Saturday, October 6, 2018


It’s one of my favorite times of year! Not only is the weather turning cooler, but there are fairs aplenty. One worthy of telling you about is State Fair of Texas at Fair Park , just two miles east of downtown Dallas. It’s, like, a big(Texas-size) deal.

Fairs might not be a big deal in your state, but in Texas, the State Fair of Texas is like a holiday. Through the promotion of agriculture, education, and community, the State Fair of Texas truly embodies the heart and soul of the Lone Star State.

Did you know some people come to the fair just for the food? I do! I mean, they do! Regardless, we can all agree that a Fletcher’s corn dog is a must - they never taste as good as they do at the state fair. There’s nothing quite like biting into a crunchy, savory, golden corn dog and worth every ticket. But this place goes beyond even that. There is a true madness for fried food concoctions that blows my mind: Deep Fried Fruit Loops, Funnel Cake Bacon Queso Burger, The Tamale Donut, Deep Fried Butter, Smoky Bacon Margarita and Fried Beer.

One must oblige to a photo with the iconic Big Tex – he’s been Photo Bombing since 1952. Tex is the tallest cowboy in the world and he's also a good meeting area if you’re connecting with friends or otherwise lose sight of someone in your party.

The architecture lover in me also took pleasure looking at the Creative Arts Buildings. This is actually the largest collection of Art Deco in the country. Too, there’s a giant butter sculpture with a different theme each year, a photography contest, and many other art contest categories. You can spend a good chunk of time wandering the isles and admiring the creativity the people of Texas have to offer.

All of that being said, still, my favorite part of the fair is the Little Hands on the Farm exhibit. Farm fun for the whole family, including up close personal experiences with the animals, egg collecting, seed planting, tractor pulls, and so much more. Oh, and don't miss the piglets in the birthing barn!


On Opening Day, fair-goers can grab tickets for only $9 by bringing a full 20 oz. bottle of Dasani water or a full 20 oz. Coca-Cola product to the gate. Make sure these drinks are unopened! Donations benefit the North Texas FoodBank. One donation per person. This discount may not be combined with any other offers

In addition, in honor of Military Appreciation Day, the Fair will be offering free admission to all active military, retired military, and veterans. Spouses of service men and women with a valid Military Spouse ID and accompanying children under the age of 18 also receive free admission. This deal is in partnership with Texas Lottery Commission.

First Responders Day:
The Fair will recognize all first responders and their contributions to the community with a special day honoring their service. The Fair will be offering free admission to all active and retired public law enforcement, firefighters, paramedics, and other emergency service agencies when they present a valid badge or ID from their department or organization. Also, up to three admission tickets will be available for their family members.

Dr. Pepper Half-Price Tuesdays:
Bring an empty Dr. Pepper can and get an admission ticket for only $9. One can per person. This discount may not be combined with any other offers.

Plus, most rides are reduced price on Tuesdays at the Midway. Midway discounts exclude the Thrillway and the Texas Star.

Donation Wednesdays:
Bring four cans of food to the Fair gates as a donation towards the North Texas Food Bank on any Wednesday and receive an admission ticket for only $4. One four-can donation per person. This discount may not be combined with any other offers.

Senior / Thrifty Thursdays:
Every Thursday throughout the Fair, seniors 60 years of age and above can enjoy free entry.
Plus, every Thursday, most food items, including corny dogs, cotton candy, and funnel cakes, are between two to seven coupons. Participating food vendors also offer one of their signature menu items, ranging from mini versions to regular-size items. This will save you almost half the cost on most items. You can check back on the official Thrifty Thursdays page for the full list of specials.

Other ways to save on your visit:

·         Hit the State Fair for half-price any day after 5 pm by bringing an empty Dr Pepper can to the gate. One can per person. This discount may not be combined with any other offers.
·         Ride the DART. Save the hassle of finding a parking spot and take the DART train to Fair Park Station. Day Passes start at $3 per person. Plus, purchase your discounted tickets for up to $2 off to the Fair on your DART GoPASS app. Admission tickets are just $16 and child/senior tickets are $12.
·         Head to Kroger. Kroger offers advance purchase general admission for $16.50 or season passes for $39.
·         Eat McDonald’s. Before you throw away your McDonald’s leftovers, check the tray liner or takeout bag for a $5 off general admission coupon or for half price off a children’s ticket with purchase of a general admission ticket. Coupons can be redeemed any day of the fair allowing one coupon per person.
·         Head to NorthPark Center in Dallas, and purchase advance tickets to the Fair for $15. $4.50 from each ticket will benefit Family Getaway, an organization providing stability and life-changing services to families with children affected by homelessness. Tickets are sold at the NorthPark Concierge located on level one.
·         Purchase tickets online. Buy in advance online and save $1.50 on fair tickets for any day of the week. With this discount, general admission tickets cost $16.50 and child/senior tickets cost $12.50.
·         Get a season pass. If you plan on attending the fair more than a couple times, look into getting a State Fair of Texas season pass. The pass only costs $45 ($65 for a two-pack) and you’ll receive all of the following:
o   One FREE single-day bring-a-friend ticket (valid Monday – Friday only)
o   One FREE State Fair reusable bag (available to the first 8,000 season pass holders who redeem)
o   One FREE Midway Race Game (water, derby, balloon, or roll-a-ball)
o   One 10% OFF coupon for State Fair gear at official merchandise stands
o   Special discounts on Fair food and Midway rides

Are you going to the fair this year with your kids? If so, here’s a look at the daily schedule and ticket price information.

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