Thursday, October 20, 2011

State Fair of Texas


HOWDY YA’LL WELCOME TO THE STATE FAIR OF TEXAS! That’s what Big Tex (wearing the largest pair of blue jeans ever made) says when you walk into the fair. Wednesday was a bright, cool day & perfect to go to the fair. Hubby & I hadn’t been in a LONG time (we don’t like the neighborhood it’s in or the parking) but, our friends suggested riding the train. IT WAS PERFECT! Dropped us at the front gates of the fair. For 3 cans of food each(to be donated to the local food bank) we were in for $2.00 a person (a great deal as entrance fee is $16) Great to get a “deal” & know you are helping a good cause.


All Aboard!

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We stopped along the rails in downtown Irving to walk a short block to a famous old DRUG STORE called Big State. They have an old timey soda fountain which our friends told us “fixes a mean breakfast or great hamburger with milkshakes or floats”. Since it was early we did the breakfast & it was wonderful. This family owned store was started in 1948 & was in this month’s Texas Highway Magazine. YUMMY food & a pancake as big as a dinner plate & 2 to 3 inches thick. You can see us all lined up at the bar!


Once at the fair we found Exhibit Halls full of History, Cars, Vendors selling all sorts of stuff…

3 Stoges collage

From $12,000.00 vibrating chairs (yes, all 3 of the guys had to try that out). You can see Jerry(far back) & my honey are grinning from ear to ear but, look at our French neighbor Pierre (front) trying to figure out “WHAT THE HECK IS GOING ON”. And talking about what the heck… WHAT is that on your head Jerry??? WHY would you make a ball cap (not one of my favorite things anyway) look like that? And WHY would you put that on your head?

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And why would you take a vintage Ford Mustang & make it into a pool table?????

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Or have “City Girls” try to milk a cow?

Butter collage

Speaking of cows… This exhibit is CARVED BUTTER! Bigger than life size all 100% butter. In a 40 degree HUGE cooler in the Arts & Crafts Exhibit Hall. AMAZING detail but, really…. BUTTER????? Paula Deen eat your heart out! But, look at the details. Even the roap was butter. Have you ever seen anything like this?


And Pierre wanted to see the Pig Races. Now that I could have done without but, everybody got to choose what to see so off we went to meet… Yes #4 is Forrest Grunt. Run Forrest Run (no he didn’t win). Hamma Montana did.


My favorite thing of all was the ride on the HUGE Ferris Wheel called The Texas Star.


It is a Dallas Landmark & I had never ridden it before. It is the tallest amusement ride in the western hemisphere standing 212 feet. Manufactured in Reggio Emilia, Italy & weighing in at 678,554 pounds. There is a total of 44 gondola's seating up to 6 people each. All of this giving us a perfect view of…


The Amphitheater below.

Cotton Bowl collage

The Cotton Bowl where Oklahoma University & University of Texas explode each year in a ferrous rivalry. This was once the place where the Dallas Cowboys FIRST played football. We’ve come a long way baby if you look at Cowboy stadium today!


A beautiful shot of downtown Dallas all from the Texas Star Ferris Wheel.


I think I hear the train whistle blowing… or in other words, it’s time to say goodbye. Hope you enjoyed a day at The Texas State Fair! That parched Texas landscape is looking a little better after 3 nice rains (finally). Come back soon!

HUGS! Charlene


VS said...

I LOVE the Texas State Fair & I've never even been there!!! LOL
Thanks for takin me along in your pocketbook, I had such a fabulous time!!!
Hugs to my CP...

Blondie's Journal said...

I have only been to county fairs so this was a lot of fun, Charlene...and I hear Texas does everything bigger!! Great shots, too! The butter carvings were amazing and that looked like a wonderful diner to eat in! So glad you had a great time!


Myric said...

The fair looked so much fun!

Thank you for your kind and sweet comment.

There will always something to remind us of our faded memories ;) Thanks for the visit!


Bunnym said...

You know I go the fair every year to cheer on Raquel..but probably not gonna make it next year. You are a brave woman going on that Ferris couldn't pay me to do that. Did you eat fried Oreos or fried butter? Looks like you guys had a lot of fun


Alisa Noble said...

I'm not going to get a chance to go this year.
I'm missing out on my 4 favorites... a Fletcher's corn dog, a funnel cake, the pig races and seeing the baby giraffe, in the petting zoo, that never seems to grow up.

Riki Schumacher said...

Oh I loved going to the fair with you! How fun. The butter sculptures are amazing. So Elle is digging huh, bad girl. Maddie has not gone through that. She's perfect, ha ha! Well, pretty close. I can't believe you are going to meet her, so exciting. We're getting ready to announce the class at our class next weekend, so we should talk! Hugs, Riki

Debbie said...

Looks like a lot of BIG fun, and I love BUTTER!!!


Kay Ellen said...

What a fun adventure Charlene :))
Wow carving out of butter? Amazing!

That Ferris Wheel looks huge!

Thanks for sharing,

Kay Ellen

C'est moi Claudette said...

Hi from Canada Charlene. I must tell you that I have a French neighbor named Pierre too!! My single BFF from Vancouver likes to come and visit ; )
I love being up high in the sky. That fair was AMAXING.
I've been hibernating since I got home from Asheville. I'm back to reality.
Did you know Lulu and I each have 7 dogs?? Yup. Crazy huh?
I've also been talking to your sweet Cindy C.
Love her.
Ok back to my movie.
Hope you have a great week Charlene.
Love Claudie

LuLu Kellogg said...

FUN FUN FUN!!! I loved the pic of the guys in the massage chairs!

I would have had to have found the fun house and the scary house...and possibly just a tiny something sweet :)


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