aimster wrote:Oh and I want to thank you guys again for helping me build the courage to do the houses during HOS. Once I got over my initial freak out, I was having a blast (until that one vamp snuck between Shawn & I and scared the crap out of me in the vampire casino house ). Hope we can all do it again next year!
I'm going to Busch Gardens tomorrow and will tell the roos you say "hello".
Like SuperShawn said it was a great time! Just think that Vampire scaring you two was....wait for it.... UNEXPECTED! Oh. and You Suck! (for going to BG without us!)
Jojo19799 wrote:I reeeeeeeeeeeeally wish I could have been there that weekend. Maybe next year if there is an event. I miss you guys and can't wait until our playdate at WCB (even though Joe might not be there, he'll be there in spirit).
Too bad you couldn't come out and play, but we will see you soon enough!
cfc wrote:BGT's Howl-o-Scream 2011 was more enjoyable that Halloween Horror Night at Universal, and that's saying a lot.
After flying back from Orlando, the following weekend I headed out for the last day of Texas State Fair. I met up with my sister and hopped on the DART in Plano that took us straight to Fair Park. While I won't put you to sleep with much commentary here, I will say the following:
1. It doesn't look like a fair at all, it looks more like a permanent attraction. 2. Many unique rides not commonly found in the U.S. 3. Fair Park has tons of Art Deco, so if you are into that sort of thing, you will LOVE this place! 4. A new permanent 500 foot observation tower is coming next year. 5. In the summer of 2013 they plan to open a Summer Midway 6. Two Part Report.
'Our State Fair is a grand State Fair'
You can tell you are at a fair when you have both a 'farm in a truck' and butterfly's in the same building.
A permanent year round Aquarium is also on property. $5 to enter during the fair. I also noted they are hosting a special "Sleeping with the Fishes' event. Arrive by 7pm, leave by 10am
My what a big wheel you have
So walking past the wheel we come across one part of the midway, so, we will start off with one of many himalaya style rides.
And we take a turn and look down the gamesway
And move our way over to this awesome thing. You don't see this everywhere!
"I hope I don't lose my lunch"
"We hope you don't either!"
Now here is something that you dark ride enthusiasts will enjoy, and something you can't ride just any old time. And yes, it's permanent.
Spooky two story Bill Tracy special!
Om nom nom onom. This is where the "it doesn't look like a fair" comes into play. The food vendors aren't in trailers rather in separate uniform looking booths throughout the park.
They even have advertising on the bottom of the Sky Ride. Creative use points.
'The eyes of Texas are upon you'
I know what you are thinking. B.S. But it was true, they really were $1. And no, I refused to try one.
So out on another midway we show you some Art Deco buildings. The buildings on either side showcase their "Auto Show" A.K.A. car lot brought to the fair. Nothing new or earth shattering inside there.
Except for this 9/11 tribute vehicle which was all airbrushed.
Hmmm, wonder what's in here...
Deep fried biscuits and gravy. Yummmy (Ick) Deep fried Beer. Yummy.(Ick)
So this building was donated by some rich people and is now a museum with an auditorium that people can rent out.
And yet another building where you can get your culture on. I love the ceiling.
They had some awesome murals that depicted what life was like back in the day
"Come and Take It" Hey, wait justa....WTF is that over to the left?!?!
They certainly do things different in Texas, that's for damn sure.
printersdevil78 wrote:Very cool! Just moments ago, I didn't know deep-fried biscuits and gravy existed. Now, I'm willing to give up several appendages to try it!
Unfortunatley no one was ordering it at the time so I couldn't tell exactly what it looked like. For instanace, on a stick, or a biscuit with gravy in the middle of it, dipped in batter and fried.
Does anyone else have any idea? I suppose I could google it...but that would be too easy.
Chroniq wrote:That's one impressive fair. With so many permanent installations, how long are the attractions open each year?
The permanent installations are only open 3 weeks per year and are owned independantly from my understanding. In 2013 they will have a summer fair with the log flume, sky ride, and ferris wheel open along with a few other rides and attractions such as the 500 foot observation tower.
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