Fall is the perfect time to hit a state fair. With cooler temperatures and the hyper focus on entertainment, the bounty of different activities that state fairs offer make them a great way for truckers to enjoy some of their favorite things. The following guide will help you find the best fall state fairs along your route so you can map out a good time to swing by for a visit.
Slated to take place from September 29 through October 9, the Tulsa State Fair is poised to bring you 11 days of family-friendly fun at its location one block west of Yale Avenue and 21st Street. On October 7 and 8, enjoy rodeo events in the Pavilion courtesy of the PRCA Rodeo & Concert Series. In addition to seven PRCA events — as well as the Grand Entry — you can see Wade Bowen or Dustin Lynch in concert. If music’s piques your interest, you’ll have plenty of other artists to choose from as well. The following will all be making an appearance on the Oklahoma Stage during the state fair: Color Me Badd, Elle King, Oak Ridge Boys, Mercy Me, Kellie Pickler, American Authors and much more. Of course, these are in addition to all of the usual fair entertainment that you’ve always loved.
The Arkansas State Fair is scheduled to take place at the Arkansas State Fair Complex on October 14 – 23. The Arkansas State Fair offers a variety of musical entertainment that you can enjoy. Unlike some other state fairs, these concerts are free with your paid gate admission. You can, however, also purchase premium concert tickets that are upgraded starting at $15. Listen to the artistic talents of acts such as Clint Black, Al B Sure, Rick Springfield, Trapt & Saliva, Mystikal and numerous others. Competitive events that you can view include the junior talent contest, rodeo queen pageant, senior Mrs. pageant, kids talent contest, fair queen pageant and the little Mr. and Miss pageant along with commercial and amateur wine competitions.
Head on down to Fair Park in Dallas from September 30 through October 23, and take in all that the State Fair of Texas has to offer. During the fair’s 24-day run, you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy a plethora of free concerts at the Chevrolet Main Stage including Cody Johnson, Nelly, Prophets & Outlaws, The Quebe Sisters and more. This year, the State Fair of Texas is celebrating 130 years of history with a focus on the state’s diverse agriculture. In addition, you’ll find plenty of places to eat, drink and enjoy other cultural ventures when you visit the State Fair of Texas.
Billed as “Arizona’s Playground,” the Arizona State Fair is being held from October 7th – 30th at the Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum on West McDowell Street in Phoenix. Offering a diverse calendar of ever-changing events, attendees of the Arizona State Fair can expect to see American exhibits with a vintage spin, Grandstand Racing, magic shows and much more. At the Grandstand,for example, you can watch the All-Indian Rodeo, The Return of Bigfoot – King of the Monster Trucks, the High School Rodeo, Figure 8 Racing and other shows designed to offer you unparalleled entertainment. You’ll have a difficult time deciding which activities to do when you have to choose from things such as Rock U, the rock ‘n’ roll adventure that let’s you get hands-on with one of America’s iconic music forms, the barnyard where you can milk a cow, shows where you can see acrobats and become hypnotized and lots of classic fair food.
Held in Raleigh from October 13 to 23, the North Carolina State Fair is located on Blue Ridge Boulevard. Take in their display of antique farm machinery, watch the Circle “C” Racing Pigs or listen to Jeff Robbins as he entertains you with stories, dance and music. You can marvel at the Chinese Imperial Acrobats, watch the graceful moves of the Down to Earth Aerials, be entertained by the International All-Star Circus or stand in awe at the stunts performed at the King BMX Stunt Show. Strong Man John Beatty will be making an appearance, as well as the Pirates of the Colombian Caribbean and the Red Trouser Show. Regardless of which events you choose to see or which day(s) you attend, the North Carolina State Fair will be an experience that you won’t soon forget.
These are the top five can’t-miss state fairs for this fall. Do you have a favorite state fair that you attend each fall? Let us know about it, and we’ll try to include it in a future write-up.