Funnel cake fries from Norma’s Cafe | Via @normascafe on Facebook

Many Texans were devastated to learn that the annual State Fair of Texas would be cancelled this year due to COVID-19. Fortunately, many of the vendors have been able to find other ways to bring favorites to State Fair-goers. Fletcher’s Original Corny Dogs has begun a series of pop-ups, allowing customers to order their franks from the comfort of their cars. Additionally, all Norma’s Cafe locations in Dallas-Fort Worth will be offering a State Fair-themed menu.

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Norma’s State Fair menu will offer favorites of fair-goers, including mini corn dogs, funnel cake fries, chili cheese tots, funnel cakes, chicken fried steak and deep-fried Oreo churros. Other delights include bacon mac and cheeseburgers, sausage on a stick and Belgium waffles.

“Texans may not be able to ride the Ferris wheel or hear Big Tex say ‘Howdy Folks’ this year but that doesn’t mean they can’t enjoy a taste of their favorite Fair Park treats,” said Ed Murph, owner of Norma’s Cafe in a press release. “We are excited to cook up these special menu items and help raise funds for local organizations that will be affected by the State Fair’s unfortunate cancellation.”

The official State Fair of Norma’s menu | Courtesy of Norma’s Cafe

Proceeds of sales from the State Fair menu will benefit United Way of Metropolitan Dallas and the Big Tex Youth Livestock Auction and Scholarship Program

“United Way of Metropolitan Dallas is honored to join forces with Norma’s Cafe to ensure that every North Texan, regardless of race or zip code has the access and opportunity to achieve their full potential,” said Susan Hoff, chief strategy and impact officer at United Way of Metropolitan Dallas in a press release. “We are committed to driving lasting change in education, income, and health and have impacted the lives of over 1 million people just this year and look forward to continued partnership.”

Since 1992, the Big Tex Youth Livestock Auction and Scholarship Program has raised more than $27 million in youth auction premiums and scholarships. From August through October, customers of Norma’s will be encouraged to to donate to both organizations and browse volunteer opportunities, virtual and in-person, on the State Fair of Norma’s page of their website.

“Norma’s Cafe has historically been a sponsor of the Big Tex Youth Livestock Auction & Scholarship Program and we’re honored to have their continued support in 2020, especially during this challenging time,” said State Fair of Texas President, Mitchell Glieber in a press release. “As a constant celebration of all things Texan, the State Fair of Texas works to support its local and statewide community year-round. Through our annual 24-day exposition – our largest fundraiser of the year – as well as ongoing initiatives and programs like the Fair’s scholarship program and Big Tex Urban Farms, we are able to continue serving Texans while building on our mission of promoting agriculture, education, and community involvement.”

Norma’s Cafe has locations on W. Davis Street, Dallas Parkway, Park Lane, Frisco and Plano, To find your nearest location, visit