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Tulsa State Fair Opening Day: Sept. 28

By EMILY RAMSEY
Managing Editor

RIDES, ANIMALS AND MORE: The Tulsa State Fair returns Sept. 28-Oct. 8, with its 2017 theme “Take a Spin!,” at the Tulsa Fairgrounds. This year’s fair will feature new rides, food and shows, including a medieval jousting event, a basketball stunt show, and casting calls for The Amazing Race and Survivor. Advance tickets are on sale Sept. 1-25, with a special of four tickets for $24.


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The Tulsa State Fair, with its 2017 theme “Take a Spin!,” returns Sept. 28-Oct. 8 at the Tulsa Fairgrounds.

This will be the fair’s second year with its new midway provider, North American Midway Entertainment, which brought about many noticeable changes last year.

“North American Midway brought a fresh look and feel last year. Our patrons definitely noticed the change,” says Sarah Thompson, Tulsa State Fair marketing and development supervisor.

The company’s efforts revolve around creating a “family-friendly midway,” she continues. That includes cleanliness, installing benches complete with greenery along midway, locating electrical lines overhead instead of on the ground to decrease tripping hazards and professional carnival employees.

North American Midway’s high-quality approach and professionalism were all reasons that Amanda Blair, Tulsa State Fair manager and Expo Square COO, says that the company was chosen.

Additionally, with North American Midway, the fair and Expo Square receive a higher percentage of fair sales, which allows more money to be invested into the event and facilities.

A portion of that extra revenue will go toward some long-desired additions, including the creation of a permanent main stage, which will be located where the Oklahoma Stage currently sits, and a movable seating plaza to be located along midway.

Blair anticipates construction to begin on the stage by the end of the year. Both projects are expected to be completed by the 2018 fair.

As for new features for the 2017 Tulsa State Fair, fairgoers can expect to see a few new rides, including a roller coaster, Thompson says.

For those looking for unlimited ride access, a new ticket offering has been added this year.

In addition to the Mega Ride Pass, which offers unlimited midway rides plus admission for every day of the fair, patrons will be able to purchase an unlimited ride wristband that will allow for unlimited midway rides for one day of the fair.

Mega Ride passes are currently on sale through Oct. 1 and are available at Expo Square offices and online. Unlimited one-day wristbands will go on sale starting Oct. 2 and will be available for purchase online and at midway ticket booths during the fair.

“In evaluating what our patrons want, this wristband option will be beneficial for individuals who cannot come multiple times to the fair but who still want unlimited rides,” Thompson says.

With their paid admission, fairgoers will find much free entertainment this year, including, a new addition, Dark Knight Jousting, a medieval jousting event that will take place three times each day of the fair along midway.

Also new this year is Acrodunk, which will bring basketball stunts, reminiscent of the Harlem Globetrotters, to the midway, says Thompson.

For those preferring to see stunts of a different kind, a returning favorite will be the All-Star Stunt Dog Challenge, also located on midway.

In the Just For Kids building, young ones can get up close to dinosaur fossils and reptiles with Little Ray’s dinosaur exhibit and its daily shows.

Flight Crew, another acrobatic stunt show, will take the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Stage three times each day of the fair.

Also coming to the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Stage will be casting calls for The Amazing Race, Sept. 28, 5-9 p.m., and Survivor, Oct. 4, 4-8 p.m. The casting call will consist of on-stage recorded interviews of potential contestants.

Interested individuals can sign up before or on the day of the event.

The Picking and Fiddling Championships returns to the stage on the first weekend of the fair, Sept. 30 and Oct. 1.

The Oklahoma State Sugar Art Show, directed by well-known cake authority Kerry Vincent, will also be held on those same days in the lower level of the RiverSpirit Expo.

Other activities include the fair’s livestock shows, which will feature exhibitors from all 77 counties of Oklahoma. Over 12,000 animals will be on site throughout the fair.
Competitive exhibits of handmade goods will be on display in Central Park Hall.

Live music will take place every day of the fair, with 50 bands performing 90 sets. Performers include local favorites Brandon Clark and Travis Kidd and national recording artists Easton Corbin and Echosmith.

Advance tickets are on sale Sept. 1-25, with a special of four tickets for $24.
For more information on dates and times, visit tulsastatefair.com.

Updated 09-18-2017

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