Greater Tulsa Reporter
POPULAR MIDWAY: North American Midway Entertainment was the new midway rides provider this year at the Tulsa State Fair. The new venue was met with glee by the thousands of riders and fun-seekers.
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The 2016 Tulsa State Fair ran from Thursday, Sept. 29 thru Sunday, Oct. 9. This year, a combination of unique attractions, wonderful weather and cheerful fair guests resulted in an estimated attendance of 1,206,000 million.
“Our outstanding staff and stakeholders are dedicated to creating the best possible environment for the Tulsa State Fair,” says Mark Andrus, president and CEO. “Every day our top priorities are to provide a safe, clean and family friendly event, where life-long memories are made.”
Outstanding concerts on the Oklahoma Stage, the excitement of a new midway company and an impressive 28,086 livestock competition entries are a snapshot of the contributing factors to the increase in attendance.
“The crowds this year were phenomenal. I was amazed by the reaction from families to the new midway. The partnership with North American Midway Entertainment exceeded expectations and illustrated the importance of bringing first-class entertainment to Tulsa,” says Tulsa County Commissioner John Smaligo, Tulsa County Public Facilities Authority chair.
Preliminary highlights include a four percent increase in Gate Admission, seven percent increase in Midway Ride Sales, an eight percent increase ExpoSERVE Concession Sales and a 12 percent increase in Independent Concession Sales over 2015.
Chief Operating Officer Amanda Blair says, “I look towards next year’s fair with a true sense of excitement. This year, we built the foundation for future success, and we will continue to improve each year. Several projects are in the planning phases, with a goal to have a significant impact on the fair experience for 2017.”
Mark your calendars for “Take A Spin” at the 2017 Tulsa State Fair, which will be held Sept. 28 – Oct. 8, 2017.