Texas State Fair Deals and Discounts 2011.

For 2012 discounts go here.

It's time again my friends for The Texas State Fair. 10 days and counting! Fried Bubblegum anyone? (What?) Here in Texas, it's practically the law that your child have so many Texas State Fair Stuffed Animal Prizes on their bed that there's no more room for your child. And as far as eats go, if you can catch it and deep fry it, you can probably find it at the Fair. Extra points if it comes on a stick. As all good Fair Food should. 

How many car radios can YOUR toddler re-program in 10 minutes in the Car Building? And, how many times have you stood in the butter line for just one more buttered roll. Spun the wheel for a powdered sugar donut. Drooled with desire watching the pie judges judge. This is your once-a-year chance to pet a llama, harvest crops in exchange for cheese and crackers, buy every "As Seen On TV" product you've ever seen on TV, and see every sort of dance known to man.  FYI, mommies, the nervous breakdown beer is the cheapest in the Food Building.

Load up the young's, and bring the baby leash if need be (you won't hear any judgment from me), and head over to the Texas State Fair in Fair Park this year. Check the daily calendar of events to find your favorites. You can even create a list of all the events for the very day you'll be there. What else can you see and do at the fair? Wine tasting. FUNNEL CAKE. Dobermans dancing. Storytime. Puppets. Acrobats. Pumpkin Carving. Tiny bunnies. Parades. Racing pigs. Bumper Cars. Celebrity Chefs. Oh, yeah, and football.

The Texas State Fair runs from September 30th to October 23rd. I'll be there Wednesday October 5th, in Chevy Town Square as one of the #ChevyGirls testing out the new Diamond Chevy Traverse from 8:30 to 10:30! And for all you 80s fans, The Bangles will be live in concert on October 22nd at 8:30pm and admission is free with your State Fair ticket that day.

IF YOU GO, DO NOT PAY RETAIL! Tickets are $16 at the gate. Use one of these handy ways to get a discount. This is what I've heard will be available:

Advance Ticket Sales on-line
Get a ticket on-line here now, for $13.95. Kids and Seniors are $10.95 advance. You can even order sheets of food coupons in advance too!

Opening Day Sept. 30
Bring a 20 oz. bottle of Dasani water (or any Coca-Cola product) for donation to the North Texas Food Bank containers at Fair admission gates and get in for $5 per (per donation) per person.

DART Combo Ticket
Available at Kroger Food Stores. $17 buys 1 general admission to 2011 State Fair of Texas & round-trip transportation on DART the day of your visit. The Green Line drops off at front gate and a second station is located within easy walking distance to the MLK entrance. Advance ticket is $14.50 at Kroger without the DART pass.

DART Fair Pass (transportation only)
You can also pre-purchase just a DART pass for $4 to use on either Saturday October 1 or Saturday October 8 here.

Kroger/Cinemark Season Pass
Get a season pass at Kroger for $29.95, and it includes unlimited visits for the pass holder, one buddy pass for one visit Monday thru Friday only, and a Cinemark Movie pass good Sunday thru Thursday that must be used by October 31st.

Dr Pepper $4 Tuesdays
Every Tuesday, bring an empty Dr Pepper can and enter for $4. Most rides on those Tuesdays (excluding the Thrillway, Texas Star & selected other attractions) are 5 coupons.

Dr Pepper $5 after 5 p.m.
Bring an empty Dr Pepper can to any State Fair admission gate after 5 p.m. and enter for $5.

Kroger "Three for $2" Wednesdays
Admission is $2 for each visitor bringing 3 cans of food on Wednesday only, for area food banks.

Coke $5 Thursdays
Bring an empty 20 oz. bottle of a Coca-Cola product and enter the Fair for $5 admission on Thursdays.

Coca Cola sponsored Student Tickets
If your kid is a DISD student, they will most likely get a free ticket sent home with them. Look for it! Dallas ISD Fair Day is October 7th for Elementary, and October 14th for Middle and High School. (That means those kids are off school that day and being encouraged to go to the Fair with their free ticket.)

Seniors Day sponsored by DRIVE4COPD
FREE Thursdays for Senior Citizens 60 years and older.

Dickies Day
Thursday, October 6th, wear and show your Dickies logo clothing item at the staffed tent outside the gate and receive a voucher. The voucher is for FREE admission on Thursday October 6th only.

Any Day McDonald's Deal
McDonald's offers $4 off General Admission with one of their State Fair coupons (available on tray liner or bag stuffers) any day of the Fair. A free child ticket (with purchase of general admission) coupon is also distributed by McDonald’s. Offer may not be combined with any other offer.

Museum of Nature & Science Members
FREE Admission for you! Members receive a voucher this week (I got mine last week) good for free admission for two adults and up to 4 children. Voucher is good on any week day of the fair. You're not a member? Join now silly and get your voucher!

West Side Story at the Music Hall
If you buy a ticket to the West Side Story performance at the Music Hall at Fair Park, it will include a same-day fair admission. 

NEW Central 214 Restaurant at the Hotel Palomar Fairgoer Freebie
From September 30 through October 31, 2011, diners who present a 2011 State Fair of Texas ticket or ticket stub will receive a complimentary dinner entrée (up to $30 value) with the purchase of another entrée of equal or greater value.

NEW KISS FM $5 Fridays
Get in for half-price, and ride the rides for half-price, thanks to KISS FM on all Fair Fridays after 5pm. Details and downloadable coupon for this discount here. (Thanks, Kristin!)

Got any more deals? Know where to score samples and freebies IN the fairgrounds? Leave your hints in a comment below! Share!! I'll update this post with any new information as we get closer to the fair!

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