I say this every single year, but the State Fair of Texas is a big deal not only around our area, but in our family. It’s personally a big deal for us because my grandparents have been going since the early 1950s. YES! That’s a long time to keep up the tradition, right? I’ve told this story a million times, but it’s one of my faves. My grandmother said that one year, she and my grandfather sat on a bench at the fair and talked about how weird and crazy it would be to go back the very next year with a baby (she was pregnant at the time). Twelve months later, they went back to the fair and sat on the same bench. With two babies. She said they just kind of looked at each other like “what in the world happened?!?”. Hahahaha! #irishtwins My mom and her brother are less than 11 months a part.
Needless to say, we always mark our calendar and pick a date to head to the fair. This year, all sorts of crazy good stuff aligned because…1. we had the first cool day in North Texas of the season (it was like 62 degrees!!) and 2. NO ONE WAS THERE! It was the least crowded I’ve ever in my life seen the fair. That my friends, was a crazy good combination!
We always like to head to the fair in the late afternoon and stay until nighttime. Here we are! We arrived right around 2:45 ready to go!
Us with Big Tex. It’s so hard to take a pic with the bright sun 😉 .
We always love to visit the car shows and check them all out.
Love this girl so much!! Look at me, wearing that same sweater again 😉 . It’s so cozy!!
I see my future here 😉 .
This boy! He’s so sweet to his mama!!
(Psssst: my super comfy booties are HERE.)
I caught Madeley dancing to the live music!
Here is one food stand…I just wanted you to see some of the amazing “fried” options…
…Fried Lemonade, anyone? 😉
Every year, we walk through the log house.
Here we are checking out more live music!
Inside the little petting zoo with my crew!
We looked at the horses too!
And it wouldn’t be the State Fair of Texas without a Fletcher’s Corny Dog!
Andrew and I each had BBQ instead. This is my chopped brisket sandwich plate. IT WAS DELICIOUS!
She loved her corny dog! All four kiddos picked that for their dinner. And then…
…the girls wanted cotton candy while this guy wanted…
…a nutty bar!
This year, my kids were really interested in spending the bulk of our time riding rides and playing games. First stop on the midway…
…a fun house!
Love these three!
These three in line to ride this “tornado”.
Madeley couldn’t stand to watch 😉 .
Around they went!
Look at Ashby able to ride the slide by herself!!
She had the BEST time! She rode all the rides this year!!
The Shull Six 🙂 .
Smith won her a big pink unicorn 🙂 .
I was impressed!
He won so many prizes…
…for his sisters 🙂 .
The boys wanted to ride go carts!
Friends, we played so many games! Ha!
After allllll the games, we decided to ride the BIG Ferris wheel.
Here we are inside our little cart about to go around.
It’s huge! Look at the pretty view of downtown Dallas!
We pretty much always end our night walking through the reptile show. Clearly, we brought home the loot this year!
We had a FAIR-y good day!
Traditions are a big part of our family and this is one of our very favorites! xo