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PHOTO FRIDAY – World’s Largest State Fair, TX

I’ve never met a state or county fair I didn’t like. They retain the flavor of old-fashioned American fun, even though they’re no longer an inexpensive day out! Last year, we went to the Big E in West Springfield, MA. It’s the state fair of Massachusetts and several other New England states, and it’s where you’ll find the world’s largest traveling amusement park, the North American Midway. The highlight of the day was sampling the Craz-E burger, a bacon cheeseburger sandwiched between two halves of a glazed doughnut. Yes, you read that right. I’m not up for an Oscar nomination, but the video clip we posted of The Boy’s first Craz-E bite captured a really fun Go BIG moment!

This year, the Big E takes place September 16-October 2.

The world’s largest state fair, not surprisingly, is the State Fair of Texas. Three million people are expected to attend this 125-year old institution, which begins in Dallas next week (September 30) through October 23. Our friend Jessica at Suitcases and Sippycups goes almost every year, and has provided us with our PHOTO FRIDAY today!

ferris wheel

This is the 212-foot Texas Star ferris wheel, the tallest ferris wheel in North America! It can carry up to 264 passengers in its 44 gondolas.

 state fair

This is Big Tex (can’t help but love that name!), the 52-foot tall icon of the state fair! Jessica shares, “His voice booms all over the state fair. Most of the time he just makes general announcements about upcoming shows or events. But every now and then he makes a personal comment about someone’s shirt or hair in the crowd. It is hilarious to watch people look up at him and marvel at how the giant statue can see them.” Thanks, Jessica!

Who’s headed to a BIG fair soon? What’s your favorite fair food?  We’re partial to deep-fried Oreos.


  1. Marilyn Gilbert said,
    September 23, 2011 @ 10:40 am

    I went to the Texas State Fair last year. I ate deep fried PBJ and deep fried cookie dough.
    To a person whose motto is “If it’s fried I want it inside,” it was heaven.
    Also loved the pig races, the bird show, the crafts expo. It was very honky tonk and at the same time, very down home.

    • Traci Suppa said,
      September 23, 2011 @ 1:51 pm

      I love your motto! Deep-fried PBJ sounds reallyreallyreally good!

  2. Sarah V. said,
    October 1, 2011 @ 12:57 am

    I totally need to go to the State Fair! I’ve never eaten any of those crazy fried snacks before, and I think it’s time. 🙂

  3. Jennifer said,
    October 3, 2011 @ 10:22 am

    The Los Angeles County Fair just ended yesterday – a month long festivity paying tribute to fried everything. However, I don’t think my hometown’s county fair caught on to the genius of using halved donuts as burger buns yet. 🙂

  4. October 5, 2011 @ 6:00 am

    Awesome post. People must have enjoyed the event! It’s wonderful to visit and eat there.

  5. Anne Patrone said,
    November 10, 2011 @ 10:58 am

    Great post – we went last year and (the adults) had fried beer – surprisingly good! Too bad our football team lost!