by Abba Yaney

The State Fair of Texas. like most large scale events, was canceled this year due to Covid-19. While they canceled the traditional State Fair we know and love, the Fair recently announced the debut of a drive-thru option for people to get their Fair fix of corny dogs, cotton candy, kettle corn, french fries, and fried Oreos and a photo with Big Tex.

The Big Tex Fair Food Drive-Thru will occur on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays between Sept. 25 and Oct. 18, when the State Fair of Texas would have taken place. There are some date changes, so be sure to check out that information at https://bigtex.com/big-tex-fair-food-drive-thru/

Tickets will be sold in advance and allow entrance during a select date and time slot. The entry times are between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., between 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m., and between 5:00 p.m. and 5:45 p.m., There will be health and safety protocols in place during the event. This includes masks to be worn while interacting with team members and guests remaining inside their vehicles during the event. Once you have completed the drive-thru event there is a parking lot available if you want to eat your food immediately. There will be no picnic tables available so guests are encouraged to bring their own chairs or eat in their cars.

Packages Available

Kevin Brown/State Fair of Texas

Package A: $65 (feeds 1-2 people)

  • Admission (in one vehicle) for up to eight (8) people
  • Downloadable professional photo with Big Tex
  • Two (2) Soft Drinks or Bottled Waters provided by Haworth Concessions
  • Two (2) Fletcher’s Original State Fair Corny Dogs™
  • One (1) bag of State Fair Cotton Candy
  • One (1) bag of Pioneer Kettle Corn
  • One (1) order of Jack’s French Fries
  • One (1) order of Stiffler’s Fried Oreos®
  • One (1) Midway Prize

Package B: $99 (feeds 3-4 people)

  • Admission (in one vehicle) for up to eight (8) people
  • Downloadable professional photo with Big Tex
  • Four (4) Soft Drinks or Bottled Waters provided by Haworth Concessions
  • Four (4) Fletcher’s Original State Fair Corny Dogs™
  • Two (2) orders of Jack’s French Fries
  • Two (2) orders of Stiffler’s Fried Oreos®
  • Two (2) bags of State Fair Cotton Candy
  • Two (2) bags of Pioneer Kettle Corn
  • Two (2) Midway Prizes

I spent my summer as an intern with the State Fair of Texas, and it was an incredible experience. I learned how an organization could pivot, and problem solving during unprecedented times. As a nonprofit organization, the Fair is essential to those communities it serves. This drive-thru will allow the Fair to fulfill its mission of promoting agriculture, education, and community involvement through quality entertainment in a family-friendly environment. This is also the perfect opportunity to enjoy some of your fair food favorites. I look forward to taking my photo with Big Tex in his mask soon.

Finally, to learn more information about the State Fair of Texas and the The Big Tex Fair Food Drive-Thru visit https://bigtex.com/.