In 1938, brothers Neil and Carl Fletcher were winding down long-term careers in Vaudeville, having spent several of those years performing at the State Fair of Texas. Fortuitously, as the men were plotting their next moves in life, Carl was offered a unique opportunity to run a food booth at the Fair Park. Both men had spent years marveling at the lack of cuisine offered to the Park patrons and knew they had an opportunity on their hands.
The brothers headed straight to the kitchen with a bottle of Bourbon and began to brainstorm. Inspired by local bakers who were beginning to experiment with a mix of hot dogs and cornmeal, the brothers began to cook and within months they had invented a brand new food category and perfected what we know today as a “Corny Dog.” Since then, Fletcher’s has become an institution in the state of Texas, first becoming one of the fastest growing franchises in the 80’s and then pivoting to be the face of the largest State Fair in the US in Dallas.