Review: Oklahoma State Fair fun, food and family

Angela Jenkins
Staff Writer
At beginning of fall of every year the state fairgrounds hosts a two-week long event: the Oklahoma State Fair.
The Oklahoma State Fair has an annual influx of over 1,000,000 visitors each year to the fairgrounds in Oklahoma City. It’s full of rides, food, concerts and many other events like Disney on Ice, which the whole family can enjoy.
One of the most popular events, especially for kids, is Disney on Ice. This year’s show is based off of the movie “Frozen,” which is a movie that shows the love of two sisters.

Photo courtesy of Tribune News Service

Photo courtesy of Tribune News Service

The state fair is also known for its delicious food. They have thousands of vendors selling local delicacies from deep fried foods to candy. The state fair’s website now has a “food finder” that summarizes all of the food the state fair will be offering this year.
When it comes to the rides, all-day passes are available for purchase for $20 during the week and $25 on the weekends. For an extra $10-15, people can buy the gold access pass and use that to cut the lines.
Dr. Pepper sponsors a family fun zone with activities to do all day long for people of all ages. It also provides a place to take a seat and relax. They will have pig races, zip lines and a bungee jump in the family fun zone.
I think the “City of AGtropolis” is a unique attraction at the fair. According to okstatefair.com, it is an “agricultural education adventure.” Agtropolis creates a mock-city consisting of a series of places that may look familiar to any Oklahoman.
Similarly, Frontier City is like walking into a western movie. They offer many different country-themed showcases.
The Barnyard Birthing Center teaches people about the birthing process, as well as veterinary science and responsible pet ownership. The Birthing Center serves as a gateway to the livestock, horse and other agricultural events taking place at the State Fair.
Then there is the Oklahoma expo hall, which holds “State Fair Station.” The red, green and blue lines will virtually show visitors to various places around the fair to experience Oklahoma through local vendors, homegrown businesses, Oklahoma products and entertaining demonstration.
The state fair also offers extreme bull riding followed by a country music concert. This year, the Casey Donahew Band and Gary Allen will be on stage.
There’s even a wine and beer garden so adults can have some fun sitting under the shade and enjoying tasting wines or craft beers.
The state fair also will be hosting exhibits such as the car show, the Clydesdales alley, the petting zoo, an antique tractor display area, Oklahoma paintings and pictures exhibits, 4H Club and Future Farmers of America, kids creations, and a craft area. There also will be various places to shop and a plethora of completions for fairgoers to enjoy as well.
This year the state fair will open at 8 a.m. and close between 10 p.m. – 12 a.m. depending on the turn out and the weather. It takes place during the dates of Sept. 17-27. Admission is $10 for adults at the gate, $5 for children over age 5, and free for children under the age of 5. Tickets can be ordered online before Sept. 16th at a discounted price of $7 for adults and $4 for children.

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