September 27-October 20,2013_so hurry up ,Y'all. This was opening day...
That was a "special" greetings from "Big Tex" because the last time we saw him on closing day of the State Fair of Texas he was as Cheech & Chong would say...."Up In Smoke"....but not really like their "Up In Smoke" movie thingie...just sayin'! Instead, the Big Boy had an electrical problem. Read here... http://sagebookwhisperer.blogspot.com/2012/10/this-weeks-ermgmoments.html
The "State Fair of Texas" holds the record in attendance for any Fair in America_3,000,000 in 2003!!! For those of you not familiar with a State Fair it is an annual competitive and recreational gathering of a U.S. State's population_usually held in late summer or early fall. It is a larger version of a "County Fair",often including only exhibits or competitors that have won in their categories at the more-local county fairs. State fairs began in the nineteenth century for the purpose of promoting state agriculture, through competitive exhibitions of livestock and display of farm products. As the U.S. evolved from a predominantly agrarian to an industrial society in the twentieth century, modern state fairs have expanded to include carnival amusement rides and games, display of industrial products, automobile racing, and entertainment such as musical concerts.
BUT, of course TEXAS State Fair "kicks it up a notch"!
Most Creative Fried Food 2013..."FRIED THANKSGIVING DINNER"..
Mama’s homemade stuffing and diced roasted turkey are rolled in a ball. Next it’s dipped in Southern cream corn, rolled in seasoned cornmeal and fried to a golden brown. Served with old-fashioned giblet brown gravy. The zesty orange cranberry sauce fills your dipping needs and results in a complete Thanksgiving dinner — "FRIED"!....not feelin' this one! For a LIST of the other Finalist...i.e._Awesome Deep Fried Nutella, Southern Style Chicken-Fried Meatloaf ,Golden Fried Millionaire Pie,Texas Fried Fireball ,etc.. Go here:
Past Winning Fried Foods...
|2013 Most Creative||Fried Thanksgiving Dinner|
|2013 Best Taste||Deep-Fried Cuban Roll|
|2012 Most Creative||Deep Fried Jambalaya|
|2012 Best Taste||Fried Bacon Cinnamon Roll|
|2011 Most Creative||Fried Bubblegum|
|2011 Best Taste||Buffalo Chicken in a Flapjack|
|2010 Most Creative||Fried Beer™|
|2010 Best Taste||Texas Fried FRITOS® Pie|
|2009 Most Creative||Deep Fried Butter|
|2009 Best Taste||Fernie's Deep Fried Peaches & Cream|
|2008 Most Creative||Fried Banana Split|
|2008 Best Taste||Chicken Fried Bacon|
|2007 Most Creative||Deep Fried Latte|
|2007 Best Taste||Texas Fried Cookie Dough|
|2006 Most Creative||Fried Coke|
|2006 Best Taste||Fried Praline Perfection|
|2005 Most Creative||Viva Las Vegas Fried Ice Cream|
|2005 Best Taste||Fried PB, Jelly and Banana Sandwich|
Of course, my husband gifted me with this book_ part of my Christmas 2012 prizes:
It is an Illustrated History of The Great State Fair Of Texas from 1859- 2012..Awesome Book & Awesome Facts!!Here a little trivia:
1.Admission Fee_1859 (.50)_2013 ($17.00).
2.Racetrack & Betting was the Centerpiece Attractions_today
"FRIED FOODS" & "BIG TEX".
3.There were (2) State Fairs of Texas because of a rivalry
between Dallas & East Dallas(had it's own Mayor, etc..)in
4.Today,there are (4)_South Texas State Fair, East Texas State
Fair, North Texas State Fair & State Fair of Texas(Dallas).
5.Still known for "Fletcher's Corny Dogs" YUM!
6.The Midway,Comet Roller Coaster,The Age of Steam,Dr.Pepper Circus...Visitor's: Booker T Washington,Buffalo Bill,Annie Oakley,Pres.Wm.Howard Taft,Enrico Caruso,Audie Murphy,Chief Quanah Parker...c.1800s
7.Big Tex....(1949)BEFORE Makeover_ living in Kerens,Texas!
For more on "Big Tex" Looks_ check this out_
Last But Not Less!!!!!!!!!
During preparations for "The Texas Centennial"
1935-1937....there was this "Situation"...
~The Girlie Shows"~
YES, that does say.."SCANDAL" as in Olivia!
Seems the popular sin of lust was once one of the fair’s main attractions.In the late Forties, Dallas was still known as a dollar town, meaning that the strip-show barkers could entice spectators to pay a buck to see the same show here that was only bringing four bits in Oklahoma City. There were so many "girlie shows" in the 1890s that it was rare to find a female visitor on the midway. Every few years, the local preachers would get together and lead a clean-up drive, and occasionally the fair promoters would get caught up in the spirit. The 1906 fair was advertised as being "completely free of immorality and wickedness," but the dancing darlings were not to remain wallflowers for long.
Located at the Fair inside the "Streets of Paris"& the "Streets of All Nations", were such UNCLAD(as in NAKED)luminaries as "Corinne the Apple Dancer", "Rosie the Rope Spinner" & "Lady Godiva"_ "Paris Peggy"& Mona Leslie.
Corinne, the Apple-Dancing star of the Streets of All Nations, performed as usual in nothing more than a g-string and a ball somewhat larger than an apple....all in THE BIBLE BELT! Go figure that one! I would show her picture on page 125 in the book_ but might be put in a category of Blogs that start with the letter P **N! Anyway, read more about it here as well_
So, there you have it...many of unbelievable things have happened at "The State Fair of Texas"...the book is a great buy ...for Inquiring Minds! Purchase and learn more about the Fair here:
Here's the large "Land Mass" called State Fair of Texas...put your walking shoes on & get ready to EAT! If you can't make it in the next couple days...Plan for 2014 to be there!
Well...that's gonna do it for today's Blog!
In the words of The Beverly Hillbillies"...