I just couldn't wait to get into the Creative Arts Building. Ever since my parents took us to our first fair, I was fascinated by all the things people won prizes for: quilts, knitting, embroidery, cake decorating, painting, drawing, crocheting, canning, photography, the list goes on and on.
When we stepped through the door, we entered a world of color and creativity. At the top of everything were the quilts, hung way up high in a league of their own. Some quilts were geometric, others were swirls of colors, or butterflies or themed (Harry Potter was one) and I was snapping photos of them all. Below are my favorite quilts...
The quilt pictured below looks like a compilation of all the other quilts this person has made. The work that went into it is amazing!
|Swirl pattern with lots of little triangles - |
|Harry Potter-themed quilt - First Premium in Youth|
|Butterflies - Second Premium|
|Butter sculpture by Ken Robison|
|Intricate embroidery won First Premium|
|Close-up of embroidery|
|Stained glass fairy|
|Awesome fused glass ocelot won |
|A beautiful cross-stitched piece! |
(Only received Honorable Mention)
On the way out of the Creative Arts Hall, we snagged a cup of Dr. Pepper Chocolate Chip ice cream to share. YUMMY!
Across the hall from Creative Arts was a shopping embarcadero. We roamed the aisles to see what looked interesting. We found a couple of things to buy.
|We bought a blue round light |
like the ones on top
The set-up below looked like a fun Christmas gift for a child. The gear pieces have batteries in them, so you can hook a bunch together and make lots of moving parts.
|"Funny Gears" sets|
|Lone Star Boulevard - State Fair 2106|
|Chevrolet Main Stage|
|Bob (on right) going up stairs to Hall of State|
Lunchtime was upon us and we decided to have corn dogs (we each got our own). So far the corn dog line was the longest line in the park. Apparently Fletcher's Hot Dogs are very popular here. Our order was for two "Bird Dogs" (turkey corn dogs). They were cooked to perfection, a beautiful golden-brown crust encasing the cornbread-like covering around the turkey hot dogs. We waited about 20 minutes in the hot sun to get them. Right behind us was Big Tex, the biggest Texan in Texas. He says "Howdy" and other stuff and moves his arms and hands around.
Big Tex is 55' tall with a 95-gallon hat and classic Dickies, size 434 x 240 inches. Big Tex began his existence in 1949 in Kerens, Texas, as the World's Largest Santa Claus built to lure holiday shoppers. He was put up for sale two years later and was snatched up by R. L. Thornton, president of the State Fair of Texas, for $750.
Thornton hired Dallas artist Jack Bridges to shave Santa's beard and transform him into the face of the Fair. In 1952, Big Tex debuted at the Texas State Fair and Texans fell in love with the big guy. When going to the fair, it's a tradition to have your photo taken with Big Tex.
|Big Tex as seen from the Fletcher's|
Corn Dog line
|Our first photo with Big Tex|
Below is a see-through robot that moves from side to side. Maybe this will be the future Big Tex. But I bet they won't get him for $750!!!
|A future Big Tex perhaps?|
|Xpogo - Clearing the 6' bar|
|7' -Gives new meaning |
to raising the bar!
Centennial Hall was originally the Exposition Building which dated back to 1905. More square footage was developed/added in 1935 and 1936 for the Texas Centennial Exposition. There are three female statues in porticoes along the building. The statues represent Spain, the Confederacy and the Republic of Texas
|Centennial Hall and one of the three statues|
|The Esplanade - where a lot of entertainment took |
place throughout the day and evening
At the Marine Corps Square in front of the D.A.R. House, we saw these Flamenco dancers so we sat and watched for a few minutes.
|Colorful skirts a-swirl|
We then headed over to the Women's Museum Building thinking we'd check out "Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel - The Exhibition" appearing in America for the first time ever. The additional admission fee of $8.00 deterred us, so we didn't go in.
At 3:30 p.m. we wanted to see Le Freak perform at the Chevrolet stage. They are a tribute band and play 90s disco songs like "Le Freak" by Chic, "YMCA" by The Village People, "Dancing Queen" by Donna Summers, "Get Down Tonight" by K.C. and the Sunshine Band, "Brick House" by the Commodores, Bee Gees, Michael Jackson, Rod Stewart, Sister Sledge and more. We watched them for over an hour. They were quite entertaining.
We wandered around the fairgrounds some more as dusk set in and found a mobile redwood log home. The inside of the log was hollowed out to make the home inside. The log that this home was made from is 1,000 years old and this is only a small portion of the whole tree. Can you imagine what it would cost in gas to tow this mobile home around?
Bob got a photo of me in front of the Lone Star Boulevard sign. You can see how crowded the fair is.
As evening descended, we breathed a sign of relief as the temperature became more bearable and the sun dropped out of sight.
To be continued in Part 3...