The Norman Transcript

October 13, 2013

Fair provides atmosphere like few others can

By Clay Horning
The Norman Transcript

DALLAS — One must admit, when it comes to state fairs held in states bordering the Red River, the one at Fair Park, in Dallas, compares fairly favorably. 

Extremely clean and well maintained, you can purchase about any fried food you could ever want and a bunch of other fried foods you would never want. And, walking toward the Cotton Bowl entrance from the entrance to the fair, you could also busy yourself with the following.

You could buy a hot tub; even a salt water hot tub. You could by a phone, upgrade your phone or update your calling plan, just as long as your carrier is AT&T.

Have a hot tub? For those who prefer their heat dry, why not purchase a sauna to go with it?

You could check out the latest in chipper shredders, or whatever else Northern Tool and Equipment, which maintains a large tent in fair park, offers.

You could, no kidding, test drive a Camaro, Silverado or Volt, and not even leave grounds to do it, as there was an actual driving course set up within the fair’s boundaries.

You could buy bedding. You could buy a storm shelter or, at least, become educated on how to buy a storm shelter. Of course, you could buy a turkey leg, too.

Overheard: At 10:22 a.m. Saturday, Texas players were exiting their locker room at the top of the Cotton Bowl tunnel to make their way to the field for pregame warmups. Also, just outside a security line, stood hundreds of fans for both schools. That’s when tens of Sooner spotted the Longhorns leaving their locker room and began chanting “Texas” and “Sucks” with the same precision usually reserved for “Boomer” and “Sooner.”

The great Roy Williams, in a crimson T-shirt, was right there along the security line, but the former Sooner All-American did not partake in the chant.

Old stadium: For years and years, the last thing attended to when it came to updating the Cotton Bowl, was the press box. That’s changed. The bathrooms are a great improvement and the counter space for computers and notebooks and the like is a great improvement. But not everything was improved. If you wanted a dependable Internet connection, you needed an Ethernet cord. The stadium provided, yet not every journalist’s computer includes an Ethernet port. In a wireless world, who needs it? The Cotton Bowl may be the last major stadium in the nation without a dependable wireless connection.

Relative peace: It couldn’t have been so everywhere outside the stadium’s boundaries, but Sooner and Longhorn fans were seen enjoying the wonder that’s the Texas State Fair, almost together, not even an hour after the game concluded. 

Good thing. After an 11 a.m. kickoff, there’s bound to be a lot of mingling between the Longhorn and Sooner Nations.

Clay Horning

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