Ah, just a few more days until Opening Day at the State Fair of Texas! This is the second in a five-part series leading up to the Big Tex, I mean, the Big Day, and we’re already ready already. Hope you enjoy this second article in our five-part series about the Texas State Fair.

Missed yesterday’s A-E?You can find it right here.

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Fried Food and Farmer Mike

If it’s edible, you’ve probably seen it fried up and served at the State Fair of Texas. In fact, our state fair has become so synonymous with fried food, we’ve created special annual awards to recognize the best fair food (most of which is fried.) Many finalists (and even non-finalists) will be serving their Big Tex Choice Awards entries at their booths this year. Winning dishes from the past often make an appearance too and you won’t want to miss this year’s winner. Judged best in the sweet category is Arroz con Leche (Sweet Crispy Rice).

This year, Howdy Homemade made it to the finals of the Big Tex Choice Awards with their funnel cake ice cream. Stop by their booth, and if you aren’t in the mood for funnel cake ice cream, you may want to try their famous Dr. Pepper chocolate chip flavor.

Farmer Mike the Pumpkin Carver

Farmer Mike the Pumpkin Carver is a world-famous artist whose pumpkin carvings will surprise and delight you. Find him on weekends in the Errol McKoy Greenhouse on the Midway.


Go Texan and Gastronomy

The GO TEXAN Pavilion is the home of all things Texas. You’ll find food samples and food for purchase along with other educational exhibits about products native to Texas. You’ll also find this year’s Blue Ribbon Wine selection there and the State Fair Wine Garden just outside.


Cooking competitions have been going on at state and county fairs for time immemorial, and this one is no different. They make it easy to participate, and the categories this year even include tex-mex, so break out your finest salsa recipe. The State Fair of Texas food is amazing, but so is YOURS.


Hall of State

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Photo by Kristina Rowe

As far as buildings go, the Hall of State is, in a way, the jewel of Fair Park. The view of the portico and the Texas Warrior Statue from the steps outside is stunning, and it only gets more beautiful as you wander inside. The Hall of Heroes features statues of some of the giants of Texas history. You’ll find two fascinating exhibits during the fair this year: Celebrating Texas Innovation and Dallas in the Time of MLK. (Martin Luther King actually made a speech at Fair Park in 1963.)

If you attend the fair on opening day, you’ll want to be there in time for the opening ceremonies in front of the Hall of State at 7PM.


Information Booth and Innovation


Photo by Kristina Rowe

These familiar blue and red buildings are labeled Hospitality Centers, but they’re your first stop for State Fair of Texas information. One of these information booths should absolutely be your literal first stop at the fair. Pick up a copy of this year’s guide book and you’ll be delighted at what you’ll find inside. There’s a full list of food vendors with their locations plus coupons for savings on your delicious fair food. You’ll also find a map and a guide to many of the buildings and shows around Fair Park. Even longtime fairgoers know this little booklet is a must for your first trip to the fair each year.


The letter I is taking center stage this year as part of the state fair theme: Celebrating Texas Innovation. You’ll see tributes to past, present, and future innovation throughout the Dallas fairgrounds.

In case you missed it, here’s Monday’s article covering A to E of our Ultimate Guide to the State Fair of Texas.Don’t forget to stop by tomorrow to see Kristina’s spotlight on fun things to do at the state fair for J through M!

Catch all of the 2018 Texas State Fair News here.

Featured Image by Kristina Rowe

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