Howdy Folks, I’m Big Tex

I am having corny dog cravings so bad that I can barely function. Every time I get on facebook, someone is talking about the state fair. I love the fair. Love love love love the fair. Even the parts I hate (the bird show), I love because they are part of the experience. I still go to the bird show every year- I don’t know why. I feel like I am always telling people that something of mine is better than yours, but I am going to do it again. Why do I think that the Texas State Fair is better than your state fair? Two Words: Corny Dog. The corny dog’s origin is somewhat debatable (as is most food’s origin) but most agree that the Fletchers stand at the Texas State Fair gets the credit. I love corny dogs. They are truly one of my favorite foods in the world. I will eat them in all shapes and sizes. I took Morningstar Farms Veggie/Tofu corn dogs in my lunch almost every day of high school. But the best corny dog experience is getting one from the Fletchers stand right by Big Tex, covering it in mustard and then washing it down with fresh squeezed lemonade. Please let me know if you don’t eat mustard on your corn dog so I can block you from this website and our life in general- seriously, it’s that important.

Other than the corny dogs there is so much to do at the fair! I like the auto show and the concept cars, walking the Midway, the giant slide rides, the exhibits, the pig races, the pavilions that are basically late night infomercials come to life and the Ferris wheel. The Ferris wheel still makes me nervous and I have ridden it several times. It is the biggest Ferris Wheel in North America and looking down from the top scares the crap out of me. But the reason that there has to be so much to do at the fair is because they have to give you something to do between eating and eating again. Seriously, the sheer amount of awesome food is ridiculous. It is getting to the point of insanity with what they will fry. There is a contest each year for new food. Here are the winners from the past several years in most creative and best taste:

2005 Most Creative Viva Las Vegas Fried Ice Cream
2005 Best Taste             Fried PB, Jelly and Banana Sandwich
2006 Most Creative         Fried Coke
2006 Best Taste             Fried Praline Perfection
2007 Most Creative         Deep Fried Latte
2007 Best Taste             Texas Fried Cookie Dough
2008 Most Creative         Fried Banana Split
2008 Best Taste             Chicken Fried Bacon
2009 Most Creative        Deep Fried Butter
2009 Best Taste             Fernie’s Deep Fried Peaches & Cream

DEEP FRIED BUTTER?!?!?!?! I am torn between utter disgust and feeling like I really need to try it, just to know. If you go to the fair, make it the one day that year in which you let yourself eat anything you want. Seriously, watch your weight on Christmas and eat salad at Thanksgiving but for the love of all that is holy, eat a fried Oreo and think of me. Mike and I love going together and we have a pattern. We get there and the first stop is a corny dog and lemonade for each of us and then the rest of the day, we share one thing at a time. It lets us try more things and we pretty much keep up the experimenting all day long. Then when we make it home we crash on the couch and talk about how we will never eat again. Here is a link to all the new foods this year click here. So if you are close to Dallas, head to the fair, eat yourself silly and look at pretty cars, ride rides and try not to barf, win $5 stuffed animals that it cost you $50 in tickets to win, and listen to the familiar twang of Big Tex. You won’t regret it.

In other news, Big Tex has a Twitter feed this year and I think that is hilarious. Also, I think I may go to the store and try and make some corn dogs at my house tonight! With Mustard.


About fishandchipsandsalsa

This is the story of a newlywed-ish couple in Dallas about to pack up their lives and pups to move to jolly ol' England. They will miss good family, good friends and good fajitas.
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5 Responses to Howdy Folks, I’m Big Tex

  1. Dad says:

    Well girl, I went. I ate! And I drank an alka seltzer when I got home. The three things I ate all all on your list. If you want to know, just ask! But they were all PDG!

  2. My son and daughter-in-law went last weekend and told me all about the fried butter. They opted against trying it! You know what I love, and I don’t know if they have it at your corn dog booth, but I love the sticks of cheese they dip in batter and fry up like a corn dog. Delicious, but hard to find these days!


  3. Cindy says:

    Don’t guess I’ll make it to the fair this year. I don’t think I have been for several years now. I think the last time was when we met you and Mike and Ben and Jeannie. That has been a while. The menu sounds tempting.

  4. Suzanne says:

    My roommate & I went yesterday & it was great. She & I are both pretty broke these days but her Mom gave us $100, which as you know, doesn’t go very far at the Fair(especially divided between 2 people). Since it was Wednesday, we were able to get in for $1 & 3 canned goods. Since the money came from her Mom, Chana(the roommie)decided she would be the money keeper. 😦 Eating all the great Fair Food is not as important to her as it is to me, so all I had was a Fletcher’s Corny Dog, Jack’s Fries, & my very favorite Fair food…fried cheesecake!!
    We did ride the Texas Star Ferris Wheel…yes it’s scary. There was a hispanic couple in our “cage” & he had turned white from his fear of heights! We saw the Bird Show, which I always enjoy & saw some new cars & some arts & crafts, and didn’t eat nearly enough! Next year I think I’m going to have a “Fair Food Fund” saved up before I go! Will y’all be back in the States to stay by then?
    Wish y’all could have been there. By the way, I was looking up recipes when I got home last night, & I’m going to attempt making some corny dogs, hopefully sometime soon. I’ll let you know how they turn out when I do.
    Take care!

  5. JiJi says:

    Loved the Great State Fair again this year. Ate Corny Dog, Lemonade, Jack’s French Fries, Nutty Bar, and Fried Peach Cobbler! Ruined the diet….but it was worth it!

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