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Maricopa County Fair Revs

Funtime Throttle For 2014

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Traditional County Fair Hallmarks — Music, Games, Rides And Livestock Shows — Form The Bedrock Of This Year’s Event, But Highlights Also Include Monster Truck Mayhem And Discounts For Students And Teachers

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Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

April 9, 2014 — MOO!

The Maricopa County Fair is upon us, April 9 to 13 at the Arizona Exposition and State Fairgrounds, 1826 W. McDowell Road, Phoenix.

Yes, moo. The event has a strong showing of agricultural content. But you know there’s more to it. For example, did someone say MONSTER TRUCK MAYHEM?!?! Of course they did. There will be two Monster Truck Mayhem shows in the outdoor arena.

And live music? Yes! A.B. Quintanilla’s Los Kumbia All Starz will perform on April 12, and the County Fair Stage features the musical stylings of George Johnson.

The 2014 Maricopa County Fair is for families and friends to visit for exciting entertainment, food, thrilling rides, extreme motors sports, arts and crafts, livestock competitions, shopping, and more. All shows are included with admission to the fair. The 2014 Exhibitor Handbook is available at http://www.maricopacountyfair.org/ for committee, staff, and exhibitor recommendations about everything from livestock to jams and jellies.

Members of organized clubs, sports teams, and U.S. Military are encouraged to wear their uniform to the fair on April 9 and receive free admission. Teachers may bring their students to the fair for a field trip, and all will get free admission, and seniors age 55 and up may visit the fair for free on April 9 (parking not included).

On April 9 to 10, after 3 p.m., bring a donation of three cans of food for a $4 discount to the price of admission. On Read to Ride Thursday, students through 6th grade get free admission and four free rides. Thursday night is teacher’s night and their admission is free (teachers, please register in advance).

Price of admission is $9 and kids under 8 years old get in free. Admission is free for everyone Wednesday through Friday, from opening at 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (price of parking not included).

Parking operated by the Arizona Exposition and State Fair is $7 per vehicle. Gates at the fair are open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday; and 10 a.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday.

A few of the Notable Events on the 2014 Maricopa County Fair Schedule:

  • A.B. Quintanilla III Kumbia King Allstarz - Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
  • Extreme Moto Cross Races -  practice on Friday, Saturday Races at 2 p.m.
  • High Flying Freestyle Moto X show - Saturday at 7 p.m.
  • Monster Trucks and Tough Truck Racing, brought to you by KNIX on Sunday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
  • Meet and Greet with SpongeBob Squarepants, kid- and family-free characters on the Salt River Project Safety Zone Stage throughout the days of the fair; check the daily program for exact times
  • Other various daily family entertainment includes the Wild West Turkey Stampede, Rocket’s K Comets Fido 500 Dog Races, Polywood Bird Show, Magician Terry Godfrey, The Safety Magic Show, Comedy Juggler Greg Frisbee, Animation, NBA Half-Time Star Skip Banks, and Freckle Farm Petting Zoo

The fair features five stages:

The Arizona Mining Main Stage will feature bands, dance groups, and martial arts groups.

The Main Stage provides a comfy break from the sun under a giant tent. Retrieve a cool drink or snack, sit back, and enjoy.

The County Fair Stage will feature the musical styling of George Johnson, and hosts the  traditional fun of the County Fair Games.

The K-LOVE Stage is sponsored by K-LOVE radio and Extreme Faith Productions, and features a lineup of inspirational music and entertainment.

The Community Stage and Avenue Stage provides an opportunity for budding artists and enthusiasts to perform, rocking with bands, belly dancers, choirs and more.

And finally, the Youth Livestock Shows and Small Stock Shows at the fair are some of the best in the state. The Annual Auctions provide a chance for youth to sell their projects to earn money for college, further education, and future project animals.

The Small Stock Auction is April 11 and the Large Stock Auction is April 12. Those Interested in raising an animal project should consider joining an organized youth club such as the 4-H or FFA.

More than 70,000 people are expected to visit this years festivities.

In addition to the arena shows, huge carnival, great family entertainment, and strong livestock shows, the inside space is climate controlled, and features a science fair, entertainment, demonstrations, make-and-take activities, art displays, and the fair’s competitive still exhibits (quilts, jams, jellies, floriculture, etc.)
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