That time has come once again! Bring out those walking shoes, whip out those super stretchy pants and most of all don’t forget your wallet and get ready for the GREAT State Fair of Texas!
It’s no secret, but I’m still gonna say this anyway because as a Texan, I literally can’t keep myself from bragging about all the fried food that the fair has to offer. Forget about your diet, forget about calories and carbs, just let your soul be free. The fair only comes around once in a year right? So, just let it happen.
And I know I’m kinda late writing about the fair considering that the fair has been open since September, but better late than never lol
So, if you haven’t gone to the fair yet or you’re not from Dallas. Don’t worry, I’ll be giving you all the deets right here.
READY SET GO!
To keep it nice and simple.
The State Fair of Texas runs for one month, usually from the end of September to the end of October. The fair holds more than 100 daily shows, live music and family-friendly activities like rides and games. A trip to the State Fair of Texas provides endless amounts of fun for every guest. Every year many concessionaires spend the entire offseason concocting new foods to showcase at the State Fair and this year doesn’t disappoint.
Must-haves and Stay-away-froms
I’m not a professional chef or food critic or anything so I’m just throwing my opinions out there, to catch them or to not- the choice is yours.
But who doesn’t LOVE sweet tea?! But yall! The fair had SWEET TEA SLUSHIES! And even though it’s literally almost November, Texas weather can be crazy sometimes and it can still feel like summer. That sweet tea slushie cooled down my soul!
Most of the time I try and stick to a healthy diet, but I have to be honest, if I’m not drinking water I’m drinking sweet tea! My heart called out to this new slushie sweet tea and I absolutely loved it! But, if you’re not much of a sweet tea kind of person there are many many more drinks out there for ya.
On to the next amazing wonder of the State Fair of Texas.
Now! Let’s talk about the A M A Z I N G “Funnel Cake Bacon Cheeseburger” Yes! You read that right…
I know some of us go to Six Flags just for funnel cakes. And I know everyone loves a really good burger.
So I guess one day a genius decided to put those two things together and ya know what? I LOVED IT! So when you go to the fair don’t forget to eat it quickly! If you let it sit too long the funnel cake won’t be as soft and as delicious as it would be hot.
On to the things I wasn’t so fond of lol
I am addicted to avocados, I think they’re the best fruits ever. So, if you’re an avocado lover (like me) DO NOT TRY the fried avocado lol. I know that totally sounded confusing but I ate more fried flour than I did the avocado, I really didn’t enjoy it 🙁 Which is a bummer because I was hoping to love it considering I love avocado, but this wasn’t really that enjoyable.
Last but definitely not least, everyone who goes to the fair MUST get the turkey leg! It’ll take a lot of your tickets, but it’s definitely worth it in my opinion. Besides Thanksgiving Day, the fair is another day of the year I am able to eat turkey. Which really excites me lol.
Check out some of this year’s featured new food HERE.
Here’s how to score discounts at the State Fair of Texas
Skip the weekend crowds and plan a weekday trip to the fair to take advantage of multiple discount opportunities.
Dr Pepper Tuesdays
The next time your drinking a can of Dr Pepper, don’t trash it. Keep it. Fairgoers who bring an empty can of Dr Pepper on Tuesdays receive $6 admission. Limit one can per person. Discount may not be combined with any other offers.
North Texas Food Bank Wednesdays
Want to donate to a good cause, while also scoring a major discount on fair admission? All you have to do is bring four cans of food to donate to the North Texas Food Bank on Wednesdays and in return you’ll receive $4 admission. Limit one donation (4 cans) per person. Discount may not be combined with any other offers.
Similar to the Dr Pepper Tuesdays promotion, fairgoers who bring an empty 20-ounce bottle of any Coca-Cola product on Thursdays will receive $7 admission. Limit one bottle per person. Discount may not be combined with any other offers.
Senior citizens (age 60 and older) who stop by the fair on Thursdays will receive free admission. Discount may not be combined with any other offers.
First Responders Day
On Oct. 13, a Friday, the State Fair of Texas will honor all current and retired first responders (including public law enforcement officers, firefighters, paramedics and employees of other emergency services agencies) with free admission when they a present a valid badge or ID card from their department or organization.
The promotion also extends to first responder family members (limit three people). Valid documentation must be presented at the gate.
Score promotions and discounts no matter which day of the week you visit the fair.
Download the DART GOPass to buy discounted general admission ($16) and child/senior tickets ($12). Tickets are then scanned off your mobile device at the gate.
Stop by your local Kroger to purchase discounted general admission tickets ($16.50) and season passes ($34.95). Tickets can be purchased at the checkout counter or at the service desk. Each season pass includes one single-day, bring-a-friend ticket (good for use Monday-Friday).
McDonald’s locations across North Texas will be handing out discount coupons on tray liners and bag stuffers. Coupons can be redeemed for $5 off a general admission ticket or half off a children’s ticket (with purchase of a general admission ticket). Limit one coupon per person. Discount may not be combined with any other offers.
Ride and Food Discounts
Get your thrills at a discount Tuesdays when the price of most midway rides is reduced. The promotion excludes the Thrillway and the Texas Star.
Eat to your heart’s content Thursdays when the fair offers special pricing on select food items, including fair classics like corny dogs, cotton candy and funnel cakes. Participating food vendors also will be offering discounts on a signature menu items, ranging from mini versions to regular-size items.