It’s that time of year again! The temperatures are in the mid-80s and the smell of fried food is in the air at the State Fair of Texas. Now that the TX/OU crowds have left Dallas, it’s the perfect time to hit the fair grounds (last day is October 23). Below are some tips and tricks to help you fully enjoy your State Fair experience!
Food Glorious Food
2011 Best Taste Winner – Buffalo Chicken in a Flapjack. This delicious dish contains a boneless spicy buffalo chicken tender wrapped in a pancake, deep fried & served with a side of syrup. It might sound weird, but it is the perfect blend of salty, spicy & sweet.
2011 Most Creative Winner – Fried Bubble Gum. We didn’t get a chance to try this one, but what we can recommend to you is the Fried Nutter Butter (see photo above). Rich, delicious & covered in powdered sugar, its everything a State Fair dessert should be.
Must Have – Everyone who attends the fair must have at least one (we had more) Fletcher’s Corny Dog. They are crispy, delicious & worth waiting in line for.
Non-Fried Option – If you’re looking for something a little less battered & deep fried, try the Cuban Sandwich at the Taste of Cuba booth. You won’t be disappointed!
Map your food tour in advance with their online Guide http://www.virtualonlineeditions.com/publication/?i=82408
Tips & Tricks
All the food & drinks can be purchased with coupons, but you need to buy a separate game pass for all the games in the Midway. So don’t buy a ton of coupons thinking you can use them on everything!
The best bathrooms are in the Coca-Cola Food Court (just past Big Tex under the Texas SkyWay). Air conditioned & clean!
Best day to go is Tuesday – admission is $4 with a Dr Pepper can, most rides are reduced to 5 coupons & the lines aren’t too bad.
Parking is a whopping $15. Be careful of the lots that don’t say “Official State Fair Parking” – there have been reports of people charging fair-goers to park in unofficial areas, and their cars have been towed.
Deals & Discounts
Kroger Advance Tickets: $14.95 – general admission. $29.95 – season pass. Purchase at the check-out counter or at the service desk. The DART Combo ticket is $17 and includes fair admission and a one-time round trip on DART.
Dr Pepper $5 after 5: Any day after 5 p.m. Bring an empty Dr Pepper can and enter for $5 after 5 p.m.
Dr Pepper $4 Tuesdays: Bring an empty Dr Pepper can and enter for $4 every Tuesday. Most rides (excluding the Thrillway and the Texas Star Ferris Wheel) are 5 coupons.
Coke $5 Thursday: Bring an empty 20 oz. bottle of a Coca-Cola product and enter for $5.
Any Day: McDonald’s has $4 off general admission coupons (can be found on tray liner or bag stuffer) any day of the Fair. They also offer free child ticket (with purchase of general admission).
Kroger $2/Can Food Drive Wednesdays: Admission is $2 for each visitor bringing 3 cans of food for area food banks on Wednesdays.
Cinemark Free Thursday Admission: Bring a Cinemark ticket stub and get free admission on Thursdays.
Seniors Day: Senior citizens (age 60 and over) may enter for free every Thursday.
Get out there & enjoy the fresh air & fried food!