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September – time for the fair!

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September means one thing in Oklahoma: it’s time for the state fair!  The fair always brings with it tons of fun.  The fairground buildings play host to a variety of interesting things, including international exhibits, vender booths, and the popular Made in Oklahoma building, where fair goers can sample locally produced food and learn about many of the unique items made right here in the state.

The fair also includes some incredibly fun rides for the entire family.  The small roller coasters, tilt-a-whirls, and other carnival rides will have kids screaming with excitement.  Adults may enjoy the state fair’s two traditional rides: the monorail and the space needle, a revolving elevator-like ride that gives riders a magnificent view of OKC when it reaches the top of the tower.  Sadly, both rides have needed major repairs lately, and there are years when one or both are completely shut down.

Another great draw to the fair is the food – Indian tacos, funnel cakes, turkey legs, and, my personal favorite, deep fried curly French fries that are piled so high you have to balance them just right or lose half of them. 

But just like the arts festival in April, there’s something about the state fair that draws those storm clouds.  It always rains at least once during the fair, sometimes more.  Thankfully, you’re never too far from a building on the fairgrounds, so you can usually escape the sudden downpours.  The temperature starts to cool off in September, too, so you won’t be sweating buckets while you play games and enjoy the food.

Another interesting phenomenon to witness is September is the very sudden changing of the tree leaves from bright green to orange and red.  These pretty colors will hang around for a few months then, suddenly, will fall to the ground within a week, leaving the trees bare and naked for winter.

In the stores, Halloween candy and costumes will take up a number of isles, and you’ll see more and more Christmas stuff start to creep in.  If you love pumpkins, you’ll find all sorts of pumpkin-flavored and scented items appearing in stores, including pumpkin spice candles and pumpkin-flavored coffee drinks.  Since the weather has cooled down, September is also a really nice time to do some of those household repairs you’ve neglected during the hot summer months or do some of those outdoor activities you’ve been meaning to do.  Camping is popular since it’s much cooler than August or July.

September tends to be one of Oklahoma’s milder months.  The weather doesn’t fluctuate wildly, and there are usually no major storms to cause any excitement.  Kids have settled into their school routine, it’s nice and cool outdoors, and the fair provides everyone with a nice break from the monotony of work.

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