Every year, the last Friday of September is like a national holiday
in our house for me. I look forward to it every single year. The entire month I dream about deep fried bubble gum, riding the largest ferris wheel in North America, and vendors that try to use pressure me into buying millions of Shammys, Vitamixs, and magical bracelets that promise to cure my ADD (along with cancer, athlete’s foot, acne, weak balance, and 100 other random things!)
Just what is this wonderful day that I speak of? I’m speaking of none other than the largest State fair in the United States; The State Fair Of Texas.
That’s right. The State Fair Of Texas!
I’m not sure when (or why) I became such a fan of the fair (I have to bribe my friends and family to go with me every year) but I am. In fact I even bought a season pass a few years ago! (Did you even know the State Fair had a season pass? Me either, until a few years ago.)
My Life Was About To Be Forever Changed
This year’s fair was especially awesome since I got to bring Noah with me. In fact this time last year my wife was just a few months away from giving birth to Noah, and I remember thinking,
“Wow, how crazy is it that the next time I’m here it will be with baby Noah.”
(Side note: I also had no idea how much our life was about to be forever changed when our little boy would surprise us by being born with a 3rd copy his 21st chromosome in just a few short weeks. That’s one of the best parts about life, it’s an adventure. You never know what God has in store. I love it!)
Deep Fried “Awsomeness”
If you’ve never been to the State Fair of Texas it’s hard to explain it. It’s not your typical fair. For one, they get really into fried food. Like really into it. Like you will die if you eat it into it.
Each year they try to one-up the year before. This year’s big winner was deep fried bubble gum. The year before that; fried Fritos pie. Some of the other honorable mentions include;
- Deep Fried Butter
- Deep Fried Banana Split
- Deep Fried Peanut Butter, Jelly, and Banana Sandwich
- Deep Fried Coke
- Deep Fried Latte
- Deep Fried Cookie Dough
State Fair Tip #232: Only Buy The Blender.
In addition to the fried food, there are vendors. Lots and lots of vendors. I’m not going to tell you about the time I
was conned bought a machine that allowed me to make my own soft drinks at home, or how the Shammy guy only uses diet coke in his demonstration (I’m not kidding, watch him next time…there’s a reason, but I”m not going to spoil it for you.) I think as a former salesman myself I enjoy watching their hustle. It’s sort of fun.
Another side note: The coolest thing I’ve ever bought at the fair was a Vitamix. We’ve actually owned one for several years, and it’s awesome! You can make soup, ice-cream, or even Sonic Ice in it! (The fact that it makes Sonic Ice alone justifies the purchase.) In fact Vitamix is probably the only vendor at the State Fair whose product actually does what it claims to do. It’s seriously awesome!
Even The State Fair Of Texas Has Its Bad Days
I am however sad to report one Fair Fail this year. Yelp, that’s right. Somedays even the biggest State Fair in the United States has it’s off days,and today was one of them.
We wanted to take Noah on the big Ferris Wheel (please don’t write in telling me how un-awesome we are as parents for attempting to take our 10 month old on a Ferris wheel….that’s just how we roll.) We spent the price of a small car to buy tickets for everyone to ride. We waited in line almost an hour. We were excited. We were pumped. We were ready to ride the Ferris Wheel….and guess what happened just as we were about to get on?
The Ferris Wheel worker screamed out,
“SORRY EVERYONE. THE FAIRS CLOSED.“
What!! I thought the billion other people in line with us were going to cause a riot. Why didn’t they tell us that ahead of time? Why didn’t they shut down the line an hour before the Fair Closed? Why did they wait until after we bought tickets (that you can’t get a refund for, nor could you use anywhere else since the fair was now closed) to tell us that the people waiting in line wouldn’t be able to ride the Ferris Wheel?
WHY DID THIS LADY JUST CRUSH MY DREAMS LIKE THAT!??!!
I’ll never know.
All I do know is that I left the state fair a little sad that day. I realized that even the State Fair of Texas, in all of its deep fried glory can have an off day. I guess we’ll try again next year. (But seriously, wasn’t that messed up!?)
Bonus Video: One Upset Baby
After making today’s video, my wife reminded me of some extra footage I totally forget about! I’m so glad she did, because it’s hilarious! This video starts where the one above ends…with a crowd full of people who just paid for tickets to ride the ferris wheel and waited in a long hot line only to be told that the ferris wheel was closed, and that they had to go home. As you’ll see in this bonus video Noah don’t play when it comes to people messing with his ferris wheel!
As I said (and you are about to see) people are serious about the ferris wheel at the State Fair of Texas!
Have you ever been to the Sate Fair of Texas? Are you a fan? Yes? No? Why..? If not the State Fair of Texas, have you ever been to any Fair? Do you like them? Hate them? And the real question: have you ever used a Vitamix?
Let’s hear it.