I thought I’d better post this before our visit became too out of date. The fair closed for the season almost a month ago! Peter, having lived in Texas for about 18 months, had never been to the State Fair before so I was quite excited to show him around. We went on a Thursday and took two empty 20 oz bottles of Coke for discounted admission.
Every year, there is a weekend in September that is filled with hot air and lots of color. The Plano Balloon Fest has become a very large event for the City of Plano. (For those not from DFW, it’s pronounced “Play-no”). Despite having lived mere miles from the event, I had never been before. I made up for that by going two evenings in a row.
Peter and I went on the Friday afternoon, hoping to watch the evening balloon launch. We arrived just after 4pm and parked at the nearby Methodist church. (Note: this will cost you ~$15). The Balloon Fest takes place Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve. The city blocks off Spring Creek Parkway between Jupiter Rd and Parker Rd for the event, so there is a large area for food vendors and others to set up booths.
This will be a photo-heavy post, FYI. Click on the photos to see larger versions.