It’s that time of year longhorn fans! Pack up your grills, gas up the car and get ready for the 109th meeting between our beloved Texas Longhorns and the Oklahoma Sooners at the AT&T Red River Showdown! Whether it’s your first time to make this annual trip or you’re a seasoned veteran, there are tons of reasons to be excited for this exciting tradition!
Here’s what we’re looking forward to this weekend!
1. The Road Trip
Even though it may be filled with traffic and a little longer than normal, the drive to Dallas is the perfect opportunity to catch up with friends, play fun road trip games and create a plan of action for the weekend! Don’t forget to put together an awesome playlist so you can jam out on the ride.
2. The State Fair
Take a ride on the Texas Star, window shop and sit in the newest and most innovative cars at the yearly auto show, and DEFINITELY break out those cameras and take a picture with Big Tex. Don’t forget to buy your food and ride tickets in advance to avoid being stuck in long kiosk lines.
3. The Fried Food
It wouldn’t be a true Red River Showdown experience without trying at least one historic Fletcher’s Corny Dog. This State Fair staple has been sold at the fairgrounds since 1942 with approximately half a million sold each year. But don’t stop here, make sure you try the funnel cakes, fried lemonade, fried chocolate, fried Oreos and any other fried delights you can fit in your belly.
4. The City of Dallas
As a major business hub of the south, Dallas has an immense array of entertainment outside of the game and the State Fair. Take a couple hours visiting the Dallas Arts District, take a trip to the Dallas Zoo, spend the night walking around Uptown or enjoy premier barbeque and truly authentic Tex-Mex at some unique Dallas eateries.
5. The Longhorn Community
With thousands of fans traveling to Dallas, you’re sure to make some new friends among the fellow Longhorns at the fair, the game or around the city. Find your brothers and sisters in Burnt Orange and cheer on those Longhorns!
6. Those guys in Crimson
As much as we love to hate them, we should all be thankful for those guys across the Red River in Oklahoma. If if weren’t for those Sooners, we wouldn’t have an excuse to drive to Dallas for an epic weekend each year.
7. The Texas Sports Legends Exhibit
Take a look back at the men and women of the Texas Sports Hall of Fame by making a stop at the Texas Sports Legends exhibit at The Hall of State. Fair goers will be able to see memorabilia from our state’s legends in football, basketball, hockey, soccer, baseball, golf and much more. This is the first time this exhibit has ever been at the State Fair and is a must see for any sports fan.
8. The Game
Every year since 1929 this game has been held at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas which holds over 100,000 people. Ticket sales are equally divided between the schools with the fans splitting the stadium down the 50-yard line. The Red River Rivalry is by far one of the best match-ups in the entire nation and always ends up being a showdown.
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