State Fair of Texas Ferris Wheel


Well HOWDY FOLKS…’s State Fair time in Texas, and I’m excited to bring you great information, tips and tricks for enjoying the Best State Fair…in my humble Curious Cowgirl opinion.  Be sure and bookmark this post, so you can easily access this information for the duration of the Fair.  Let’s get started.


It’s State Fair Time in Texas!


 State Fair Curious Cowgirl at welcome sign in vintage cowboy boots


Dates and Hours

The State Fair of Texas runs September 28-October 21.

Hours of Operation:
Sundays – Thursdays: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Fridays – Saturdays: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.


How much are tickets, and how can I get in for a discount?

General admission: $18
Child (under 48″ in height): $14
Child two and younger: FREE
Senior (ages 60 and older): $14
Seniors FREE every Thursday (October 4, 11, & 18, 2018)


Discount Ticket Opportunities

Seniors ages 60 and older FREE every Thursday (October 4, 11, & 18)

Kroger shoppers purchase your ticket in advance at your local Kroger and get general admission tickets for only $16.50

Dr. Pepper drinkers bring an empty Dr. Pepper can to a State Fair of Texas gate after 5 p.m. each day and get a general admission ticket for HALF PRICE.  On Tuesdays, you get in for $9 with your empty can!  One can per person, and can’t be combined with any other offers.

Wednesdays:  Bring 4 cans of food and get in for $4!  Food is donated to the North Texas Food Bank.

Thursdays:  Bring an empty bottle of any 20oz Coke produce, and get in for $9.


 State Fair Big Tex cup


Food…Get in My Belly!

Ahhhh…..the food at the State Fair of Texas is guaranteed to make you say HOWDY FOLKS!

Of course, it’s practically mandatory to enjoy a Fletcher’s Corny Dog….or two….or three…..there’s absolutely no judging, people.  Per Eater Dallas, “The Fletcher’s Corny Dog, first sold at Fair Park by brothers Carl and Neil Fletcher in 1942, is undoubtedly one of the most iconic pieces of the State Fair of Texas’ history — next to Big Tex, of course. The Fletcher brothers claimed to be the inventors of the modern corn dog, and although a few other businesses say they came up with the idea first, it’s hard to beat the original corny dog’s fame. Julia Child, Oprah and Mikhail Gorbachev have all taken a bite.”

I also like to plow my way through a Belgian Waffle….with strawberries, and whipped cream, and powdered sugar.  I’m not even embarrassed, y’all.  I eat every single bite.  But what foods are new at the 2018 State Fair of Texas?  Click here for the Big Tex Choice Awards.


 State Fair Resistol Cowboy Hats


Shopping…Texas Style!

Oh yes….the State Fair of Texas has LOTS of shopping opportunities, and I get a total kick out of walking through the Automobile Buildings, imagining what my next car needs to be, without having to visit a million different dealerships.  I also love walking through the Embarcadero and the Go Texan Pavilion…so many vendors selling everything from BBQ sauces, jewelry, kitchen appliances and accessories….the possibilities are endless.  Many vendors are small business owners, and I like to support those folks as often as possible!


 State Fair Midway Arcade Balloon Game


Football Game Days and Public School Days

It’s good to know what’s going on at the State Fair of Texas before you head to Fair Park!  Some days are definitely more crowded than others.  Here’s a link to the calendar….be sure and check it before you plan on visiting.

But wait, Curious Cowgirl…..aren’t you going to tell us about what all know to be your FAVORITE parts of the State Fair of Texas…Creative Arts and Livestock????  Oh, dear readers, never fear!  I have an ENTIRE post coming about those activities at the Fair, behind the scenes, interviews with organizers and ribbon winners…stay tuned!!!

OK y’all…so get yourselves to Dallas, and enjoy The State Fair of Texas!!!

This post was written in collaboration with the State Fair of Texas.  All opinions are my own!