State fairs happen in every state and they're wonderful because they have the propensity to make you feel like a kid all over again. Total exuberance. It'd also be a crime not to mention the fried foods that clog your arteries on the spot and the rides that can make you projectile vomit the meals that just entered your body. 

What makes the Texas State Fair special is the fifty-two foot tall behemoth Big Tex. When OG Big Tex died/got burned to death in 2012, many Texans mourned his passing. Even so, you can't keep a big-ass mascot down: The new Big Tex, is three feet taller and he's even fire resistant.