The 10 Big Tex Awards Are Here for the 2017 State Fair of Texas

No matter what time of year it is, you can bet your bottom dollar that there are Texans patiently counting down the days until the State Fair of Texas takes over Dallas. In the weeks leading up to Opening Day on September 29, the committee holds tons of exciting giveaways and events to build hype. Although, as everyone knows, the State Fair of Texas needs no superficial hype. Well, except in one area. The Big Tex Choice Awards.

We covered the semi-finalists of the Big Tex Awards not too long ago and were waiting with bated breath to check out the finalists because, well, the photos speak for themselves. There are two categories: Savory and Sweet, with five finalists in each. In the 2017 ceremony, three winners will receive awards for "Best Taste - Sweet," "Best Taste - Savory," and "Most Creative."

So let's review some fair food, shall we?


Arguably the most-loved category, it seems like the savory options get wilder and wilder each year. Which one will take home the top prize? We have a few ideas, but peep them for yourself.

1. Deep Fried Chicken Noodle Soup on a Stick

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This is like every sick kid's dream meal on those days spent home from school watching useless television. And also major points for creativity here with the deep fryer.

2. Funnel Cake Bacon Queso Burger

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I mean, funnel cake for buns? Just bring the TUMS along if you're going for this one at the fair this year. Not going to lie, just look at that queso running down the sides. Guy Fieri would totally declare this as dynamite.

3. Texas Fajita Fries

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It might seem like these Fajita Fries would be a nice, light choice, but it wouldn't be the State Fair of Texas if they were! This is like a burrito of just fries. Win-win.

4. The Tamale Donut

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Donuts are so 2017, and whoever thought to turn beloved tamales into donuts, well we salute you.

5. Surfin' Turfin' Tater Boat

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Have you ever heard anything with such a Texan name? That big ol' lobster claw waving at us from the baked potato, well, this is one decadent looking dish.


After those gut-busting deep fried spectacles, let's move onto the Sweet category. You're going to be seriously craving something deep fried when all is said and done.

1. Deep Fried Foot Loops

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I think Toucan Sam would totally approve of this bright deep fried beauty. Don't you?

2. Pinot Noir Popcorn

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When we saw this on the semi-finalist list and just knew we'd see it again. I mean, this is one of the few fair snacks that doesn't require an entire tree's worth of napkins.

3. Gulf Coast Fish Bowl

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There are major points for creativity here. How long does it take to make just one?!

4. Fried Texas Sheet Cake

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Oh the beloved Texas sheet cake. Known for serving a crowd with minimal dishes left to wash, we hadn't even considered deep frying it before! There's a first for everything.

5. Fat Smooth

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We are still so unsure of what the Fat Smooth is, and I don't want to like it, but goshdarnit, that photo looks so delicious.

Which do you think will take home the winning categories?

Watch: 10 Outrageous Fried Foods at the State Fair of Texas

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