Howdy! Welcome to the State Fair of Texas!

We visited the State Fair of Texas this week.

Big Tex

I’ve been to the Fair many times but this year I found areas I’ve never been before, saw shows never seen before, the weather was better than ever and I even rode the Texas Star Ferris Wheel for the first time!  The Texas Star is humongous!

Texas Star Ferris Wheel

I guess I’ve never gone for a ride before because the lines were always really long.  But since we went on a Tuesday, there was no line at all!  Retirement has some really nice benefits! 🙂  We did pause long enough before boarding the ride to get this neat shot:

Texas Star from Below

While we were high up on the Ferris wheel we could see the entire fair and far beyond.  We noticed a bird show that had just gotten underway.  So after the ride we went to the Birds of the World show.  During the show, they released a couple of hawks from a car at the top of the Ferris Wheel.  Glad they weren’t in our car! 🙂

We wandered by Swan Lake.

This swan looked like some sort of Super Hero Swan!

Super Hero Swan

Going for a ride in the swan boats was tempting but I had a Corny Dog calling my name!  No trip to the State Fair of Texas is complete without a Fletcher’s Corny Dog!

Of course, I had to go see the quilts that had won in the Creative Arts Competitions.  Unfortunately these beautiful quilts are hung WAY up high.  I know this is for protection but it is sad that you can’t really see the workmanship very well.  But this IS a quilting blog, so I wanted to at least share a few with you!  This is the Best of Show:

Applique Quilt Winner - Connie Williams

I thought this was particularly pretty:

Monarch Quilt by Jenny Singleton

And finally, I was intrigued by this Sunbonnet Sue quilt.  Does she look like she’s “in the family way?”

Sunbonnet Sue by Vicki Mulkey

The buildings in Fair Park are amazing.  Primarily built in the 1930’s – Fair Park has the largest collection of art deco buildings in the world.  One such building is the Hall of State which was built in 1936.  A few details that I found intriguing include this 11 foot tall statue of a Tejas Indian which adorns the outside of the building:

Tejas Indian Outside Hall of State

The Art Deco/Texas elements of the doorways are very cool.  Here is just one small example:

Hall of State Doorway Detail

Here is the Gold Medallion in the Great Hall.

Great Hall Gold Medallion

The guard was a little miffed about my use of a flash but we chatted a bit and told him about how the medallion appeared on the set of the tv show Chase.  True.  And the guard was nice and didn’t kick us out or anything 😉

Of course, the State Fair of Texas has LOTS of shopping opportunities.  You can buy anything — pots and pans, knives, sewing machines, hot tubs, fudge, steam mops, toys, tools or maybe even cute boots!

If y’all ever get the chance come visit the State Fair of Texas!

After the interesting Sunbonnet Sue quilt above I had to share this “Howdy” quilt I made a couple of years ago for David.


Have a great Friday, y’all!

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3 thoughts on “Howdy! Welcome to the State Fair of Texas!

    • If you look on the State Fair map, the quilts are in the Creative Arts building – right behind (or to the right of) the Embarcadero building. There are several information booths around if you need help finding the quilts. The fair was great – I hope you can make it!

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