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September 1, 2019 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Refreshing. Fair warning.

Knock. Knock

Who’s there?


Wanda who?

Wanda who thunk this up.

Woman taking bath in wash tub of water. Mae Murry. Universal Films, 1919. (USPD., artist life/

Gettin’ all gussied up for the big day. (USPD/

September is hot hot hot off the line getting ready for Big Tex and the State Fair next month.

Round up the big bucks – and the little ones ready for the fair food and the rides…Not necessarily in that order especially in the heat set on October roast. (As it’s beyond summer, just think of the sweltering like a heat beyond – like Beyond Meat.)

I know anticipating the delights and wonders of this year’s State Fair cuisine has you are on the edge of your seat (Sorry about that. Should have warned you that metal chairs here are still scorching until after Halloween).

Borden’s Dairy Ready to milk the moove of parents warted into submission wanting the exclusive best for their kids with three wacky fair-inspired flavored milks: Banana Taffy, Blueberry Cobbler and Cotton Candy.

The three limited edition flavors, promotionally priced at $1.00 for 16-oz, will be available in Dallas and Houston’s Kroger stores and in a few stores in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.

“Quick, Honey, go grab them. We’ll make a fortune on the milk blackmarket/Ebay once parents are desperate to stop the whining please their children after they been hooked the fair.”

You know that will happen. Consider the recent long lines for chicken sandwiches and Beyond Chicken’s debut. If it’s “special” and “Limited supply”, cha-ching to those who heed the early word.

milk bottles. Limited edition State Fair inspired flavors. ( image)

Limited edition State Fair inspired flavors won the vote this summer on social media. You can vote your say at the fair. (

If you are cowed by the thought of sugar or artificial coloring (Off-colored, joking or not), you can still steer the kiddies the right direction by letting them meet and greet Elsie, the Cow who will be mingling near the Chevrolet Park Plaza at the fair. (Geesch. Is Chevy hoping to herd some good vibes their direction by hosting the spokes-cow?)

Elsie first appeared at the fair in 1946. Please no eco/political statements around her. She’s still beaming after being recognized as one of the top 10 advertising icons of the 20th century.

And she’s thrilled to be so close to the company’s home office in Dallas. (But too much of a celebrity to be stashed in the Dairy Discovery Zone)

Cows aside, a State Fair isn’t a state fair without unique eats.

Not the time for the big reveal of the 2019 winners of the Big Tex Choice Awards, but if you’re one of those people who like to drool over food ahead of time feel confident there’s fair food perfect for you. Check out the edible offerings here.

The list even has a map to food locations because when you want Bacon Brittle, Coconut Crab Sliders, Corn Dog Ale (complete with mustard on the rim), pickle juice Kool-Aid® Sangria, or Orange Julia’s Beermosa, you don’t want to wander aimlessly around…especially if you’ve been sipping’ some of those last three…which may be a requirement for fair tours.

Not knocking it.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

Man and woman in vintage dress. 1919. Universal Film promo/Mae Murray (, artist life/

“What? Only had a couple of Pixy Stix® cherry sherbet champagnes sipped through a large Pixy Stix® straw with powdered candy around the rim. Sweet, right? Why are there three of you?” (USPD/





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  1. Kate Crimmins / Sep 1 2019 4:14 pm

    Our local fair is going on now, finishing up tomorrow. They had a good week, no rain (very unusual but due to us not buying concert tickets. We are the kiss of rain!) They have been advertising very weird food concoctions that I wouldn’t try in a million years! Guess I’ve aged out of weird. Mostly. Maybe put chocolate on it and all bets are off!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 3 2019 11:08 am

      Some people work all year to come up with these weird food combos…some of which do not even smell good in extreme heat. But, yes, chocolate even melted (Who wears cute clothes you don’t want to get stained to a fair? Smeared and smudged hands are a hazard with chocolate…or carnival rides)
      I wish they would move football games and fairs to cooler weather…like maybe November. Maybe then I’d be more enthusiastic about attending…now I just want an air conditioned Jetson bubble.
      Thanks for heating up a comment to leave

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  2. Ally Bean / Sep 1 2019 5:25 pm

    Fair food, while I understand that some people like it, makes me queasy. Just the thought of it, bleech. Cotton candy milk? Enough with the fusion cuisine. This it taking it one step too far.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 3 2019 11:10 am

      True: the food choices one step too fair…I mean, too far.
      Gads between the crowds, the heat, and the rides, even the food smells can be too much.
      Just looking at the photogenic pictures of those is fine, thank you.
      Thanks for staying in the shade with a cool comment


  3. shoreacres / Sep 1 2019 7:35 pm

    I could go the banana and blueberry, especially if they made it skim rather than whole, but cotton candy? I’ve tasted the cotton candy ice cream over at Marble Slab, and that tiny spoonful was enough to last me the rest of my life. Now, a funnel cake at the Kerrville Arts and Crafts Fair with apple ice cream on top? I’m there.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 3 2019 11:16 am

      They are taking suggestions and letting people vote on flavors at the fair – so sidle on up.
      Apple ice cream is a great topping, but even funnel cakes aren’t too appealing after being baked in fair ground sun. Guess I love the concept of a country Fall fair, but reality gives me pause or halt.
      A bit of Fall air might change my mind though
      Thanks for serving up a tasty comment


  4. robstroud / Sep 1 2019 7:46 pm

    All three of those flavors look great to me… but then, I have a notorious sweet tooth.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 3 2019 11:18 am

      Being a fan of blueberries, I might go for that one. (As kids we never even got chocolate milk as mom said it was too sugary and not healthy. Can’t imagine what she’d think of these..”but mom, 2 have fruit names – can’t we at least try those?”HaHa)
      Thanks for serving up a comment to sip slowly


  5. Eagle-Eyed Editor / Sep 1 2019 8:08 pm

    Ooooh….blueberry cobbler sounds good!

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  6. Beth / Sep 2 2019 6:43 am

    This is the perfect post as my State Fair partner in crime gear and I gear up for another Fair. Although, I have to admit that some of these items actually frighten me, and I’m a fairly adventurous Fair feaster (although I admit the day always end with me drinking tons of water and having the largest salad I can grab as an apology to my whole digestive system). I’m not sure what to think of the milk offerings nor some of the available edibles, but I do see a Frosty’s Frozen Hot Chocolate in my future. I may have to try the bacon brittle. A few years back, one of the winners was the funnel cake beer – they put confectioners sugar around the rim. That turned out to be the best part of the beer – the actual beer was not very appealing to me. I think I left almost the full pint on the table.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 3 2019 11:22 am

      With you on the salad tribute afterwards.
      Bacon brittle and the Frozen Hot Chocolate do probably have a future. Can’t wait to see which specialty items get the nod for the grand prizes this year. (We are in the wrong business…maybe next year’s winner could be one of your “challenges”? Think of the feasting while experimenting HaHa!)
      Thanks for carving up a comment to serve here

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  7. Curt Mekemson / Sep 3 2019 6:14 pm

    I love fairs, and I have now spent two years missing them! Sigh. As for Elsie, she has to be the oldest cow on record. Wait, Bessie may be in contention! 🙂 –Curt


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