DALLAS - From the food to the games and the rides, the State Fair of Texas is a tradition for many North Texans that never let a year go by without a visit.

Friday, those gates once again opened for a 24-day run. Early in the morning, the first signs of excitement started out quietly, with workers getting Fletcher's Corny Dogs ready for cooking and consumption.

In the afternoon, floats, marching bands and men dressed as Elvis on motorcycles traveled from Houston Street and down Main Street as part of the State Fair parade.

While towering Big Tex has taken his usual spot overseeing the fair, new draws include what is being billed as the biggest car and truck show in all of the southwest. In all, some 30,000 square feet have been filed with awe-inspiring vehicles, including the new Chevy Volt.

Then there is the other big draws, the rides and food. This year's award-winning fried foot items include Texas Fried Frito Pie and Texas Beer.

First it's Fletcher's. said Billy Pence, a fair goer. Then I make my way to the Frito Pie and then I'll make my way to the beer store. But, there will be no fried beer. No, I can't do that one, he added.

There will also be something that is sure to draw in the football fans. Remembering Tom Landry: The Personal Collection will display a collection of items owned by the former Dallas Cowboys' coach. The exhibit will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily at the Texas Hall of State.

General admission costs $15 for adults and $11 for seniors and children. Seniors get free admittance on Thursdays.

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