- 12 days of fun, that's what the State Fair is for
And — early bird gets the $1 admission — hand the gatekeeper one dollar in cash on Oct. 9 and you're good to go on opening day.
- Double the decker double the fun
A free circus will perform three times daily with hour-long shows under a big-top tent near the South Gate Entrance (peep the handy map for the locations of all the attractions at this year's fair). Expect circus acts like the globe of death, duo silks aerialists, show camels, and more from an international cast, led by ringmaster Ian Garden.
In addition to that baller Ferris Wheel, this year's fair rides include a double decker merry-go-round, the 'morbid mansion,' and classic 'twister.'
New this year, free concerts take place on the Pepsi Place stage, including acts like The Tams, The Latin Caravan, Tokyo Joe, Reggie Sullivan, and more. Check out the full list of entertainment online.
Guests can check out live animals throughout the fair, from a daily petting zoo to a Border Collie herding exhibition to a "high energy" piglet race.
As always, the food offerings will be gut-busting (in the best ways possible): there's a chili mac attack, with mac and cheese, french fries, chili, and jalapenos; a double dog corndog, featuring, you guessed it, two-in-one 'dogs; and likely to be a crowd favorite, a birthday cake funnel cake with icing and rainbow sprinkles.
The list of fun, food, and animal wackiness goes on. Be sure to peruse all the offerings online. We'll see y'all at the fair.