Yes, I’ve been listening to George Strait lately. But that song title fits Texas right now. This is what we call State Fair weather. Chilly mornings that require a sweater or sweatshirt, warm afternoons where you can be comfortable in shorts, cool evenings that will put you back in jeans or sweats. You almost have to carry a change of clothes with you if you’ll be out all day.
We Texans live for State Fair weather. After something like 50 days of temps in the high nineties to low hundreds, we’re ready for the chill. But not winter. Not yet.
Speaking of the State Fair, it’s going on right now. If you’ve never been to the State Fair of Texas, you’ve missed a treat. Like everything else in Texas, we do it up big. We have a permanent Fair Park that is open year round, with museums, the aquarium, music hall, and Science Place, but for two weeks in September, the park comes alive with rides, food (fried EVERYTHING, from Twinkies to peanut butter, jelly, and banana sandwiches and the famous State Fair Corny Dog), music, car shows, quilts, crafts, animals, rodeos, and the Texas-OU football game.
And then there’s Big Tex. He’s an icon in Texas. Last year, the day after we visited the fair, he caught on fire and burned up. But he’s back this year, newly redesigned but close to the original.
You can walk yourself silly, eat until you pop, or shop until you drop. You can spend a little or a lot. You can learn about all kinds of things, or just ride the rides from open to close. It’s a magical place for young children, and can be an exhausting one for adults. But it’s definitely an experience not to be missed.
I’ve been going to the State Fair since I was ten years old. (We won’t discuss how old I am now, but I was 9 when JFK was assassinated). Hubby and I had our second date at the fair. I was there two days before my second child was born (with a twenty-one-month-old in tow.) I went just before I had cancer surgery. I’ve been there with my parents, my children, and my grandchildren.
Is there a special place or event that holds great memories for you, or a tradition for your family? Is there something you especially love about fall?