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The State Fair of Texas is so close you can taste it.

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Good news first: The folks at the State Fair of Texas have chosen 10 intriguing new foods to compete in the final round of the 14th annual Big Tex Choice Awards. 

OK, bad news: Deep Fried Ranch did not make this year's cut.

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M&M's, you’ve got a date with the deep fryer! Pickles, you’re gettin’ fried! Lobster: fry it, baby!

Those are just a few of the new items in the running for the State Fair of Texas’ annual food competition: the Big Tex Choice Awards.

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It’s no State Fair of Texas, but the other major fair in this region, the North Texas Fair and Rodeo in Denton, has dreams of expanding.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: It’s the first day of the fair; least and most distressed cities in Texas; Southwest Airlines taking a financial hit from Harvey; and more.

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Note: This post has been updated to reflect 2018 discounts.

Like some of our favorite occasions, the State Fair of Texas comes just once a year. But between the tempting foods and classic rides, the annual festivities can burn a hole in your pocket.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: New fair food announced; Joe Straus calls for removal of “inaccurate” Confederate plaque at Capitol; Theaster Gates wins 2018 Nasher Prize; and more.

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A hamburger topped with bacon, drenched with queso and sandwiched between two funnel cakes proved so impressive, it won two Big Tex Choice Awards Sunday afternoon.

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The competition's heating up: Ten finalists for the 13th annual Big Tex Choice Awards were announced by the State Fair of Texas Wednesday morning.

Oreo Beer — an item some thought would be just crazy enough to eat (or drink?) — didn't make the cut. But, the even more perplexing Fat Smooth sailed through the semifinals. 

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The State Fair of Texas Friday morning released its list of 30 semifinalists for the 13th annual Big Tex Choice Awards.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: The South Texas congressman who told off Trump reflects as the election nears; what would it actually take to finish the border wall?; SMU claimed its fourth victory over Houston in 27 years; and more.

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There’s a lot to gawk at at the State Fair of Texas. A 55-foot-tall cowboy, towering cones of cotton candy, flashing midway rides that defy gravity. This year, a handful of guys on pogo sticks do that too.

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The State Fair of Texas is underway at Fair Park. For nearly 65 years, Big Tex, the giant cowboy, has stood over the fair, greeting visitors.  Here’s a history lesson.

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There’s so much to do at the State Fair of Texas -- rides, exhibits, games and taking the obligatory photo next to Big Tex. But what tends to grab the most headlines: the fried fair food concoctions.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Eleven people have applied to replace Susan Hawk as Dallas County District Attorney; the “Cycling Dutchman” is passing through Texas on his journey to bike around the world; a member of The Monkees returns home to Dallas this weekend; and more.

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The Big Tex Choice Awards were given to what you thought were the wildest fair food concoctions this year. On Tuesday, just over a week until opening day, the State Fair of Texas announced 24 more.

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Raise your hand if you doubted Fried Jell-O. When it was announced as a State Fair contender earlier this month, did you question if it was delicious, or if it was even edible? Doubt no more.

 

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The State Fair of Texas this morning announced the eight finalists for its annual Big Tex Choice Awards, which honors the best in craziest fried fair food.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: The Taylor Swift Experience will be on display this fall in Fair Park; Mark Cuban donated $1 million to Dallas Police; watch a rocket launch in West Texas; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: The countdown to the State Fair of Texas begins; TCU fired its basketball coach of nearly four years; SXSW apologizes for asking a Muslim presenter to remove her hijab for a badge photo; and more.

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Dallas residents will get another chance to offer their ideas on Fair Park’s future at a special Dallas City Council meeting Feb. 8. For decades, people have talked about how to revitalize Fair Park and make the 277-acre fairground a year-round destination, but getting everyone on board has been the sticking point. 

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Fair Park is packed during the fall thanks to the State Fair of Texas, but for decades people have talked about how to make the 277-acre fairground a year-round destination to help revitalize the area.

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It was a record-breaking State Fair of Texas.

The fair, which wrapped up Sunday, announced it sold $53.6 million in food and ride coupons this year, smashing the $42 million sold last year.

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Inside the Creative Arts building at the State Fair of Texas -- past the butter sculpture, and near the jars of jams and pickles and salsas -- is Peggy Garmon.

 

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Heading to the State Fair of Texas on Friday? KERA will be there, too! Join Jeff Whittington at noon for a special edition of “Anything You Ever Wanted To Know” – live from the fair.

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Thousands of Longhorns and Sooners are already streaming into town for Texas-OU weekend. The Red River Showdown kicks off at 11 a.m. Saturday.

If you can’t afford a ticket to the Cotton Bowl, clever folks at the State Fair of Texas can still have a lot of fun on the cheap.

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The State Fair of Texas will feel a little bit like New England this year. That’s because lobster is on the menu. But it will be fried. (But of course.)

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By the time you pay for admission, parking and a corny dog… a day at the State Fair of Texas is getting pricey. Throw in a few attempts at a midway game and you can practically hear the dollars flying from your wallet.

There’s just something about trying to knock over milk bottles with a baseball or scoop a prize duck from the pond that’s hard to resist.

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It’s Texas-OU weekend in Dallas. That means a flood of burnt orange and crimson rolling into downtown tonight.  

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Big Tex is one of the most iconic features of the State Fair of Texas. It’s been dubbed the quirkiest landmark in the country, after all. The oversized cowboy just became a little more awesome in this video.

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