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Top 5 coolest things about the Texas state fair

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The Texas State Fair is a tradition.

The State Fair of Texas is legendary among state residents and visitors alike. Kids get school off, millions flock to the grounds at Fair Park, and for 24 days this Texas tradition becomes the talk of the town. Before you join the crowd, get ready to wow your friends and family with your knowledge of these top 5 coolest of fair factoids.

5 – Out of all the unique fried foods to be found at the fair, a fried peanut butter, jelly, and banana sandwich got top marks during the first Big Tex Choice Awards in 2005. A worthy winner if we’ve ever seen one.

4 – Not a fan of fried food? Not a problem at the Texas state fair. You’re actually allowed to bring in outside food and (nonalcoholic) drink, a whole cooler of it! Perfect for those who want to save some money and/or avoid a full-fat assault.

3 – Before making his mark at the fair, the famous Big Tex statue lived a whole other life … as Santa Claus.

2 – At the end of every night, the petting zoo handlers let all the animals into the arena for free-for-all playtime, llamas, ponies, zebras and all!

And the No. 1 coolest thing about the State Fair of Texas? Founded in 1886, it’s the country’s longest-running fair. It’s also nonprofit, so you can be sure the money from your ticket is only going to make the fair even better next year.

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