The State Fair of Texas is a local staple that isn’t to be messed with. There are a lot of attractions that bring people to this annual event, but one you won’t see advertised is the prime people watching. Here are some of the likely suspects you’ll see when you go…
1. The Good ol’ Country Boy
Where to find them: by the livestock
You don’t typically see many cowboys in downtown Dallas, but they sure come from all over Texas for the State Fair. You can classify them by their cowboy boots and distinctive Southern drawl. They’re usually drawn to the livestock section due to its abundance of cattle, sheep, goats and chickens. The country folk tend to be more pleasant than some of the other fair folk.
2. The One Who Doesn’t Care About Calories
Where to find them: literally everywhere
This year Big Tex has #blessed us with an exclusive menu of eight delicacies to vote on as the best tasting and most creative foods at the fair this fall. Two of the most talked about contestants are the Chicken Fried Lobster with Champagne Gravy and the highly anticipated Smoky Bacon Margarita. The true foodies at the fair will try all eight Big Tex finalists, ideally in one sitting to really be able to judge fairly. If you’re into more traditional deep fried goodness, all your favorites will be back. The bliss on people’s faces as they enjoy funnel cakes and Fletcher’s corny dogs is still unmatched.
3. The Extreme Gamers
Where to find them: along the Midway
You know the type - they come to the fair for one reason and one reason only: total domination. At the end of the day, it’s all about winning enough points to take home the giant stuffed gorilla. You’ll find these characters glued to the game booths racking up tickets and saying RIP to the competition. Once they’ve knocked down all the milk cans, they’ll ride the Top o’ Texas Tower to look down and bask in all their glory.
4. The Out of Towners
Where to find them: walking extra slow, videoing everything they see on their phones (not to be confused with Local Teenage Girls)
Every year, people come from all over the country to witness the wonder of the State Fair of Texas. The ones that aren’t from these parts are easy to spot – just look for the ones poring over the visitor’s guide and asking people for directions. They’re also likely candidates to buy a bunch of souvenirs to take back home with them.
5. The one who’s had a little too much to drink
Where to find them: getting kicked out of the beer or wine garden
The State Fair of Texas keeps it classy with both a beer garden and wine garden on the fairgrounds. Unfortunately, there’s always that one person who takes it a little too far and ruins a good thing. These people are easily pinpointed by their loud talking levels and difficulty walking in a straight line. It’s recommended to observe these folks from afar and not get too close.
A trip to the fair isn’t complete without stopping by Bullzerk to pick out the perfect shirt to wear and to have a keepsake to remember your experience forever. Come in and choose from one of the shirts above or from the line of Texas products we keep in store.