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Big Tex arrives for the 2011 State Fair

Big Tex arrives for the 2011 State Fair in Dallas. (Sept. 26, 2011) Photo Credit: Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT

Photos from state fairs in Minnesota, Iowa and Texas.

Texas Star at night at the Texas State
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Texas Star at night at the Texas State Fair.

Judges look over entrants in the Guernsey Dairy
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Judges look over entrants in the Guernsey Dairy Cattle Show at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa. All of the Republican presidential hopefuls are visiting the fair ahead of Saturday's Iowa Straw Poll to greet voters and engage in traditional Iowa campaigning rituals. (Aug. 12, 2011)

Fairgoers buy food at the Iowa State Fair
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Fairgoers buy food at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines. Iowa. The fair drew about 1 million people. (Aug. 15, 2007)

Larry Plagman enjoys a corn dog on the
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Larry Plagman enjoys a corn dog on the first day of the 2003 Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa. This marks the 149th year of the fair and more than a million people are attended the 10-day event. (Aug. 7, 2003)

Ferris Wheel during dusk at the 2004 Sesquicentennial
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Ferris Wheel during dusk at the 2004 Sesquicentennial Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa. (Aug. 20, 2004)

A young girl looks at one of the
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A young girl looks at one of the competitors in the Guernsey Dairy Cattle Show at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa. (Aug. 12, 2011)

John Deere tractors drive down East Grand Street
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John Deere tractors drive down East Grand Street during the Iowa State Fair Parade in Des Moines, Iowa. The state fair will see visits by all of the Republican presidential hopefuls as they stump before Saturday's all important Iowa Straw Poll. (Aug. 10, 2011)

Prize winning corn is displayed at the Iowa
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Prize winning corn is displayed at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines. Iowa. The fair drew about 1 million people. (Aug. 16, 2007)

Prize winning vegetables are displayed at the Iowa
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Prize winning vegetables are displayed at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines. Iowa. The fair drew about 1 million people. (Aug. 16, 2007)

Dakota Jenkins checks out the competition during a
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Dakota Jenkins checks out the competition during a pie-eating contest at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines. Iowa. The fair drew about 1 million people. (Aug. 16, 2007)

Big Tex arrives for the 2011 State Fair
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Big Tex arrives for the 2011 State Fair in Dallas. (Sept. 26, 2011)

Big Tex arrives for the 2011 State Fair
Photo Credit: Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT

Big Tex arrives for the 2011 State Fair in Dallas.. (Sept. 26, 2011)

Big Tex's size 70 cowboy boots wait to
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Big Tex's size 70 cowboy boots wait to be installed after the state fair icon was lifted into place in Dallas. (Sept. 20, 2010)

Linda Christensen, right, in her 40th year as
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Linda Christensen, right, in her 40th year as butter sculptor, carves a likeness of the newly crowned Princess Kay of the Milky Way in the Dairy Building at the Minnesota State Fair in St. Paul, Minn. (Aug. 25, 2011)

Sarah Pratt, of West Des Moines, Iowa, works
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Sarah Pratt, of West Des Moines, Iowa, works on the Iowa State Fair butter cow sculpture in Des Moines, Iowa. The 600 pound sculpture made of butter will be on display at the state fair. (Aug. 3, 2010)

The corndog booths are always a popular destination
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The corndog booths are always a popular destination for fairgoers at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines. (Aug, 11, 2000)

Sheep are lined up for a competition at
Photo Credit: Iowa State Fair

Sheep are lined up for a competition at the Iowa State Fair. (Aug, 12, 2004)

Fairgoers pack the fairground streets at the 2004
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Fairgoers pack the fairground streets at the 2004 Sesquicentennial Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa. (Aug. 15, 2004)

Wyatt Malone, 11, of Dunlap, Iowa, struggles to
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Wyatt Malone, 11, of Dunlap, Iowa, struggles to get his cow into the ring in the Junior Showmanship contest at the 2004 Sesquicentennial Iowa State Fair in Des Moines. (Aug. 16, 2004)

Children of all ages take to the slide
Photo Credit: Minnesota State Fair

Children of all ages take to the slide at the Minnesota State Fair.

Butter sculptures featured at the Minnesota State Fair.
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Butter sculptures featured at the Minnesota State Fair.

A ride called the
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A ride called the "Crazy Mouse" at the Minnesota State Fair.

Fireworks featured at the Minnesota State Fair.
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Fireworks featured at the Minnesota State Fair.

Children of all ages enjoyed the bubbles at
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Children of all ages enjoyed the bubbles at the Minnesota State Fair.

Fair attendants enjoyed the rides, games and food
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Fair attendants enjoyed the rides, games and food during the Minnesota State Fair.

The “Sky Flyer” at the Minnesota State Fair.
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The “Sky Flyer” at the Minnesota State Fair. More than 1.5 million people attend the Minnesota State Fair each year.

Fair attendants lined up to enjoy the food
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Fair attendants lined up to enjoy the food at the Minnesota State Fair.

The Ulster County fair begins on July 31.
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The Ulster County fair begins on July 31. (file photo)

A performer at the Minnesota State Fair.
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A performer at the Minnesota State Fair.

Art Deco at the Texas State Fair.
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Art Deco at the Texas State Fair.

Big Tex at the Texas State Fair.
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Big Tex at the Texas State Fair.

A view of the ferris wheel and games
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A view of the ferris wheel and games at the Minnesota State Fair.

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