DALLAS -- Friday was opening day at the State Fair of Texas, for the 126th time.
For Jordan Armstrong, it's her first time, and rain is not stopping her.
"Well, I'm still having fun, so I guess it doesn't matter," Armstrong said.
Texas needs the rain, but the cotton candy makers don't. Rain makes everything sticky, said Kaye Thibodeaux.
"When it's cool and the air is cool, it's so fluffy," she said. "It just falls right in the bag, pretty much."
However that wasn't the case Friday, as she pulled the sticky fluff from her gloves. Thibodeaux has been making cotton candy at the State Fair of Texas for 28 years.
Along the Midway, kids like Clair Redmon are claiming prizes. Last year, her dad won her a Care Bear, but this year she's winning her own prizes -- and this reporter's respect for making it seem so easy.
But the showstopper this year is big and bright -- the Chinese Lantern Festival. It brings Eastern beauty from the other side of the globe to Fair Park.