What? A meatless corny dog? You’re kidding!

By Gene Hall

No, I guess they are not. The State Fair of Texas will serve meatless corny dogs for this first time at this year’s event.

A Fletcher’s corny dog at the State Fair of Texas is, for that brief moment in time, “Texas on a stick.” It’s a rite of passage. A Texas moment that can even be experienced by those of you “not from around here.”

The news of a meatless corny dog shook me up a bit. I like veggies as much as the next omnivore and I salute the farmers who grew the ingredients for this experiment. But a corny dog without meat is like church without a prayer. You kind of know you’re there, but leave feeling a bit empty.

So I started thinking about other things that would be less if they are “without” something important. And I started a list.

  • Nachos without cheese
  • Biscuits without gravy
  • Cowboy without boots
  • Summer without swimming
  • Love without a kiss
  • Donut without a hole
  • Football without air (Sorry, Tom Brady.)
  • Iced tea without sugar
  • Adam without Eve
  • Bonnie without Clyde

Feel free to keep this going.

One of the fun things about the State Fair is a few moments of excess. Indulging or over-indulging in fun and food.

At the end of the day, a meatless corny dog comes down to, “What’s the point?”


Gene Hall

Public Relations Director
Texas Farm Bureau
I believe that the only hope for a food secure world is capitalism and reasonable profits for America’s farm and ranch families–that the first element of sustainability is economic survival.
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2 Responses to “What? A meatless corny dog? You’re kidding!”

  1. Susan Pick says:

    Okay, that’s just plain weird! I could see something like this happening in New York or California, but this is Texas! We Texans like our meat! This is like barbequing without meat on the pit! That will be one thing I will pass by, Thank You anyway!

  2. JoAnn Fuchs says:

    Isn’t that just cornbread on a stick????

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