“Since its inception in 1886, the State Fair of Texas has celebrated all things Texan by promoting agriculture, education, and community involvement through quality entertainment in a family-friendly environment. The State Fair of Texas is a non-profit organization with all proceeds helping to preserve and improve Fair Park and underwrite museum, community and scholarship programs for inner city youth and students pursuing agricultural careers.” (bigtex.com)
The State Fair of Texas 2014 opened on the 26th of September and lasted until the 19th of October. My family planned on going some time within the first week of its opening but ended up going on a much later date just because we had to wait until the weather was good and warm.
It was my very first state fair experience (as well as my daughter’s) since arriving in the United States.
Having generated an estimated $41 million in total coupon sales for food and rides, the State Fair of Texas 2014 was the most successful fair to date since it started in 1886. The previous record was set in 2010 with $37.3 million.
The State Fair of Texas is a big deal among Texans – a fact made obvious by the months of preparations, the number of people participating, and the elaborate treats that await every fair-goer – because to Texans, this event is not just an annual event where they can showcase their products or services.
For over a century, the State Fair of Texas has served as a venue where Texans come together and collectively express in their own unique and authentically “Texan” way just how proud they truly are to be a Texan. To emphasize this sense of Texas pride, the State Fair of Texas 2014 was themed “Deep in the Heart of Texans.”
As with any event similar to this, the Texas State Fair obviously aims to help promote Texas businesses and help Texan Entrepreneurs turn a good profit. However, the State Fair of Texas isn’t only about making money; it also aims to give back to the community. As a way of giving back, the State Fair of Texas 2014 offered a variety of discounts to fairgoers throughout the length of the Fair.
Through these special discounts (most especially the Can Food Drive), the State Fair of Texas 2014 was able to generate a grand total of 242,001 pounds of food – all of which will be donated to the North Texas Food Bank. Now, that’s the Texan Spirit!
So from this point on, it’s photo overload!!!
The Fair Highlights and Map
Okay… Let’s do this!
The car looked perfect for Arra.
Purchasing our coupons – which were used for the rides, buying food, and other activities.
This was the first ride we got on. I screamed a lot!!!
Only Arra was brave enough to try this insane ride!
We got on the cable car too, which gave us a good view of the entire fair grounds.
Arra looks so happy and content! Notice the Fair Map & Guide that she’s holding? She was our self-appointed Navigator & Fair Tour Guide. Hahaha!
They had there roller coaster rides, if I remember correctly. I don’t think this was the biggest one they had though.
Now comes the FOOD!!!
First, Big Daddy introduced us to Salt Water Taffy.
Mine was something with Peanut Butter flavor (I can’t remember what flavor the white part was). It was so yummy!!! Arra had the Coconut. I think Big Daddy’s was the Strawberry.
Then, somebody told us not to miss the famous Fletcher’s Corny Dogs.
So we made sure we didn’t.
Hahaha! I remember taking this shot… Big Daddy and Arra were extremely hungry and couldn’t wait to gobble down their corn dogs but I had to stop them and make them wait a little longer so I could take this shot. Behind the smiling faces were two people who were secretly wishing I would drop my cam! Hahaha!
After the Corny Dogs, we went to try the Funnel Cake. There was a long line for the funnel cakes so we had to wait about ten minutes for our order.
This was our Funnel Cake. it was so delicious! Amazing!!!
We also thought about trying other food, but we were so stuffed and we didn’t want to throw up on the rides.
So we decided to keep moving…
…and while our food was digesting in our bellies, we relaxed and enjoyed the view of the Dallas Skyline atop the Texas Star.
The Dallas Skyline
This ride was called the Kamikaze. It wasn’t my most favorite ride at the fair (that was the Bumper Cars) but this one was the scariest ride I’ve EVER been on! It was fun, yeah, but it made me sick to my stomach after it was all over.
I still have so much to share with you guys about the State Fair of Texas 2014, but that would have to be saved for another post. Meanwhile, thank y’all so much for reading this post. Please stay tuned for Part 2!
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