State Fair: She Crawls on Her Belly Like a Reptile

The State Fair of Texas is a big, wide, awkwardly handsome affair, of Texans, by Texans and for Texans. Its virtues and excesses require a native's perspective. TIME Writer Mark Goodman was born and raised in Dallas, and returned for a nostalgic look at the fair. His report:

TEXAS is really two distinct countries. There is high-rolling Texas, oil-rich and cattle-fat, iridescent with electronic gadgetry. This is the Texas of the Hunts and the Murchison brothers and Neiman-Marcus, and multimillion-dollar transactions conducted in private jets that whisper swiftly through the silvery prairie night....

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