Fried butter? Bubblegum? Alligator? Lemonade? Hell NO! Although, come to think of it, it's quite fascinating that you can actually deep fry lemonade. My point is that there's so much more off the greasy, beaten path, that is worth exploring.
The sheer size of the State Fair of Texas can be mind-boggling. Agriculture and livestock make up a serious part of it. Thousands of kids come from all over the state to show the animals they raised. Walk into the massive barns to take a look behind the scenes–the kids excitement is infectious!
There's also that ancient, disappearing carny part that I find so fascinating. Freaky exhibits like a two-headed, six-legged turtle, or a three room log house carved in one piece from a felled 1900 redwood. A huge blinking machine promised to analyze my handwriting, so I took it up on the offer, for $4. It told me among other things that I have an extraordinary sense of humor, but that it was also rather unusual and not always fully understood. Ain't that the truth!
Plan your visit in advance, the fair has a website that lays out daily scheduled activities and shows (rodeo, pig races (!), snakesss of Texasss, chainsaw carvers, etc.).
>>>A big thank you to Curio, A Collection by Hilton (curiocollection.com) for flights and one of its remarkable hotels, The Highland Dallas (http://www.thehighlanddallas.com), for accommodations.