It has been my desire to visit the Texas State Fair, ever since I saw Ann-Margret and Pat Boone in the movie “State Fair” (1962). Rob joined me and TW in Dallas and we DID the Fair. First stopHe’s 52 feet tall, wears a size 70 boot, 75 gallon hat and 284W x 185L pants.
Boris The Champion Big Boar: 1196 pounds, 6 yrs old
Signage: “Acrobatic Tricks: Smile and wave (with his ears) at passing fair goers, Wag his tail with excitement, Lie Down, Sleep for long periods of time, Eat 20 pounds of feed per day, Oink whenever he feels like it.”
Kangaroo with Joey (not pet-able)
Sicilian Donkey (
African Spur-Thigh Desert Tortoise (did not pet)
This tortoise can live as long as 200 years.
Dromedary - Arabian one humped camel
They have been domesticated as beasts of burden longer than any other mammals. They can live as long as 28 years.
Bactrian Camels - Asian two humped camel
Some Bactrian Camels still roam wild in the
. Also used as beasts of burden; they eat hay and grain. Gobi Desert
Jacob 4-Horned Sheep
Rob greets an Alpaca (
Scottish Highland Cattle
He was so cute and soft. This breed was established as far back as the 12th century.
African Crested Porcupine (not pet-able)
This is the largest antelope, up to 6 feet tall and can weigh almost a ton.
After petting domestic and exotic animals, we were floating on a natural high. I touched a zebra and a bison!
John Deere display…the toy store had more equipment.
The first Texas State Fair was held here in 1886.
There was lots of free entertainment; we saw: Billy Roy’s One Man Band, Kildares (a Celtic rock band), World on a String (above), and Cirque Shanghai (below).
Lots of Police stands and foot patrols, kept the peace.
Reliant Starlight Parade
Origami out of dollar bills
Besides having a full size Auto Show, they had a Classic Coral...where these beauties were behind an actual coral type fence.
After dark, we took two rides, the Texas Star Ferris Wheel and the Skyway.
At 212 feet, the Texas Star is the tallest amusement ride in the
Western Hemisphere. It has 44 gondolas which can seat 6 passengers each.
The couple who shared our ride just got engaged…it was the third year anniversary of their first date, which was at the Fair.
View from the Skyway
The Skyway is an aerial track that stretches 1,800 feet between the Midway and Big Tex.
When these gentlemen got into our gondola, I said something that made everyone laugh and we were cracking jokes and laughing all the way to the end, where I asked them to pose with TW. They said it was the best ride they ever had.
There was a large pond with duck-shaped paddle-boats and off to the side were several turtles sunning themselves. We saw some wonderful art in the many museums we visited and then had to lay down for a rest and just enjoyed the trees.
Steve Martin's free-flight Birds of the World show was very impressive:
The birds flew out across the audience.
The parrot on the left could sing Old McDonald Had a Farm.
Immature Bald Eagle
This one is about two years old; they get their white heads around age five.
At the end of the show you could have one of two birds take your donation and put it in the box.
One of the museums had a butterfly statuary:
As we were leaving the fair, we stopped to check out the pig races…where piglets run snout-to-snout, once around a small track. The do it three times, each with a different team of cleverly named contestants such as Arnold Swinenegger the Haminator, Ashton Porkner, Van Hamstel, Tom Shanks, Lindsay Loham, Kermit the Hog, Miss Piggy…fun way to end our two day adventure!