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Oklahoma State Fair celebrates 107th Year of Daredevil Rides, Fair Food, Disney

By: M.A. Smith

Daredevil rides, cotton candy and two-foot corndogs are back for the Oklahoma State Fair’s 107th birthday.

The Oklahoma State Fair runs Sept. 11-21, and gates open at 8 a.m. Carnival attractions start noon on Monday, 1 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Buildings are open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Outside Vendors are open from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Regular Admission costs $10 for adults ages 12 and older, $5 for children ages 6-11 and free for children 5 and younger. Season passes are available for $30.

The Oklahoma State Fair also sells advanced tickets July 5 through Sept. 10 at www.okstatefair.com or by calling 405-948-6800.

The Oklahoma State Fair kicks off with an Opening Ceremony from 5 to 5:20 p.m. at the 14 Flags Plaza flagpoles.

Local schools and organizations will provide live entertainment. Capitol Hill High School’s Naval JROTC class will present this year’s colors.

Capitol Hill’s Drum Line, Dancing Diversity Company, Honors Choir and the Oklahoma City Indian Princesses will provide music and other entertainment.

Fairgoers attending the Opening Ceremony will be entered for a chance to win season gate tickets and parking passes.

Concerts and Shows

Calling all Mousekateers, Disney on Ice presents “Let’s Celebrate!”

Mickey Mouse and familiar Disney characters will entertain children and the young at heart with a Valentine’s day Royal Ball with Princess Tiana.

Jack Skellington and Disney’s Villains celebrate an early Halloween, while Alice and the Mad Hatter throw a Very Merry UnBirthday Party. Even Lilo and Stitch join the party with an authentic Hawaiian luau.

Disney on Ice runs Sept. 11 through 16, with multiple shows on most dates. Tickets go on sales July 5 and include gate admission if purchased by Sept. 10.

Seats cost $32 for rinskside, $27 for box seats, $20 for upper level reserved and $15 for upper level general admission.

Country music legends, The Charlie Daniels Band, will perform Sept. 20 at 7:30 p.m., and Jarrod Niemann will perform Sept. 19 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets go on sales July 5. Seating cost $27 for box seats. Upper level seating costs $22 for adults and $20 for children ages 2-11.

The City of AGtropolis

Meet the citizens of AGtropolis, an all-animal educational event. This isn’t the typical petting zoo. Children learn about animals and nature from the residents of Oklahoma’s newest township.

Each section of the tour is divided into communities that teach children something different about animals, agriculture and community.

“Communities” include Farmyard Follies, Butterfly Boarding House, OSU’s Insect Adventure, Farmer For A Day, 3-Silos Cinema, Honey Bee Haven, The Alpaca Experience, Goat’s Milk Soap Making Demonstrations and Hand spinning Demonstrations.

While there, don’t miss the opportunity to meet the citizens — Chuck Flank A.K.A. Bullman, Dr. Meg Yolk, Mr. Al Paca, Queen BeeAtrice, Ranger Billy and Kid Karryall, Dolly, Scoops McPig and Tripsey.

Competitions

No fair would be complete without a competition. This year the Oklahoma State Fair has all the tried and true competitions – plus a few extras.

Competitions include walk-up art contests, traditional registered entries, equine and livestock shows, creative arts; wine tasting, music and arm wrestling.

Some events require prior registration and entry fees, while others are first come, first serve and free.

More information about the events and a complete schedule is located on the fair’s competition site.

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