A Family Af-FAIR

October 13, 2010

As I mentioned yesterday, after our FUN 2-mile run, we headed to the State Fair of Texas to meet my mom, my oldest sister, brother-in-law and 2 of my 3 nieces.  We usually go the the Fair for the Texas-OU game, but we were out of town this year.

Last year at the game:

This year, I sported my Healthy Living Summit tee.

My nieces had some awesome tees as well.

We all need a bird shirt and one that reads, “I’m AWESOME”.

Then there was this guy’s shirt:

Moving along.

It was a gorgeous day. We arrived right at 10:00AM when the gates opened.

Food guide and map.  Coupon stand.  You must have coupons at the Fair.

First things first: Billy needed his Fletcher’s Corny Dog.

Billy explained the importance of the mustard technique.

We headed back to meet the fam at the kids’ farmland.

Some important lessons for the day.

(HUH?  Who writes this stuff?)

Uncle Billy.

The grand champion pig, goat and lamb. All rather modest in their honorable position.

Then we headed indoors to the Children’s Medical Center Barnyard.

A bit CHAOTIC.  I feel sad for these animals in such tight quarters.  I can compare it to a birthday party for fifty 3-5 year-old children at Chuck E. Cheese.

Several new baby animals, born in the past week.  Calf and Longhorn.  Hook ‘Em!

They wanted nothing to do with us.  I don’t blame them. ;)

The guy on the right was aggressive.  Or angry.  Maybe just hungry, I’m not sure.

A donkey family.

And some friends from down under.  Just chilling.  “Get out of my living room, folks.”

Snoozing piglets.

Finally back outside to the sunshine, with a mission for more food.  Fried food.  The State Fair of Texas is known for being a fried food factory.

Chicken Fried Bacon and Fried Cheesecake.

Fried Queso, Fried Guacamole (say it ain’t so!) and Country Fried Ribs.

This year, the Texas Fried FRITOS Pie won the “best taste” award, while fried beer was the newest debuted deep-fried dish.

Billy ordered the “best taste” award and was very disappointed.  It was hollow, fried dough with barely any chili inside and he said there was no sign or taste of a Frito.

My nieces went for a plain ole hotdog with ketchup.

And I ate a Peanut Butter & Jelly Larabar.  That’s how I roll.

We stopped in the General Store.  Texas is a very proud state.  GO TEXAN.

Time for an ice cream.  My 5 (almost 6!) year-old niece followed the blog while we were traveling.  She’s the best.

Which turned into this.

Then we came upon Big Tex.  This tall fellow has been around for almost 60 years.

Big Tex, what’s with that flat bottom?

The Fair has a concert stage and of course, the Cotton Bowl.

Can I wash my hands in there?

Next up, the Super Midway.  And my favorite picture of my niece with Uncle Billy.

Last year, Billy conquered the wobbly ladder game and won me this frog.

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This year, he tried.  And tried again.  But it just wasn’t in the cards.  A+ for effort!

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He settled on a cheeseburger for his consolation prize.

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A ride for the girls on the carousel.

More food stands.

My niece wanted to see the alligators.  As experienced fairgoers, we knew better.

Let’s save our coupons for cotton candy!

And Bee couldn’t resist a funnel cake.

There’s only one way to end a trip to the State Fair of Texas:  Spend all remaining coupons on Salt Water Taffy.  It’s a big deal around here.

We spent 3 hours at the Fair and had a blast watching my nieces take in all the sights, sounds, tastes, rides and energy.   I imagine they both fell asleep in the car on the way home.  I know Billy almost did.

Today is a cross-training day so we have plans to rollerblade this afternoon.

Do you like fair food?  Which fried food item would you be curious to sample?

~Bird

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