A bird's-eye view: Nancy Truyol, left, and Valerie Perez of Bronx, New York, pose for a selfie in front of ostriches inside the petting zoo at the State Fair of Texas at Fair Park.

A bird's-eye view: Nancy Truyol, left, and Valerie Perez of Bronx, New York, pose for a selfie in front of ostriches inside the petting zoo at the State Fair of Texas at Fair Park.

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Here's looking at us, kids.

Yes, we like selfies. Forget about taking pictures of us: We can do that ourselves. And then, thanks to the wizardry of social media, we'll make sure everyone knows about it.

With the State Fair of Texas more than a week into its 24-day run, the nation's largest and longest-running such event has set out its annual smorgasbord of selfie sites - places high and low, on and off the beaten path, with companions of the two-legged and four-legged variety.

"Big Tex is probably the most common," said State Fair of Texas spokeswoman Karissa Condoianis, no stranger to selfies herself. (And don't pretend you are, either.)

Here's some of the Fair's most popular spots for selfie-taking. Remember, though: Leave your selfie sticks at home. The items have been banned from the fairgrounds.

Howdy, Folks: Kathryne Gaskins, left, and Nathan Mitchell pose for a selfie in front of Big Tex at the State Fair of Texas at Fair Park.

Howdy, Folks: Kathryne Gaskins, left, and Nathan Mitchell pose for a selfie in front of Big Tex at the State Fair of Texas at Fair Park.

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1. Big Tex

Let's face it: The Big Guy reigns.

"It's the most iconic spot in the State Fair," said Nathan Mitchell of Carrollton, moments after taking a selfie in front of the iconic, 55-foot-high cowboy along with fiancee Kathryne Gaskins.

This is the first visit to the State Fair of Texas for the couple, who recently moved to the area from Michigan.

For Gaskins, a nanny, going to the Fair is all about food, animals and rides. And now, Big Tex, too.

"Everyone's happy," she said. "It's something that comes around once a year, that everyone is waiting for."

Left to right, Sharon Cox, Cathy Alaniz, Sandy Sadler, and Laura Mansour pose for a selfie with their corn dogs in front of Big Tex. "With selfies being all the rage," Alaniz said, "you have to do all three."

Left to right, Sharon Cox, Cathy Alaniz, Sandy Sadler, and Laura Mansour pose for a selfie with their corn dogs in front of Big Tex. "With selfies being all the rage," Alaniz said, "you have to do all three."

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2. With a Fletcher's Corny Dog

The State Fair is where the worlds of Instagramming foodies and selfie lovers collide, with all those famous fried foods offering themselves up for the (picture-)taking.

The classics, though, are where it's at, like the venerable Fletcher's Corny Dog - which comes conveniently equipped with a handle for optimum pose potential. (Note: This also works with a State Fair turkey leg.)

"You have to," said Cathy Alaniz, who was visiting the Fair with health organization employees Sharon Cox, Sandy Sadler and Laura Mansour as their most recent team-building activity.

The four posed with Corny Dogs for a group selfie at Big Tex Circle.

"It's a must-do," Alaniz said. "Along with Big Tex. And now, with selfies being the rage, you have to do all three. At the same time."

Alaniz said selfies let you perfect your photo to your own liking without inconveniencing others.

"With other people, you have to tell them to take it three or four times," she said. "This way, if I don't like it, I can retake it, and retake it."

Sticking his neck out: Intrepid Dallas Morning News  scribe Marc Ramirez takes a selfie in front of the petting zoo giraffe, paying no regard to the animal's "get-off-my-lawn" disposition.

Sticking his neck out: Intrepid Dallas Morning News  scribe Marc Ramirez takes a selfie in front of the petting zoo giraffe, paying no regard to the animal's "get-off-my-lawn" disposition.

3. In the petting zoo

The petting zoo, in the Children's Health Barnyard, may be the selfiepalooza of the fairgrounds. Besides the proverbial goats and other American farm animals, there's a yak, a camel, a giraffe, two kangaroos and an odd looking beast with hilariously oversized horns.

It was the ostriches, though, that had caught the attention of Valerie Perez and her mom, Nancy Truyol, who were visiting from New York's Bronx area.

"They look funny," said Perez, a Girl Scouts membership specialist whose dislike of birds had prompted Truyol to prod her to take a selfie with the animals.

"We were trying to get them to eat off her head," Truyol said.

Condoianis, the State Fair spokeswoman, said the attraction is a popular site for selfies, from exotic animals to more typical barnyard critters. She even took one herself.

"People from the city who come to the fair may not be exposed to livestock and animals," she said. "This is their one chance to see goats and pigs and chickens and bunny rabbits."

4. With little Big Tex

The State Fair of Texas has an official mascot now, who looks curiously like Big Tex, but smaller. The Fair calls him, no surprise, little Big Tex.

The costumed cowboy roams the fairgrounds, high-fiving kids and posing for selfies galore.

Little Big Tex

Little Big Tex

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5. At or on the Texas Star Ferris Wheel

The giant wheel is a Fair Park landmark, its spokes a familiar sight for passing cars on nearby Interstate 30. Whether in the background or as a vantage point for the Midway and beyond, it's another gimme when it comes to selfies.

"You're so high up in the air," Condoianis said. "That's one of those where it's really cool to go up at night. You can see the Midway, the neon, everything hustling and bustling."

Our own Sarah Blaskovich takes a selfie in front of the Texas Star.

Our own Sarah Blaskovich takes a selfie in front of the Texas Star.

Sarah Blaskovich

6. On the Top O' Texas Centennial Tower

The thin tower with its ring-shaped gondola offers a 500-foot rise and a minute's worth of selfie-taking potential at its peak, where one can see, or be seen in a selfie, over the Dallas horizon.

"On a clear day you can see all the way to Fort Worth," Condoianis said. "You can get a great shot of the Dallas skyline."

The Top O' Texas Tower

The Top O' Texas Tower

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7. On the Texas Skyway

The Texas Skyway ferries passengers above the fairgrounds, offering a virtual kaleidoscope of selfie-background possibilities.

"You can get a pretty breathtaking view of Fair Park from up there," Condoianis said.

Honorable mentions

The Cotton Bowl, the State Fair lagoon, or with your haul of enormous stuffed-animal winnings

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