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Moka at the Fair

By Nina Garcia

The Guerra/Guerrero family  Regulars of the State Fair
The Guerra/Guerrero family Regulars of the State Fair

The much-anticipated opening day of the State Fair of Texas 2021 has arrived! Many a fairgoers, including myself, were eager to once again partake in the festivities.

As I walked in the gates, the familiar sounds of the Midway, the bright lights, the aroma of fair food, and the scurrying of the crowd, overwhelmed me with a sense of comfort. Especially when I saw Big Tex in all his glory.

When Big Tex greeted the crowd with
“Howdy Folks!”, he had our attention.

Everything seemed to be in its place and in order.
Aside the now accustomed donning of a mask, it was as if the State Fair never skipped a beat.

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There was a large constant flow of people but wasn’t too congested. Similar to a colony of ants meticulously moving in orderly patterns as to not interrupt the flow.

The State Fair is a place where many different types of people from all over the world come together no matter the gender, age, religion or color of their skin. Everyone is there to have a good time and make memories with friends and family.

Front of Hall of State at night
Front of Hall of State at night

From the avid attendees to newcomers all were excited and couldn’t wait to explore the grounds.

I took the opportunity to speak with some people throughout my visit to get their thoughts and feelings about the State Fair reopening.

A few of the people I spoke with had some concern with the possibility of spreading covid being around so many people. But then followed by saying as long as all followed the requirements of using masks and used hand sanitizers provided throughout the fairgrounds, it had offered a little more ease.

 In Midway, smaller Illuminated ferris wheel
In Midway, smaller Illuminated ferris wheel

Overall there was a consensus of contentment for the reopening.

As for me I was in agreement with what they said.

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I took a moment and stood back to observe all the wonders of the State Fair of Texas…and it all brought a big smile to my face.

Oh, but the hot, crunchy, savory taste of a Fletchers Corny Dog accented with mustard, took my overall experience to another level!

Winnie, Ben and son, California Newcomers to the Fair, wanted to visit before moving to another state.
Winnie, Ben and son, California Newcomers to the Fair, wanted to visit before moving to another state.

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