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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Our State Fair Is a Great State Fair

You may not recall (probably aren't that old) a movie with Pat Boone and Anne Margaret called State Fair - musical score by Rogers and Hammerstein I do believe. We didn't look much like Pat Boone OR Anne Margaret but here is the modern skyline of Dallas as we drove to Our State Fair in Big D last week. Large white arch is part of new hoity toity bridge project over Trinity River.

Oh My goodness - Girl taking these free digital pictures was obviously more interested in showing the Camaro part than making us look any nicer - but 'tis me and hubby as we entered Chevy Land at the fair.
They had a Chevy with decorations honoring the military on display - really nice.

Can't go to the Fair without watching a little livestock judging - that little gal in the pink shirt was working it like mad - didn't see how she ended up but she was definitely showcasing that animal.

Of course there are lots of pink piglets napping up against gigantic sows.

Picture doesn't show too well - we went to a Stunt Dog Show - the dog onstage with trainer was a 3-legged pit bull - missing a hind leg. The dog was amazing - could jump more than 25 feet into a pool to the right of the stage. All the dogs used in show were rescue dogs from shelters.

Permanent buildings at Dallas Fair Park are all done in an art deco style - very pleasant with big trees and many ponds or fountains around to keep you cooler.

Can't go to Texas State Fair without saying Howdy to Big Tex - those are real clothes he has on - talk about Big and Tall sizes.

I had on my list I wanted to visit the Butterfly house - hotter than blazes in there and very high humidity - all tropical butterflies so you have to go through sort of an airlock to prevent escapes of non native species.

Wild metal sculpture outside Butterfly Exhibit - a butterfly costing over $6000 - no we didn't buy a souvenir of our outing!

We drive west from Dallas - having enjoyed our first visit to the Texas State Fair - it was Senior Citizens Day so entrance was free with parking $15. Didn't eat any of the yearly featured fried foods - took our snacks and purchased bottled water and a coke. It was an inexpensive and great fun day for us - haven't been able to get "away" much and this was just long enough to enjoy and not too exhausting.
We had fun at Our State Fair - it was indeed a great state fair! Back home to Buhlaland with tired feet and big smiles~!


Anonymous said...

I am so glad you two were able to go and enjoyed the visit so much. I love your pictures! It's been a while since I've been to the fair but it was always lots of fun. Hope you both will enjoy the weekend.

Lanny said...

YeeHaw! Glad you got out and glad out was to your State Fair. Nice place your State Fair. Those youngsters that show animals sure do work hard don't they? Well most do anyway! Some kids are just in it cause they have to be or for the girls, or fellas, but most are hard workin' pushin' kids! What!? No fried food?! Our Fair had deep fried butter! What the heck eh?! Well I gotta go make dinner, Bet is working on other stuff tonight so its my turn.

Brandi said...

I am so happy you got to go on an outing! Especially to the State Fair of Texas!!! How fun! I have not been since I was two (won't say how long ago that was, but suffice it to say I'm a grandma now!)

Love the pictures!

Margaret said...

I have some grand memories of that Texas state fair. Twas usually the day of the annual day the Cotton Bowl turned crimson and burnt orange that I was there. Usually went to the big game. Big Tex looks the same, but many other things have changed.

I too am glad you got out to do that. Looks like a really good day.

KathyB. said...

Your State Fair really has some amazing exhibits. A butterfly house, I would love that!The architecture is amazing, and of course I remember, you are at the TEXAS State Fair, so why am I surprised?

What a great day out for you two. What a beautiful day for you.Love the pic of the little girl showing her animal. I don;t think most people realize what it takes to do to show an animal there and make it look easy.

Your FIRST visit? Will you be going back next year?

Sandra said...

What a fabulous visit and thank you, Linda Sue! I loved your state fair; haven't been to ours in years, it's a 6 hour drive, one way. Y'all looked like you had a great time, that makes me happy to know you had such a wonderful day...God was so very good. God is so very my cousin says, "God is good all the time and all the time, God is good."

Dani said...

just caught your post...we have a county fair a few miles away right now and got some free tickets so may go today....$15 parking? wow, that is high..ours is $5.00 but otherwise free is good....and I know what you mean about the fair food...not too good for diabetics and anyone trying to diet....we love all the animal exhibits and also the gardening...also the blue ribbon canned goods, baked goods, etc...and the craft exhibits of course.....

LindaSueBuhl said...

Thank you all for your comments - yes it has been a long while between "outings" for us - so careful of DH's exposure to possible infections. He was feeling good and we had a ball just goofing around.
Kathy - you asked if we are going next year - I'm working hard on living NOW since we truly don't know what tomorrow brings for us either health wise or finances - but now is quite enough when we are so blessed with good friends, beautiful days and promise of Heaven too!

LindaSueBuhl said...

Not trying to sound all prissy there - it is something I have to work on every day - never have been good about living now and not trying to borrow anxiety or strength from tomorrow - 'K?

Paula said...

Thanks for taking us along for the ride, Linda Sue... it sure looks like a wonderful fair!!
And I LOVED the little piggies!!