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Arizona State Fair In 2016?

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Beyond The Typical Fair Attractions Like Rides, Food, Animal Petting And People Watching, There Are Quite A Few New Attractions, And Others That Are A Bit Skewed From Years Past


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

Oct. 3, 2016 — Its is very nearly that time of year again! The weather is a little better and that means we Phoenicians can actually go outside. Fortunately that means some excellent events are rolling out around the Valley. Namely, the Arizona State Fair. Yes, in a few days we will be able to enjoy free concerts, rides and perhaps most importantly, lots of deep fried food. While there are plenty of things we can definitely count on each year — like plenty of access to corn dogs and rides galore — there are also many things that vary from year to year. So, here are a few things to know about this year’s fair.

Take the opportunity to enjoy the better weather, food and fun at the Arizona State Fair at the State Fairgrounds, 1826 W. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, from Oct. 16 to 30. And don’t forget, the fair is only open Wednesday to Sunday — it's closed on Monday and Tuesday.

2016 Concert Series

One of the best things about going to the Arizona State Fair is being able to watch some live music. What’s better is that if you don’t care a whole lot about where you sit, you can watch any of the concerts at the fair for free, all you have to do is pay for fair admission. Seating for the concerts is on a first-come-first-served basis. As usual, the organizers of the Arizona State Fair have put together a very mixed bag of artists for the 2016 concert series ranging from Cheap Trick to Iggy Azalea.

The Lineup
Big & Rich with Cowboy Troy - Saturday, Oct. 8, 7 p.m.
Koolapalooza - Sunday, Oct. 9, 4 p.m.
Cheap Trick - Wednesday, Oct. 12, 7 p.m.
B.O.B. - Thursday, Oct. 13, 7 p.m.
Fiesta Friday - Friday, Oct. 14, 7 p.m.
Iggy Azalea - Saturday Oct. 15, 7 p.m.
Luis Coronel - Sunday Oct, 16, 5 p.m.
Scotty McCreery - Wednesday, Oct. 19, 7 p.m.
Cash Cash - Thursday, Oct. 20, 7 p.m.
Charlie Puth - Friday, Oct. 21, 7 p.m.
The Flaming Lips - Saturday, Oct. 22, 7 p.m.
Jack & Jack - Sunday, Oct. 23, 5 p.m.
Slayer - Wednesday, Oct. 26, 7 p.m.
Garbage - Thursday, Oct. 27, 7 p.m.
Gavin Degraw & Andy Grammer - Friday, Oct. 28, 7 p.m.
Old School Jam - Saturday, Oct. 29, 7 p.m.

For more information on this year’s concert series or to buy advance tickets, visit

Special Events

Rock U: The Institute of Rock ‘N’ Roll
A special spot this year will allow those willing to pony up $5 to, “explore the foundations of Rock dating back to the 1950’s, as well as the Rock forefathers including Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly and the Beach Boys.” By way of an interactive multimedia display celebrating the live performance aspects of Rock and Roll in addition to listening stations focusing on live performances of the world’s favorite rock bands. Admission $5.

U.S. Armwrestling Championships
The 12th Annual United States Armwrestling Championships will be held on Saturday, Oct. 15 in the Hangout beginning at 1 p.m.. Men will compete in five different classes from 144 to 220 pounds and up. Two Women’s classes include an Open and Lightweight (144 pounds and under) divisions. Prizes include the potential for earning a national ranking as well as trophies. Included with admission.

The Flying Meatball Circus
If juggling, acrobatics, European Clowning, spoof magic, slapstick comedy and daring stunts are your things, the fair has one spicy meatball for you! The Flying Meatball Circus performs daily Oct. 7 through Oct. 23.

Copper Gloves Boxing
Some of Arizona's best amateur boxers will be at the 46th Annual Copper Gloves Boxing Event, Oct. 19 and 20. Since 1970, Phoenix Boys and Girls Center Boxing Club has sponsored the event at the Arizona State Fair.

Quarter Midget Racing
Arizona racers ages 5 to 16 take to the dirt track in the Arizona State Fair’s Grandstand on Oct. 12 and 13 in ¼-scale midget race cars with 120-150cc engines. Event starts at 4 p.m.

Figure 8 Racing
They used to be demolition Derbies. Now, they do Figure 8 racing. The goal is the same, though. Crash to win. Friday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 29 and 30 at 6 p.m.

Discounts and Special Deals

Opening Day Discount
On opening day, admission to the fair will be just $2 before 2 p.m.. This is on Friday, 10/7 only.

Read & Ride
Kids age 5 - 14 can read three age appropriate books and earn three free carnival rides at the fair. A form can be downloaded from the fair website and a parent must sign the form to confirm that the child completed the reading. Just bring the form to the guest services booth. The form can be downloaded at

3 Every Day 3 Dollar Discount
On any day the fair is open, bring in a receipt showing the purchase of any milk, cheese and yogurt product and you’ll receive $3 off of your fair admission.

$2 Before 2 P.M. Saturdays
Just like the name says, if you show up to the fair before 2 p.m. on a Saturday, you get in for just $2.

Unlimited Ride Wristband Thursdays & Sundays
If rides are your thing, than going to the fair on Thursday or Sunday would probably be your best bet. On Sundays only, a wristband can be purchased for $50 that allows for free rides all day until 11 p.m. The same deal can be had on Thursday, with the added benefit of the wristband only being $30.

We Care Wednesdays
If you want to get into the fair on the cheap and do some good all at the same time, Wednesday is your day. Just donate four non-perishable food items and you will get into the fair for free.

30 Cent Thursdays
Drop by any MetroPCS location to grab your coupon for 30 cent admission to the fair. The offer is valid until 6 p.m. on Thursdays only. No purchase necessary. Just find a MetroPCS and grab a coupon.

Free Hour Thursdays
From noon to 1 p.m. every Thursday fair admission is totally free. Plain and simple.

Taste of the Fair
On Friday’s, with the exception of opening day on Oct. 7, fair attendees can try out food, rides and games for just $2 each from noon to 6 p.m.

Free Fry’s Fridays
If you spend more than $40 in a single trip at Fry’s, be sure to save your receipt. Bring it to the fair on any Friday and you will receive two free adult admissions to the fair.

To check out all of the fair’s discounts and to get more information, visit h

Be sure to visit the Arizona State Fair website at to check out a full list of special events, get food information or to look up parking and any other details you may need to enjoy your visit.

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