So the State Fair of Texas isn’t exactly the gayest place on earth, but it is a wonderful guilty pleasure where you can indulge the urge to wear socks with sandals and strut your inner mullet. Slumming can be fun — just ask Anastasia Beaverhausen.
There’s plenty of decadent fun to be had in the shadows of our favorite ginormous man-puppet, Big Tex.
Abs be damned, the fair is all about the food (and a few freckled kids in overalls who raise sheep thrown in for variety). Believe it or not, two of the much-ballyhooed new fried foods this year don’t disappoint.
Be sure to check out the Deep Fried Latte at the Desperados booth on Nimitz Drive, just down from the newborn potbelly pigs. And Fernie’s Fried Chili Frito Burrito is greasy goodness, inside the Dock Restaurant in the Embarcadero, just a few hundred steps away from the giant butter sculpture of animals in a hot air balloon. (Yawn…)
And if you’ve lost your gag reflex, then good-ol’ standby Fletcher’s Corny Dogs are as hot and plump as ever.
Then wipe the mustard off your face and head to the gayest exhibit ever at the Women’s Museum. View Hollywood costumes worn by Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn, Julie Andrews and Barbra Streisand, to name just a few of our favorite divas.
So go, have fun, and wear a big disguise. If we see you, we’ll just pretend we didn’t – just like the ladies at Taco Time.
State Fair of Texas
Fair Park, tickets $14, parking $10