The State Fair of Texas has announced that 2017 is the 75th Anniversary of Fletcher’s Original State Fair Corny Dogs!
In honor of this semisesquicentennial, the fair will feature surprises and activities for fairgoers couresty of the Fletcher family.
Opening Day and every Friday of the fair, all Fletcher’s Original State Fair Corny Dog concession stands will give out 75 free Original Corny Dogs. Fletcher’s will also sell its Jalapeño Cheese Corny Dog, Turkey Corny Dog and the Veggie Corny Dog at each location.
A mural inside the Tower Building will highlight the history of Fletcher’s at the State Fair of Texas.
The Fletchers have been at the fair since 1942, when Neil and Carl Fletcher opened their first concession stand on the Midway to introduce their new creation.
Today, the Corny Dogs are considered a fair staple and, according to a news release, more than 600,000 Corny Dogs were sold last year during the 24-day run of the Fair.
Earlier this year, Neil “Skip” Fletcher Jr., passed away.
“Dubbed the “Corny Dog King,” Skip learned the art and trade of the corny dog business from his father,” the release reads. “Although this will be the first year without Skip Fletcher, the Fletcher family will continue his legacy throughout the 2017 season of the State Fair of Texas and beyond.”
At 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30, the Fletcher family will be at their concession trailer on the Thrillway to offer pictures with Mr. Corny. Attendees will be able to receive some Fletcher’s swag.
Throughout the Fair, the Fletcher’s will announce more activities to celebrate the anniversary event on the official Fletcher’s Original State Fair Corny Dog’s Facebook and Twitter pages.