Where to Find Your Favorite Fair Foods

Fair Food - Corny dog

Even though we won’t be able to enjoy the Auto Show, live music concerts, the Midway, or other State Fair of Texas attractions, we can still enjoy some of our favorite ‘fair foods’ like Fletcher’s Corny Dogs.

 Big Tex Fair Food Drive-Thru 

This year, starting on September 19th, you can get Fletcher’s Corny Dogs, Pioneer Kettle Corn, and more State Fair favorites, all while social distancing and without having to get out of your car. There are a variety of packages available, starting at $65, and they include everything from a professional photo with State Fair icon Big Tex to sodas, cotton candy, and even a prize from the midway games.

Smokey John’s turkey legs, Sweet Connie’s corn on the cob, and more fair foods can also be added.

Fair Food & Photo Packages are available for these dates: 

  • September 19 – 20: Photo-only Drive-Thru experience $25. The photo-only activation will operate from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. with all tickets pre-sold in three entry windows. 
  • Friday, September 25 through Sunday, September 27, 2020  
  • Friday, October 2 through Sunday, October 4, 2020 
  • Friday, October 9 through Monday, October 12, 2020 (excluding Saturday, October 10, due to the AT&T Red River Showdown football game) 
  • Thursday, October 15 through Sunday, October 18, 2020 

FAIR FOOD & PHOTO PACKAGE A – $65

Feeds Two (2) people
Includes:

  • Admission (in one vehicle) for up to eight (8) people
  • Downloadable professional photo with Big Tex
  • Two (2) Soft Drinks or Bottled Waters provided by Haworth Concessions
  • One (1) order of Jack’s French Fries
  • One (1) order of Stiffler’s Fried Oreos®
  • One (1) bag of State Fair Cotton Candy
  • One (1) bag of Pioneer Kettle Corn
  • One (1) Midway Prize
Order Package A – $65

FAIR FOOD & PHOTO PACKAGE B – $99

Feed 3-4 people
Includes:

  • Admission (in one vehicle) for up to eight (8) people
  • Downloadable professional photo with Big Tex
  • Four (4) Soft Drinks or Bottled Waters provided by Haworth Concessions
  • Two (2) orders of Jack’s French Fries
  • Two (2) orders of Stiffler’s Fried Oreos®
  • Two (2) bags of State Fair Cotton Candy
  • Two (2) bags of Pioneer Kettle Corn
  • Two (2) Midway Prizes
Order Package B – $99
More information about State Fair of Texas Cancelation.

*Photo credit Kevin Brown/State Fair of Texas

Autumn at the Arboretum Fall Festival Highlights The Art of the Pumpkin

Arboretum Fall Festival pumpkins

The Autumn at the Arboretum Festival runs from September 19 to November 1, highlighting the nationally acclaimed Pumpkin Village, featuring four 20-foot-tall decorated pumpkin houses and creative displays fashioned from more than 90,000 pumpkins, gourds, and squash.

With the theme, “The Art of the Pumpkin,” the Dallas Arboretum’s popular festival has been named one of the “Best Fall Festivals to Celebrate the Season” by Country Living Magazine. The event opens on September 19, 2020, and runs through November 1.

Visitors can purchase tickets online from September 1-18 to receive $1 off per ticket; these tickets are valid for admission during the festival dates. 

Autumn at the Arboretum features the breathtaking colors of fall including 150,000 autumn flowers accented by pumpkins, gourds, and squash from Floydada, Texas. The festival also features the return of the popular Mommy and Me Mondays and Tiny Tot Tuesdays, presented by Kimberly-Clark, a hay bale maze, a pumpkin patch with pumpkins for purchase, music, and more.  

Alan Walne, Dallas Arboretum’s board chairman, said, “We invite the community to the Dallas Arboretum to experience a familiar place, including Pumpkin Village, which has been a tradition for 15 years. The garden is a wonderful place to social distance, get some fresh air outdoors, and take plenty of photos.” 

You can also visit A Tasteful Place, a 3.5-acre food, herb, and vegetable garden. Weekly activities include free Monday cooking demonstrations with Dallas College Cooks along with activities throughout the week including cooking, floral, and horticulture demonstrations. Each weekend features live bands playing in the afternoon. Check the website and social media for times and schedules.

