From peppers to footwear, Texas has interesting state symbols that beg to be explored. The northern part of the state, in particular, offers plenty of attractions.
The official Texas state folk dance is the square dance, so get ready to do-si-do with your partner. At Fort Worth Squares, a singles and couples square and round dance club, the music is always playing. Basic lessons start in September with a 50s homecoming-themed dance on September 23, 2011. The group also participates in food donation challenges, so you’ll be able to get involved for a good cause, too. Check the newsletter and calendar pages at www.squaredancing.com/fortworthsquares for special events. Whether you’re a longtime performer or new to square dancing, join the folks at Fort Worth Squares for some good old-fashioned fun.
As the state’s official footwear, cowboy boots are more than just a fashion statement in Texas. Wild Bill’s Western Store
in Dallas makes custom cowboy boots, so you can choose everything from stitch patterns to heel styles. Customers can even add their initials or business logos to the boots. Perhaps the best thing about Wild Bill’s custom boots, however, is the fit. Each pair is specially crafted to fit your foot measurements and comfort needs.
View the custom boot gallery at www.wildbillswestern.com and start designing your own. In the end, you’ll walk away with a pair of one-of-a-kind Texas treasures.
It’s not surprising that with all the delicious Mexican and Tex-Mex food in Texas, the state pepper is the jalapeño. The Jalapeño Tree is a popular chain within the state where every dish is equally mouthwatering. Try the spicy Pappa Bear Dip, or add a pile of fresh peppers to your cheese nachos. If you still want more peppery spice, order the chili con queso or Jalapeño Tree Salad. The restaurant has locations all over Texas, including Wichita Falls and McKinney, so there’s always an appetizing meal nearby.
After learning about all of the Texas official state symbols, it’ll be hard to resist exploring the Lone Star State. Visit www.tsl.state.tx.us/ref/abouttx/symbols.html for more symbols.