Monday, August 4, 2014

10th Annual Big Tex Choice Awards Offers Fried Food Fans a Chance to Pick This Year's Winners

Big Tex Choice Awards 2013

Readers of this blog know that there's pretty much nothing I love more than the fried foods of the State Fair of Texas. From classic favorites like Fletcher's Corny Dogs to newer items like the Fried Oreo or the Fried PB&J, the Fair never disappoints with its mouth-watering additions and jaw-dropping creativity. Since 2005, the State Fair’s Big Tex Choice Awards contest has solidified the annual exposition as the “Fried Food Capital of Texas®.” Each Labor Day, media is invited to taste eight new fried concoctions. Some are sweet. Some are savory. All excellent in their own right. Last year's Fried Thanksgiving Dinner from Justin and Rudy Martinez won the award for "Most Creative" and it was was GENIUS. State Fair concessionaires fry up tasty and unique foods for a chance to become a finalist in the Big Tex Choice Awards. Winning the "Most Creative" or "Best Taste" award can mean up to $250,000 in sales over the course of the Fair so this award is a BIG deal! Everything from Fried Beer to Fried Peaches and Cream have made the cut to become a part of this exclusive club.

Last year, I ranted that the State Fair of Texas needed to rethink their judging scenario and I started lobbying then that I would be a great person to help pick the winners for "Most Creative" and "Best Taste".

Well, guess what... 

They actually listened and I have been invited to be a judge in this 10th Anniversary celebration of the Big Tex Choice Awards along with my pal, Tiffany Derry, star of Hungry Investors and Top Chef alum. Hawkeye from KSCS radio will be our emcee and more judges will be announced soon. Whoo hoo!!

The lineup of judges isn't the only thing changing. For the first time ever, fans will have the opportunity to attend this event on Monday, September 1, at 10 a.m. and be among the first people to taste the food finalists in this annual food competition. A limited number of tickets are available to State Fair of Texas fans.

Your $100 ticket will get you:
Admission to Big Tex Choice Awards – Monday, September 1, 10 a.m.
Sampling of each 2014 Big Tex Choice Awards food finalist
Limited edition Big Tex Choice Awards T-shirt
One (1) single day admission ticket to the 2014 State Fair of Texas
Bragging rights that you ate all of the new Fried Foods before anyone else

Think you are as big of a fried foodie fan as I am? Show us your enthusiasm and YOU could be sitting next to me on the judges stage! In less than 60 seconds, tell the State Fair of Texas why you would be a great judge for the Big Tex Choice Awards. The SFT team will choose the 20 most creative and persuasive submissions as finalists. State Fair fans will then have the opportunity to cast votes on their favorite video and decide who will be representing fairgoers on the judging panel this year. You have until 5 PM CST on August 7, 2014 to submit your video. Few things to know before you submit your video. You must be over 21 years of age to be eligible. You must be available on the day of the contest and you will be responsible for your own travel to the contest. Click here for more info or to submit your video:

All proceeds from the Big Tex Choice Awards ceremony will be donated to the State Fair of Texas Youth Scholarship Fund. Eligible scholarship recipients include graduating Texas high school seniors who have participated in specific Youth Livestock competitive events held at the State Fair of Texas, and graduating seniors from five Fair Park area schools – James Madison, Lincoln, North Dallas, and Woodrow Wilson High Schools, as well as the Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School.

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UPDATE: (August 7) You now have until 5 PM CDT on August 14, 2014 to submit your video at Voting for the finalists will begin at 9 AM CDT on August 15 and end 5 PM CDT on August 18, 2014.