Deep-fried Texas oatmeal pie. Fletcher’s Corny Dogs. Cotton Candyritas. Deep-fried sushi bombs. What do all of these yummy-sounding food concoctions have in common? You can find them all at the State Fair of Texas, along with dozens of other mouth-watering creations that will leave you wondering what else you can toss in the deep fryer. If you’ve never been to the Great State Fair of Texas, you’re in for a treat- literally!
The State Fair is so much more than just mouth-watering food creations, though. The State Fair also has midway rides, car displays, animals, live entertainment and so much more. You could easily spend an entire weekend shopping, eating and playing and still not see and do everything at the fair. If you’ve never been to the Great State Fair of Texas, here is your 2023 cheat list and list of reasons you need to make this the year you make it to the fair!
Sure, the State Fair is family-friendly. Kids need to eat, right? And who doesn’t love riding rides? But there is so much to do at the State Fair that doesn’t require spending additional money. This year, kids will be amazed by the 10 life-sized dinosaurs hanging out at Dinosaur Lagoon, just begging to be oohed and aahed at. After your kids take in the dinosaurs, head over to the Fringe Stage for a number of entertaining acts the kids will love, such as the Soap Bubble Circus, the Street Circus, the Acrobuffos (a water balloon fit in a show format!) and so much more.
The State Fair always attracts some big-name artists, such as Bowling for Soup and Cielo Green, but there are so many great acts that perform at the State Fair you’ll have to just pick a concert and enjoy. From country music to Tejano and rock music to alternative, there is literally something for everyone on one of the three stages scattered throughout Fair Park. See the schedule here and get ready to rock.
If cars are your thing, then the State Fair is the place to be. Test drive a number of Chevy vehicles, including the coveted Corvette, during your time at the Fair. Then wander through the Texas Auto Show to learn about vehicles from most major manufacturers, including Ford, Buick, Jeep, Chrysler, Toyota and more. The auto show is free with your fair admission and the buildings are air conditioned so they are a great space for everyone.
It wouldn’t be a trip to the fair without time for a couple of rides. Whether you want to ride on the Texas Star Ferris wheel or take a turn on one of the more than 50 thrilling rides that line the midway, you’re sure to have a blast. The price for each ride varies, and you can use the same coupons you use for food on the midway rides. Maybe just don’t do food right before rides… Seems like a recipe for disaster!
The animal barns at the state fair are a great way to learn about animals. Head over to the birthing barn if you want to see the miracle of life in action, or stop by Livestock 101 to ask questions and learn everything you could possibly want to know about livestock. There are also numerous areas where kids can pet and interact with animals for an ultimate fun experience for all.
Kick your feet up and relax after a long day or weekend spent at the State Fair of Texas visiting with Big Tex and partaking in all the folly. Consider booking a stay at Shady Creek RV in Aubrey, Texas. Located in Dallas’ northern suburbs, Shady Creek RV in Aubrey is a spectacular place to call home for a few days (or even a few weeks!). Fish in a private pond or hit up the swimming pool in warmer weather. Relax with access to a number of deluxe amenities at your disposal, including a fitness studio, fast WiFi and more. You’ll feel right at home at this new home-away-from home in North Texas!