The State Fair of Texas has launched its annual one month run in Dallas.  This is the 125th year for the fair, prompting the theme "125 Years: A Timeless Tradition." 



In the beginning, the big draws were cattle sales, displays of farm machinery, concerts, balloon ascents and "contests for the ladies."  But that was so 125 years ago.

Today it's the biggest state fair in the United States, and the big attractions are live music, auto shows, pig races, rides on the midway -- and uniquely fried foods.

There are concerts featuring Randy Travis, KC and the Sunshine Band, Jack Ingram, JB and the Moonshine Band, Colt Ford and more;  more than 70 rides and attractions on the midway, including the world's largest Ferris Wheel;  pig races and other competitions.

But food -- fried foods especially -- is one of the big draws.  That menu is almost endless because, if it's edible and tasty, someone has figured out a way to deep fry it.  Even ice cream and candy bars.

Even Big Tex -- the 52-foot figure that greets fairgoers with the familiar "Howdy, folks" -- is all gussied up this year, with a new red, white and blue Western shirt with stars, five-pocket denim jeans and Twisted X boots.

The State Fair of Texas goes through October 23rd, in Fair Park just east of downtown Dallas.  Just look for the biggest Ferris Wheel you've ever seen and drive toward it.

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