You’ve heard the phrase, ‘Everything’s bigger in Texas!’, right? It’s generally a little tongue-in-cheek, unless you’re talking about the fair. Because when it comes to the State Fair of Texas…everything really is bigger and better. And fried!
The State Fair has been a family tradition as long as I can remember. My grandfather took me every year from childhood until I went to college…and even then, I often came home just for my Fair fix.
I remember the first year after Mr. SP and I moved to Nashville, and the Tennessee State Fair rolled around, I was so excited!! That’s when I realized that not all fairs are alike. No offense Tennessee, but your state fair is more like a parking lot carnival compared to the State Fair of Texas. 😉
So obviously the Fair is now part of my own family’s annual tradition, and a day I look forward to all year. Except this year, Mr. SP and I cheated a little bit…and went by ourselves! Don’t worry, the kids got their day, too, but it was so fun to walk along the midway at our own pace and have a little fun of just our own.
The funny thing about the Fair and Texas…one year you’ll be in a tank top and flip-flops, and the next in fleece and hats. This was definitely a fleece and hat year, so we bundled up in our cozy and comfy favorites from Backcountry.
Vests are such a versatile piece for our kookie weather…they provide a little extra warmth when worn over a long-sleeve tee, but they’re also perfect for layering under a jacket for more protection, but not too much bulk. I’m a sucker for the super-soft fleece of both North Face and Patagonia vests.
This canvas backpack makes a great day pack! It holds just the essentials and is super lightweight. I chose a gender-neutral color so any of us could carry it, but it comes in tons of fun colors.
Fit Tip: Size up one in these vests, I’m wearing a small.
Mr. Sugarplum has a bit of a hoodie-obsession this time of year, and wears them more often than not. This one has a good, sturdy shape, and is extra thick and warm. He also likes how the hood stands a little taller in the back.
He recently picked up these shoes for all-terrain hikes and walks…but found they’re also great for golf! They’re waterproof, too, so that’s been helpful in this crazy weather lately.
With all our rain lately, I opted for my rainboots in case there were still a lot of puddles and muddy patches. I love that I can trudge through anything, and just rinse them off at the end of the day!
The green and plaid scarf is perfect for Fall, and goes with both sweaters and activewear.
Sugarplum Style Tip: Don’t overlook the Men’s department when looking for accessories like scarves and hats! Sometimes they have the best patterns!
We had the best time laughing and playing! Of course we love doing things as a family, but it’s so important for our marriage to have fun on our own sometimes. Is the state fair a big deal in your area? What is your favorite fair memory? Better yet, what’s your favorite fair food?!
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*Photos by the darling Mary Hafner. This post is created in collaboration with Backcountry and ShopStyle Collective but all styles, opinions and fair food gorging are my own. Thank you for supporting Hi Sugarplum sponsors!*