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Head On Down To The State Fairgrounds For A Summer (Or Autumn In Arizona) Tradition That Includes Concerts From Snoop Lion And ZZ Top As Well As Demolition Derby And Other Standard Fair Faire


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

Oct. 10, 2013 — Grab the family, or your favorite sweetheart and make some plans for food that will tempt the tastebuds (and likely make you gain a few pounds), rides that will cause some white knuckles (but provide a great adrenaline rush) and fgeats of skill that will make you a champion  (or at least spend $20 for a $2 prize).

Yup, its time for the Arizona State Fair at the State Fairgrounds, 1826 W. McDowell Road, Phoenix, from Oct. 11 to Nov. 3.

Even though it seems like the same old fair every year — but it is still a helluva time — there are actually several new events and tweaks made every season. This year’s fair features several new and exciting attractions including Star Trek: The Exhibition, The Great American Duck Race, Tyzen the Hypnotist, Secret Circus, Cartoon Alley Demonstrations, and six new Midway rides.

Regardless, though, with the music, midway games, rides, new attractions and old favorites, there is definitely something for everyone at the 2013 Arizona State Fair.

Music Lineup

From classic rock, to rap, and back again, the 2013 Fair Concert Series is jam-packed with talented acts from a variety of musical genres. Free seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis although reserved seats are still available on the floor of the Veterans Memorial Coliseum. General admission seating for all concerts is FREE with Fair admission.Tickets go on sale Sept. 7. Tickets available at, select Walmart locations, Fry's Marketplace locations, Curacao locations, Phoenix Convention Center or charge-by-phone at 800.745.3000. Reserved seat tickets also require the purchase of a separate ticket, prices indicated below.

2013 Concert Series Lineup

Trace Adkins — Saturday, Oct. 12, 7 p.m., $20
ZZ TOP — Sunday, October 13, 7 p.m., $20
Cheap Trick — Wednesday, Oct. 16, 7 p.m., $15
Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers — Friday, Oct. 18, 7 p.m., $15
The Wanted — Saturday, Oct. 19, 7 p.m., $20
Prince Royce — Sunday, Oct. 20, 5 p.m., $20
Snoop Dogg AKA Snoop Lion — Wednesday, Oct. 23, 7 p.m., $20
Alabama Shakes — Thursday, Oct. 24, 7 p.m., $15
Zendaya — Friday, Oct. 25, 7 p.m., $15
Billy Currington — Saturday, Oct. 26, 7 p.m., $20
Jerry Lewis — Sunday, Oct. 27, 5 p.m., $15
Megadeth — Wednesday, Oct. 30, 7 p.m., $20
Old School Jam — Friday, Nov. 1, 8 p.m., $15
Kidz Bop Kids — Saturday, Nov. 2, 5 p.m., $15

View the full lineup, artist bios and photos at

Discounts and Special Deals

Opening Day Only Discount
Friday, Oct. 11
General Fair admission will be just $1 until 5 p.m. opening day only.

Foodie Fridays
Every Friday
Taste the Fair's signature items for $2 each from 12 noon - 6pm. Also featuring $2 rides and games until 6 p.m.

3 Every Day 3 Dollar Discount
Receive 3 dollars off one regularly-priced fair admission any day when you bring in a receipt documenting the purchase of three dairy items - one product of each of the following: milk, cheese, and yogurt.

Discounted Parking
$5 parking on the 20th Ave. Lot (regular price $10), located on the SW corner of 19th Ave. & Encanto.

Read & Ride
Encouraging Arizona Kids ages 5-14 to read. Read 3 books, get 3 carnival rides FREE!

Free Fry's Fridays Discount
Fridays just got better, thanks to Fry’s!

FREE park & ride shuttle from State Capitol
Available Friday 6 p.m. and all-day Saturday and Sunday until one hour after the fair closes.

$2 Before 2pm Weekend
Every Saturday and Sunday
Admission is just $2 before 2pm every Saturday and Sunday during the Fair! Offer available at admission gates only.

Sunday Unlimited Ride Wristband Day
Unlimited Ride Wristband Day Sundays Oct. 13, 20, 27, and Nov. 3. Wristbands $35. Wristbands valid on day of purchase until 11pm. Sales conclude daily at 9pm.

Thursday Unlimited Ride Wristband Day
Unlimited Ride Wristband Day Thursdays Oct 17, 24, & 31. Wristbands $30. Wristbands valid on day of purchase until 11pm. Sales conclude daily at 9pm.

Thursday Free Admission
FREE admission from noon to 1 p.m.

Wednesday $2 Games & Rides
October 16, 23, and 30 from noon to 6pm.
Every Wednesday - $2 Rides and Games ALL DAY!

Must-See Attractions

The 18-day Arizona State Fair is filled with attractions for any appetite, but sometimes the list is so long, it is hard to wade through the morass. All events are free unless otherwise noted.

Modern Times Magazine’s Prime Attractions At The Arizona State Fair

Opening Day Scavenger Hunt — Friday, Oct. 11
FREE with Fair Admission
Test your skills from noon to 3 p.m. with the Opening Day Scavenger Hunt. To participate, pick up a passport at any admission gate. Passports contain riddles which send scavenger hunters to specific locations throughout the fairgrounds. Stamps are earned at each correct location. The first 200 people to bring a completely stamped passport to Guest Services win a season pass to the fair.

The Great American Duck Race — Everyday
Experience live racing action at the Great American Duck Race. Lucky members of the audience are chosen to hold and release one of four Mallard ducks as the starting horn sounds.

See Some Animals — Everyday
Presented by the Maricopa County Fair. Visit the Great American Petting Zoo in the Cattle Barn for the entire run of the fair. From Oct. 11 to 13 Beef Cattle, Boer Goats, Rabbits and Cavies and Oct. 16 to 20 there will be Llamas, Sheep, Angora Goats, Poultry.

Star Trek: The Exhibition — Everyday
Star Trek: The Exhibition is one of the largest collections of authentic Star Trek artifacts and information ever put on public display.

High Fly’n Zip Lines — Everyday
Come experience the amazing thrill of flying over the fair when you step off the 55 foot tall zip line tower and zip down the lines at speeds up to 35 mph.

Demolition Derby — Oct. 11 to 13
Only in a demolition derby are deliberate collisions rewarded. Last car running wins.

Coco's Pie Eating Contest — Saturday 1 p.m.
Coco’s Pie Eating Contest features 10 contestants in four different age categories, as they compete to clean delicious cream pie off their plates in the time allotted. First, second and third place contestants win Coco’s certificates. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. As long as it doesn’t end like the contest in Stand By Me, it will probably be a great time.

Copper Gloves Boxing — Oct. 16 and 17, 7 p.m.
See some of the best amateur classic boxers in the state duke it out. Approximately 10 bouts each night.

To review all of the attractions at this year’s Arizona State Fair, visit

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