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The State Fair Returns

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September means a lot of things to many different people, but to Oklahomans, it means it’s time for the state fair!  The Great State Fair of Oklahoma, as it is officially called, opens September 16th and runs through the 26th.  The fair always promises a fun time for everyone.  I know I always enjoy the atmosphere, seeing all the different exhibits, and (my absolute favorite part) eating all that amazing fair food!

While the exhibits, livestock competitions, and some of the rides stay the same every year, the live entertainment tends to change.  Disney on Ice, however, almost always returns.  This year’s show is called “Let’s Celebrate” and features many of Disney’s most popular characters.  For the first time, Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen from The Princess and the Frog will appear in the show.  Kids of all ages will love it, and parents will enjoy it too!

Other events include TNA Wrestling Live, which will be held on September 23rd at 7:30 pm.  If that’s a bit too extreme for you, you can sit back and listen to the Eli Young Band on the 16th, Grand Funk Railroad on the 17th, Candy Coburn on the 18th, and many other entertainers, including MC Hammer!  One event I’m thinking about attending is the Elvis Extravaganza, a regional Elvis impersonator contest, that will be held on the 21st and 22nd.  Who doesn’t love to see a dozen or more Elvises take the stage?  I don’t think I’ll be signing up to be in the contest, though!

I’ll admit the fair has changed over the years.  I remember riding the monorail as a kid, but it’s no longer in service.  From what I understand, the Space Needle may not be running this year, either.  I love seeing all of Oklahoma City spread out under me once the needle reached the top of its pole and started rotating.  Several other parts of the fairgrounds have changed, too, but I guess that’s just how life goes.  They’ve added some new buildings and updated others over the years, but while the state fair isn’t the same as it once was, it’s still a lot of fun.

Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for children between 6 and 11.  Kids under 5 are free.  Carnival rides are $25 for an unlimited ride wristband Monday through Thursday and $30 Friday through Sunday.  On Thursdays, however, they are $19 if you bring a Dr. Pepper can with you.  Coupons for rides can also be purchased separately, with most rides requiring between three and five coupons.  A family fun pack containing 30 ride coupons is available for $20.  More information about the fair can be found at www.okstatefair.com.

 Want more on the state fair?  Check out these blogs:

 The Culinary Cellar talks about going to the state fair and about the great cookbooks they offer.

While it’s about the 2006 State Fair Centennial, the post over on Doug Dawgz Blog has some great information on the history of the fair and some nice pictures, too.

Fair Slice lists some of the newest events at the State Fair.

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