Avoid These 4 Fair Fails When Visiting the 2017 State Fair of Texas

Rookie Mistakes to Know Before You Go

Posted on Sep 27, 2017 By Nick Totin

Going to the fair can be the highlight to anyone's fall season. Whether it's your first time or hundredth time to the State Fair of Texas, we could all use some helpful tips on how to make our trip great.

1. Don't spend too much time parking.

DART is a great option to save time getting to the fair. Just hop on a train to Fair Park Station and get dropped off right in front of the main gate! You can even purchase your tickets on the DART GoPASS app. The time you save on transportation means more time at the Midway or a second (or third) Fletcher's Corny Dog. 

Admission Gate State Fair of Texas
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2. Don't try to get everything done in one day.

The State Fair of Texas is the longest running fair in the country with open gates for 24 consecutive days. And for good reason! There's so much to see, do and taste, so don't feel like you have to cram it all in one day. Check the daily schedule for details, and browse their guided itineraries (available in English and Spanish!) for even more ideas. 

3. Don't pay too much!

Save on admission by buying a season pass. If you plan to go more than once (and we think you should) you can save with a season pass. The season pass includes other great benefits as well, like one bring a friend day admission, free headliner concerts on the Chevrolet Main Stage and discounts on rides, food and merchandise!

The State Fair of Texas partners with many organizations to offer discounted admission on tickets for things like donating to the food bank, or recycling a Dr. Pepper can. Check out all the ways to save at the gate here

4. Don't miss the icons

Big Tex

Big Tex lives at the center of the fair grounds along Lone Star Boulevard and Grand Avenue and welcomes every fair goer with a deep, Texas-accented voice. Plus the main Fletcher's Corny Dog stand is just steps away, so a stop for a selfie and corny dog is ideal.


The epicenter of excitement, Fair Park's Midway, is home to the fair's rides and some of the tastiest treats too. Plan for the rides being early in the day because nobody in your group wants to see your turkey leg a second time.

Fair Park Midway
Experience the Midway

Texas Star

The heart of the Fair Park Midway is the Texas Star, Dallas' iconic Ferris wheel. Snag a selfie from the ground before you take to the sky on your 20-story tall journey offering unique views of Fair Park and the Dallas skyline.

Fletcher's Corny Dog

Imagine getting home and realizing that your plan to "come back when the line was shorter" completely fell through. Dedicate the time to standing in line. We all know how worth it the wait can be. This staple is so popular, we've made a Corny Dog B&G for even more selfie opportunities.

Cotton Bowl

Home of the famous Texas-OU weekend game, the Cotton Bowl is Fair Park's symbol of victory.

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