Vendors Say Last Weekend of State Fair Mark Big Days for Business – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth


The smell of smoked turkey legs drew hundreds of people to Smokey John’s Bar-B-Que on Saturday at the State Fair of Texas.

“We were a little concerned with our turkey leg supplier going in, but they’ve been able to keep up, so everything has been going well,” said Juan Reaves, co-owner of Smokey John’s Bar-B-Que and Ruth’s Tamale House.  

Reaves said the restaurant is down from around 125 employees last year to just 75 this year. 

Still, he said business has been steady.  

“I think Smokey John’s might be a little bit down, but Ruth’s Tamales looks like it’s up, so we’re really excited,” he said. “I think in the end we’re going to be satisfied. We have two days left, and these are two big days for us.”

The 2021 fair marked Lupita Valerio’s 26th year serving up gorditas and smiles.

She travels from San Antonio every year to greet new customers and familiar families.

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