of Art Deco exposition buildings in the world! Who'da thunk? They were built for the 1936 World's Fair, held in Dallas to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the Texas Republic. According to the website, Fair Park is the only unaltered pre-1950s world fair site remaining in the United States. I feel like this is an aspect that could definitely be played up during the fair. It's too bad that you could attend the fair and not know anything about the area's unique history and architecture. Besides the yearly State Fair, Fair Park is home to the Cotton Bowl, Texas Discovery Gardens and a variety of museums, including the Museum of Nature and Science, the African American Museum and the Women's Museum. Be sure to check it out if you're ever in the area!
Fair Park in Dallas

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