Saturday, September 28, 2013

Anticipating the Fair...

"Our State Fair is a great state fair.  Don't miss it, don't even be late.  It's dollars to donuts that our state fair is the best state fair in our state."

Name that movie...




The answer is right there in the song...

I've now had this song in my head for nearly 48 hours as I prepare to attend... no, not the Iowa state fair like in the movie, but the TEXAS STATE FAIR!  As a DIE-HARD Rodgers and Hammerstein musical fan, and one who can sing and recite any song or line from this movie if asked, I am a little ashamed to say that I think the Texas State Fair will be even bigger and better than the Iowa State Fair.

I have been doing some research on the Texas State Fair website... and this experience is going to be UNBELIEVABLE!


Here are just a few of the attractions that have caught my eye regarding the Texas State Fair:
  • Fried Cookie Dough
  • Ostrich Races
  • Celebrity Chefs Demonstration
  • Ice Cream Sampling
  • The Life and Times of Big Tex
  • Giant Sing-Along
  • The Backyard Circus
  • Pee Wee Stampede
  • Red, White, and You!
  • Pig Races
  • Youth Swine Skill-A-Thon Contest (What the ????)
  • Live Music
In addition to the aforementioned activities, apparently there are the 2013 Big Tex Choice Awards to think about...

 2013 Big Tex Winners
 Best Tasting
Deep-Fried Cuban Roll
A filling of slow cooked pork shoulder, chopped ham, Swiss cheese, pickles, and secret sauce is spread onto a slice of Swiss cheese, rolled up in pastry dough, and deep fried.  Roll is served with a side of majo sauce for dipping.

Most Creative
Fried Thanksgiving Dinner
Mama’s homemade stuffing and diced roasted turkey are rolled in a ball.   Next it’s dipped in southern cream corn and rolled in seasoned corn meal – all fried to a crispy golden brown. Served with old fashion giblet brown gravy.   The zesty orange cranberry sauce fills your dipping needs and results in a complete thanksgiving dinner, FRIED! 

2013 Big Tex Choice Awards Finalists

Awesome Deep Fried Nutella® – Cream cheese and Nutella® are whipped and spread over flaky Phyllo dough sheets, rolled up, and deep fried. Served with a drizzle of honey and shaved almonds.

Fernie’s Deep Fried King Ranch Casserole –This stick-to-your-ribs TEXAS SHAPED creation is melted cheese, salty, spicy, goodness that is dipped in a zesty southwestern egg wash and coated in panko bread crumbs.  Deep fried golden brown and crunchy on the outside; steamy and creamy on the inside! Served with a side of red, white, and blue tortilla chips and your choice of our homemade “salsafied” sour cream or cheesy queso.  Each one proudly flying the flag of the Lone Star State and deep fried in the Heart of Texas!

Golden Fried Millionaire Pie – Sweetened, fluffy cream cheese filling is loaded with golden pineapple and Texas pecans then wrapped in a flaky pie crust and fried to a golden brown. Topped with whipped cream, toasted coconut, and candied pecans.

Spinach Dip Bites – Creamy and delicious spinach artichoke dip bites are coated with crispy tortilla chips and flash-fried until golden brown. Bites are served with salsa for an additional kick.  

Southern Style Chicken-Fried Meatloaf – Homemade meatloaf slices are coated in an authentic Texas chicken-fried breading and deep fried golden brown. Served with garlic mashed potatoes, Texas cream gravy, and a ketchup/brown sugar glaze for dipping.

Texas Fried Fireball – Pimento cheese, pickles, cayenne pepper, and bacon are rolled into a ball, dipped in buttermilk, covered with a jalapeno-infused batter and deep fried. Served with chipotle ranch for dipping.

Oh my.

What a day of Texas State Fair culture-shock is ahead of me!

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