Arboretum Fall Festival Events

Tasteful Tuesdays: Tuesdays 11 a.m.-noon
Local flower store professionals show participants helpful tips and tricks for making their own floral arrangements and how to select the best grocery store flowers. 
September 22: McShan Florist
September 29: Ruibal’s
October 6: Enflowerment 
October 27: McShan Florist 

Pumpkin Thursdays Scavenger Hunt
September 24 – October 29
Stop by the Information Booth on Thursdays to pick up a map for the scavenger hunt winding throughout the garden. You and your family will lenjoy finding surprises in Pumpkin Village. Complete the hunt; turn in the card back at the Information Booth to receive a ticket to be redeemed. for a brownie from the Terrace Café.

Oktoberfest 
September 20 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Celebrate Oktoberfest at the Arboretum with complimentary beer samples, tasty local and traditional food vendors, and live music all weekend. Compete in the pretzel toss and stein-holding competition, supported by White Rock Ale House. Café on the Green’s Oktoberfest menu, which is available from September 19 to November 1, features bratwursts, carved pastrami sandwiches, warm apple strudel, black forest cake, and assorted Oktoberfest beers. 

National Coffee Day Celebration
September 29
Grab a cup of coffee from one of many of Dallas’ favorite spots, and celebrate National Coffee Day while listening to live music. Choose from a selection of pastries, baked goods, and other coffee-flavored treats such as ice cream and popsicles.

Dallas Arboretum logo

About the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden: The Dallas Arboretum is located on the southeastern shore of White Rock Lake at 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas 75218. Festival admission is $17 for adults, $14 for seniors 65 and older, $12 for children 2-12, and free for Arboretum members and children under two.  Parking is $15 or $10 purchased online. For more information, call 214.515.6500 or visit www.dallasarboretum.org

See Y’all Next Year!

State Fair Of Texas Cancels 2020 Season Due to Coronavirus

We are sad to announce that the circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic has caused the State Fair of Texas Board of Directors to cancel the 2020 State Fair of Texas

The 2021 State Fair of Texas is scheduled to run Friday, September 24 through Sunday, October 17, 2021, in historic Fair Park.

This will be the first time since World War II that the State Fair of Texas has not opened. The State Fair of Texas has previously canceled Fairs because of World War I (1918), planning for the 1936 Texas Centennial Exposition and 1937 Pan American Exposition at Fair Park (1935 – 1937), and World War II (1942 – 1945). 

 “This was an extremely tough decision. The health and safety of all involved has remained our top priority throughout the decision-making process. One of the greatest aspects of the Fair is welcoming each and every person who passes through our gates with smiles and open arms. In the current climate of COVID-19, there is no feasible way for the Fair to put proper precautions in place while maintaining the Fair environment you know and love. While we cannot predict what the COVID-19 pandemic will look like in September, the recent surge in positive cases is troubling for all of North Texas. The safest and most responsible decision we could make for all involved at this point in our 134-year history is to take a hiatus for the 2020 season.”  

Gina Norris, board chair for the State Fair of Texas

With health and safety as the top priority, the management team and the board of directors discussed all potential scenarios since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Fair gathered input from fairgoers, concessionaires, commercial exhibitors, Midway operators, auto manufacturers, business partners, staff, medical experts, and government officials to consider while coming to this conclusion. The Fair realizes the impact not holding a Fair will have on our loyal fans and the North Texas economy, but this is the right thing to do for the health and wellness of our community.  

While the State Fair of Texas is canceled for 2020, the NCAA, respective conferences, and participating universities – the University of Texas & University of Oklahoma and Prairie View A&M University & Grambling State University – will be in charge of making decisions regarding the football games that occur at Cotton Bowl Stadium during this unprecedented time of COVID-19. Should football be played this fall, the schools will be playing in the Cotton Bowl as scheduled, despite the cancellation of the 2020 State Fair. Those details are still to be determined.   

“While we are heartbroken at the notion of not welcoming more than 2.5 million of our closest friends for this annual celebration of the Lone Star State, the excitement we feel in moving forward with planning the 2021 State Fair of Texas and keeping this 134-year tradition alive will keep us motivated until we can greet our fairgoers, seasonal staff, and business partners again in a safe environment.”

Mitchell Glieber, president of the State Fair of Texas. 

The State Fair of Texas will return September 24 – Ocotber 17, 2021