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Texas State Fair

The kids and I visited the Texas State Fair back in 2007 on our road trip from California to Georgia and back, when Luke was seven and Elizabeth was nine. We went on an uncrowded Thursday afternoon, had a ton of fun and made some great memories.

Yesterday I had a rare Saturday off, so back to the Fair we went.

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It was a different experience this time. It was a lot more crowded, for one thing, and Luke and Elizabeth are a lot older and more worldly now, so most of the wide-eyed wonder was gone. Also, either the Fair has gotten a lot more expensive in the past eight years or it just seemed that way on our current budget.

Still, fun was had. The view from the Biggest Ferris Wheel In The Western Hemisphere is as wonderful as ever.

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Obligatory ferris wheel selfie:

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We were intrigued by the white things that look like giant swans on the lake in the distance, and a gray thing in the same area that looked like an elephant, so we walked over for a closer look. The giant swans turned out to be swan-shaped paddle boats, which for some reason I didn’t get any pics of other than this one…

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…and the elephant turned out to be a sculpture of a mammoth just outside of the Dallas Museum of Natural History.

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A nice shot of the ferris wheel from the white bridge on the swan-boat lake:

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Of course the rides were the main focus of our day.

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Interestingly, Luke and I had different limits when it came to which rides were too intense. For example, Luke would not go on the Viking Boat swing…

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…while I wanted nothing to do with the Starship 3000.

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Nothing is too intense for Elizabeth. She was the only one of us who was brave/crazy enough to go on this monstrosity. That’s her, second from the top in this pic:

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She actually waved in mid-ride when she saw the camera.

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We saw some really bizarre funhouses, but one of them had a mannequin in a rabbit suit that was just straight up creepy. It was riding a unicycle and…I can’t really explain it, it just gave me the wiggins.

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Shudder.

I was hoping to see some freakishly large animals, but to my disappointment I only found some adorably small ones.

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I did enjoy the pumpkin carvings.

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And I LOVED the miniature train setup.

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The display was labeled “Grapevine” at one end and “Fort Worth” at the other, a tribute to the real-life Grapevine Vintage Railroad.

Then there was this guy:

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You can’t really see his face in the pics, but he was basically a dude dressed as a tree, on stilts. Very cool.

On the way home we stopped at Cheddar’s for dinner. I know I haven’t really talked about my recent work adventures here on the blog, but Cheddar’s is where I worked for four months between working in Softlines and my current job. They have some yummy food.

When we got home, the kids showered and got all gussied up for their school dance.

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I don’t know where they get their energy. Me, I barely managed to stay awake until it was time to pick them up and bring them home.

All in all, a day (and a small fortune) well spent.

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DAY FOUR

With the dinner get-together rescheduled for my return trip Thursday was left wide open, so I decided to take the kids to the Texas State Fair. It was on the way, and looked like fun.

This is an awesome fair! I mean, I love all fairs in theory, but some of them can be…well…a bit shoddy and run-down. Not the Texas Fair though! It was all bright and shiny and clean and the rides were terrific and the exhibits were great…basically my only complaint was that in order to get to Shreveport that night we had to leave the fair a lot sooner than we wanted to.

Choosing the pics for this page has turned out to be the hardest job yet! I’ve finally managed to whittle my pile of favorites down to an even dozen. Check out the Midway Announcer:

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We headed straight for the midway first, of course.

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That ferris wheel is *huge!* I looked it up later and learned that it’s the largest ferris wheel in the western hemisphere. To really grasp its size you have to understand that when me and the kids went up in it there was another family of four in the same cage with us–and we could have fit in another person or two!

Here’s a view of the midway from inside one of those Skyway tram cars:

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And here’s a view of the midway while going up in the ferris wheel:

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Now, here’s a view of Dallas as seen from the top of the ferris wheel!

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Big, big wheel.

Anyway. Fun was had. Rides were ridden…

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…freakishly large animals were marveled at…

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…and there were a few “What the hell?” moments when something couldn’t quite cross the cultural gap:

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I mean, fried ribs?? What’s up with that!? ;^)

Some of my favorite exhibits were the artists’ presentations. I *loved* the sand sculptures:

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The house-of-cards display was still under construction when we saw it, but still very cool:

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We also checked out the Dallas Aquarium since it was right there in the fairgrounds, but those pics didn’t make it through the final edit. It was pretty neat though.

We left the fair earlier than any of us wanted to, and got to the hotel in Shreveport LA late that night.

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