We got there around 1 pm and left around 8 pm, so we had about 7 hours of fair fun. The only reason we survived that long is because I took the stroller - otherwise Kate would have been done hours before then. As it was, seven hours at the fair wore her out.
The big fried food winners this year were the fried Cuban roll and fried Thanksgiving dinner. Neither of those sounded appealing to me, so we didn't feel the need to try them. We all had a corny dog and some tater twisters as soon as we got there, because it's not a day at the fair without a corny dog (it's a known fact that they taste better at the fair). We did have a fried snickers later in the day and also I had some fried firecrackers (it was sort of like a spicy tamale thing) and before we went home we split some chicken fried bacon. It was more than enough food - and I am really thankful I don't eat fried food on a regular basis because I felt pretty icky after.
Kate took a few minutes to warm up to the petting zoo area, but eventually I got her to feed the zebra with the shovel. She was very hesitant to pet anything, but she was so excited to run around and point out the different animals and most of them had babies as well. Baby goats are just so stinking cute, but a baby alpaca is a close second.
Vickie and I went up in the 500 foot observation tower, basically a space needle looking thing that slowly rotates. It was an awesome view! We hopped on right during sunset so we were treated to a beautiful Dallas skyline while we were up in the air
There were a few things we didn't get to see, but it's a lot to cram into one day! I'm not sure if I'll make it back a second time this year - time is winding down, but I enjoyed my day at the fair very much. I mapped our day and it was over 5 miles of walking for me. Very nice indeed!