KUDOS OF THE MONTH: Tulsa State Fair

The 106th Tulsa State Fair brought excitement, thrills and adventure for the whole family to Expo Square from Oct. 1 through Oct. 11.

Each year, the Tulsa State Fair has a theme and this year’s theme “Flying High” was implemented into everything throughout the fairgrounds. Rides were thrilling and flew patrons high above the ground.

Beyond rides, the 2009 Tulsa State Fair featured a large variety of attractions. Livestock shows have been an integral part of the event since it began in 1903 and continued to intrigue patrons this year.

Educational attractions taught patrons about playful sea lions, animal husbandry, veterinary medicine and just how a perfect cast is made to catch a prize fish.

Ground attractions provided fun for kids while they used their imaginations in a realistic jungle or watch the Cool Dogs Agility Show. Patrons also had the opportunity to come face to muzzle with animals in the petting zoo or cheer on their favorite contestants in the Swifty Swine Races.

National and local bands provided musical entertainment during the event while contests were held throughout the fairgrounds to judge the best of the best.

The Tulsa State Fair is one of the largest in the world. Over 800 exhibitors from all 77 Oklahoma counties will be spread throughout the fairgrounds and feature unique experiences for all who pass by. Last year, over 915,000 patrons enjoyed attending the event.

The event impacted the community in a big way. The economic impact of the entire Expo Square complex has been estimated to be over $140 million on an annual basis.

For more information about the Tulsa State Fair, visit www.tulsastatefair.com.

Updated 09-24-2009

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