Still on my Fall kick, people!
So when I moved from the Northeast to Texas, I had no idea what to expect at a state fair let alone the Texas State Fair. My native Texan friends took me under their wing and gave me lots of advice... "you must go on opening day", "if you haven't had a Fletchers corny dog you haven't lived", "what do you mean you don't eat fried food?" "you must try the fried butter - it really is to die for."
Uhhh, o.k.? I will admit, I thought my sweet tour guides were certifiable. The word "fair" for me was synonymous with the Yankee Doodle Fair. What...you haven't heard of it? Well, it arrived in my hometown, Westport, Connecticut, sometime around the 4th of July and set up shop for two nights in a parking lot at the Women's Club.The excitement was electric. There were three rides, a few games and a cotton candy cart. Or the Italian Festival (best fried dough anywhere - forgetaboutit) or the Lobster Fest which drew crowds of "hundreds" over the weekend they were open.
Who said everything's bigger in Texas? I would love to meet him or her because they obviously frequented the Texas State Fair. I learned very quickly that it is so much more than corny dogs, fried food, rides and the Midway. It is a month long celebration of, everything Texas, but it is also a celebration of a time we all probably long for these days. The simple things that make life really good - - a candy apple, a petting zoo, baking contests, college football, chili cook-offs, being with friends and family and maybe most of all, tradition.
I have lived in Texas for 17 years. I hope that qualifies me as semi-native :) The State Fair of Texas opens Friday, September 29 and runs through October 22, 2017 at Fair Park in Dallas.
Hook 'em! (That's for my brother-in-law)
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