Missing Hard on State Fair Food Competition?

It’s about to get heated! The State Fair of Texas is thrilled to announce a special version of the Big Tex Choice Awards for 2020 – Fair Food Madness: Big Tex Choice Awards Championship. Exclusive to this year, the competition will take place entirely online. With the first of five voting rounds opening today on BigTex.com/Madness, Fair fanatics will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite previous Big Tex Choice Awards winners as they face off in randomized bracket matchups.

Fair Food Madness:Big Tex Choice Awards Championship Voting
RoundPeriods
First RoundSeptember 15-21
Savory & Sweet 16September 22-28
Creative EightSeptember 29-October 5
Fried-nal FourOctober 6-8
Championship ShowdownOctober 9-12

Since 2005, the Big Tex Choice Awards contest has solidified the State Fair of Texas as the top Fair for great food creations. Each year, State Fair concessionaires dream up tasty and unique foods, then bring them to life for a chance to become a finalist in the annual Big Tex Choice Awards food competition. The 2020 Big Tex Choice Awards will be a showdown of the previous 32 winners – bringing together some of the best tasting and most creative concoctions we’ve seen in this contest’s 15-year history. Although they have each won awards for best taste or most creative – only one will be crowned the champion!

Sweet? Savory? Fried to perfection? Only time will tell; it all boils down to the Championship Showdown. The winner of the Fair Food Madness: Big Tex Choice Awards Championship will be announced October 13 on the State Fair Facebook page. Be sure to follow us to find out if your favorite food takes home the champion title.

We look forward to bringing back the traditional Big Tex Choice Awards competition and fundraising event in 2021, but in the meantime, if you would like to make a donation to the Big Tex Scholarship Program in addition to voting this year, you may do so at BigTex.com/Donate. After voting on these tasty items, we know taste buds will be watering for a little piece of fried goodness. Be sure to come out and get your annual Fair food fix at the Big Tex Fair Food Drive-Thru – visit BigTex.com/DriveThru for tickets.

Fair Food Madness:Big Tex Choice Awards Championship Participants
Concessionaire NameEntry NameWinning Year
Abel GonzalesFried Peanut Butter, Jelly & Banana Sandwich2005
James BarreraViva Las Vegas Fried Ice Cream2005
Abel GonzalesFried Coke2006
Shirley LondonFried Praline Perfection2006
Jake LevyDeep Fried Latte2007
Abel GonzalesTexas Fried Cookie Dough2007
Glen KusakChicken Fried Bacon2008
Alan WeissFried Banana Split2008
Abel GonzalesDeep Fried Butter2009
Winter Family ConcessionsFernie’s Deep Fried Peaches & Cream2009
Mark ZableFried Beer™2010
Nick BertTexas Fried FRITOS® Pie2010
Alan WeissBuffalo Chicken in a Flapjack2011
Justin and Rudy MartinezFried Bubblegum2011
Abel GonzalesDeep Fried Jambalaya2012
Butch BenavidesFried Bacon Cinnamon Roll2012
Isaac RoussoDeep Fried Cuban Roll2013
Justin and Rudy MartinezFried Thanksgiving Dinner2013
Clint ProbstFried Gulf Shrimp Boil2014
Justin and Rudy MartinezOriginal State Fair Brew-Funnel Cake Ale2014
Winter Family ConcessionsFernie’s Holy Moly Carrot Cake Roly2015
Isaac RoussoSmoky Bacon Margarita2015
Isaac RoussoCookie Fries2016
Ruth HauntzFried Jello2016
Tom GraceFunnel Cake Bacon Queso Burger2017
Clint ProbstGulf Coast Fish Bowl2017
Garza FamilyArroz con Leche (Sweet Crispy Rice)2018
Justin and Rudy MartinezCotton Candy Taco2018
Winter Family ConcessionsFernie’s Hoppin’ John Cake with Jackpot Sauce2018
Brent and Juan ReavesBig Red® Chicken Bread2019
Garza FamilyFla’mango Tango2019
Ruth HauntzRuth’s Stuffed Fried Taco Cone2019

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