Tulsa State Fair Entertains Region

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SWIRLING RIDES: The Tulsa State Fair will once again take over Expo Square from Sept. 29 to Oct. 9. The event will offer something for everyone to enjoy this year with new additions throughout the grounds as well as traditional favorites. Rides of every shape and size will thrill and shows will entertain. The theme of the event is Get Carried Away and that is surely what most patrons will do.

The Tulsa State Fair is beginning to take shape and will offer something for everyone to enjoy from Sept. 29 through Oct. 9.

Creativity is one of the most important components in planning for the event. “Planning sessions begin immediately after the commencement of the Tulsa State Fair. Themes are developed, attractions are solidified and everyone works together to ensure that all expectations are exceeded in every imaginable way,” explains Tulsa State Fair Executive Manager Amanda Blair.

This year, the theme is Get Carried Away, with an overall emphasis on agriculture education. Blair notes that, “Throughout the nation, fairs began with all things agriculture. Those with the Tulsa State Fair hope to continue this tradition year after year.”

Many enjoy preparing their animals for the chance to win blue ribbons during the Livestock Shows. “Some of the featured shows will include the Sheep Dog Trials, Draft Horse Halter and Cattle Fitting,” notes Blair. “Everyone really seems to enjoy learning about the animals and the events that they participate in.”

The Rodeo has also been featured through the years and has become an important part of the tradition. Held Oct. 7 and Oct. 8, the event will be complimented by the country talent of Easton Corbin and Chris Young.

Talented performers will be featured throughout the grounds. One national act is Steel Magnolia, which is a love story come true. The couple were discovered in a contest and have been performing throughout the nation ever since. Their country songs have captured the heart of the nation and will certainly capture the attention of patrons.
The Midlife Crisis Band has become very popular in the Tulsa area. The group recreates classic songs for their fans. They have been featured in the Tulsa State Fair in previous years and are looking forward to their return.

In addition, MC Hammer, America, Stars Go Dim, Mike Posner, Toby Mac, All Star Weekend and the Eli Young Band will perform among many others.

Another feature will be the String Band Contest in conjunction with the Fiddle Championships. “Both will bring talented performers to the Tulsa State Fair with the hope of beginning their careers,” says Blair.

With so much talent at the Tulsa State Fair, the team decided to bring in two acts that were on the popular show America’s Got Talent. The Fearless Flores Thrill Show is made up of a family that keeps everyone guessing about what they will do next. Antonio Restivo will also perform his acts that were featured on the show.

An array of rides will be found winding through stages and flying far above the walkways. The traditional Ferris Wheel will provide a view of the attractions below while the Sky Ride will take patrons from one end of the event to the other.

One new ride will boast a tall swing, which will glide patrons through the air. Another will send children on a new adventure with balloons.

With the hope of offering even more for patrons, daily promotions are held through the Tulsa State Fair. Sponsors throughout the community bring the opportunity to enjoy more rides, receive gifts such as commemorative pins and complimentary admission with each ticket.

Tickets are available now and there are many options to choose from which includes the Mega Ride Pass, Oklahoma Stage Seating, Disney on Ice, along with the Rodeo and Concerts. Advanced gate admission and ride coupons are offered through Sept. 26. This will bring the opportunity for patrons to save.

For more information about the Tulsa State Fair, call 918-744-1113 or visit www.tulsastatefair.com.

Updated 10-07-2011

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