How to navigate the 2018 State Fair of Texas

How to navigate the 2018 State Fair of Texas

How to navigate the 2018 State Fair of Texas

How to navigate the 2018 State Fair of Texas

How to navigate the 2018 State Fair of Texas

EEK! It’s my favorite time of year – the State Fair of Texas opens Friday, September 28! I feel like I can write this blog post in my sleep. If you’ve spent a nanosecond on this site, you know how much I LOVE this annual 3 week extravaganza featuring rides, food, concerts, animals and of course BIG TEX! Let me show you how to navigate the 2018 State Fair of Texas.

Confession: These pictures are from last year. Because of my travel schedule, I will visit the fair in October. Lucky for me, it runs through Sunday, October 21. This years theme is Celebrating Texas Innovation. Pete and I go to the fair an average of 4-5 times in the 3 week run. We love sampling fair food and enjoying a Fletcher’s Corn Dog, visiting the petting zoo, checking out the new cars and riding a few rides. We’ve taken our kids to the State Fair of Texas every year and now that they are adults, they continue to go. I’m going to call that a Texas Tradition!

I have a few helpful hints on how to navigate the State Fair of Texas. Whether this is your first time or you are a seasoned fair goer, it’s important to have a plan before you head out.

  1. Go on opening day! Friday, September 28 is a great day to enjoy the fair because it’s not very crowded. These pictures were shot on opening day last year (it was really cold that day). This is my theory: The food is fresh and the fair employees are happy to welcome you.
  2. The State Fair of Texas opens at 10:00 AM daily and closes at 9:00 PM on weekdays and 10:00 PM on Friday & Saturday. Parking and Ticket Booths open at 7:00 AM daily. Crowds are smaller in the morning!
  3. Attendance is the highest on college game day Saturdays (hello Texas vs. OU weekend) and closing weekend. Avoid these days if you don’t want to deal with huge crowds.
  4. There are lots of ways to SAVE. All fair discounts are listed here.
  5. Look at the daily schedule on their site for special performances, appearances and concerts. You don’t want to miss anything!
  6. In case you need more information, their website is excellent. Be sure to visit the FAQ section.

Plan ahead, go often and have a corny dog for me. Howdy Folks!  xoxo – Tanya

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photo: Audrie Dollins

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