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The State Fair of Texas

The State Fair of Texas is by far the largest state fair in the United States. Taking place every year in the historic Fair Park in Dallas, the Fair has been running every year without fail since 1886.

More than three million people visit the State Fair of Texas annually. And for good reason. The Fair offers a massive list of sights to see and things to do. Sights include the Texas Star Ferris Wheel, built in 1985, and the largest Ferris wheel in the United States. Perhaps you’ll also recognize Big Tex, the gigantic blue-and-red-clad cowboy mascot, representing the fair and standing tall since 1952.

Every year, the fair also features a college football game between Texas and Oklahoma, which is played in the Cotton Bowl, and known to Dallas locals as the Red River Shootout.

The Fair also contains a main stage where notable music acts perform every year. In fact, a 20-year old Elvis Presley played one of his earlier shows at the fair, drawing in over 2,000 teenagers to the audience. This year on the Chevrolet Main Stage is R&B group En Vogue, honky-tonk act Little Big Town, as well as Duelo, and the Zac Brown Band.

The State Fair of Texas is also the only United States fair to host a full auto show, launching such vehicles as the 2008 Ford Sporttrac and the 1998 Chevy Blazer. The auto show has been an annual event, dating back to its creation in 1904.

The State Fair of Texas is also know for its, shall we say, Paula Deen-friendly cuisine. In recent years especially the fair has offered an remarkable list of fried items, including deep-fried Oreo cookies, deep-fried pork-ribs, deep-fried banana splits, deep-fried Twinkies and deep-fried peanut butter & jelly and banana sandwiches. That’s not all, though. The fair has also found a way to deep-fry Coca-Cola. Best not to ask…