The Oklahoma State Fair is one of the biggest state fairs in America. This celebration of the state's agricultural heritage as well as its commerce and manufacturing roots specializes in family fun. You'll find the traditional assortment of blue-ribbon competitions and tasty food, along with rides, concerts, and a long list of other fun things to do. Kids of all ages will enjoy their time at the ten-day-long Oklahoma fair, which arrives like clockwork at the end of September.
Oklahoma State Fair History and Facts
Every year, the state fair is one of the most popular Oklahoma events on the schedule, drawing people to State Fair Park in Oklahoma City. Since the earliest days of statehood, Okies and visitors have made their way to OKC to celebrate at harvest time. The first fair was held in 1907, the same year Oklahoma joined the Union. Over the first century, the fair grew bigger, adding more events and activities. State Fair Park has been upgraded, too, making it one of the best places hold large events and keep large crowds comfortable. Throughout the year, the fairgrounds host special events, including several horse shows, in addition to the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds events in September.
Tickets to the Oklahoma State Fair
General admission tickets include access to a few special events and rides, and they're discounted for kids ages 6 to 11. Young kids can enjoy the Oklahoma Fair 2016 for free. Additional tickets are needed for the big Oklahoma State Fairgrounds events. If you're buying concert tickets, the price includes gate admission.
Season passes also are available, which will save a lot of money if you're planning on spending more than one day at the fair. Parking passes, too, can be purchased for the day or the season. If you'd prefer to save money on parking, you could walk a little bit more and park in the free lots. Wristbands for the rides are another money-saving option.
Directions to the Oklahoma Fair
State Fair Park is close to the junction of Interstate 40 and I-44. If you're coming from Bricktown and downtown OKC, take Interstate 44 west and exit at 10 Street. At 89er Drive, the first stoplight, turn right and you're right at the Oklahoma State Fair. If you're coming from Edmond or other points north, take Interstate 35 south and catch I-44. The directions are the same from there. The northbound trip along I-35 is a little different. From I-35, exit at I-240 west and follow it until it changes into I-44 east. From there, you'll take the 10th street exit to the Oklahoma Fair.
Lodging near the Oklahoma State Fair 2016
It's no surprise that many Oklahoma City hotels are located close to the Oklahoma State Fair, and many of the properties offer special rates and packages during the fair.
Cambria Suties at 4410 SW 19th Street is close to State Fair Park and the Will Rogers International Airport. With contemporary design as a hallmark, the hotel offers a spacious lobby with a large media wall and wireless Internet access throughout the entire property. You'll also find a coffee bar and lounge onsite, as well as a bistro-style restaurant and an indoor pool. All of the rooms have LCD TVs and bath amenities from Bath and Body Works.
Another one of the Oklahoma hotels close to the Oklahoma Fair, the Super 8 Fairgrounds location is located at 2821 N.W. 39th Street. At the northwest gateway to the fairgrounds, the hotel is easy to access from Interstate 44. Guests are treated to a complimentary breakfast each morning, and all rooms have in-room coffee and TVs with movie channels. Wireless Internet access also is included in the room rate.
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