The family and I went to the Texas State Fair yesterday. It was a fun day filled with shows (dog tricks, pig & ostrich races), animals (exotic petting zoo & local livestock), midway games & rides, the auto show/expo, music, and plenty of food (cotton candy, corn dogs, funnel cakes, and all other sorts of fried stuff!). My wife and I were talking on the drive home about how going to the fair has become a tradition for us each year. The Texas State Fair is a pretty big deal as it last for almost a month and the sheer number of people that attend is enormous, over 2.5 million! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/State_Fair_of_Texas As we talked a question came up, I wonder if going to the "State Fair" is as much of a big deal in other states? My wife grew up in Illinois and she has memories of going to the IL State Fair. I grew up in Tennessee and don't ever recall going to the State Fair. So, what do you think? Is the "State Fair" a big deal in your state? What traditions are associated and what's it like to go? If you are not from the USA then does your country/region have anything similar to a state fair? If so, what is it like?