Rides + Music + Games
= Arizona State Fair
The Equation Adds Up Every year As Millions Head To The State Fairgrounds For A Summer (Or Autumn) Tradition To Walk The Midway, Eat, People Watch And More With Friends And Family
By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine
Oct. 10, 2014 — There are few things in as time honored and beloved as enjoying the local fair.
No matter where one lives in these United States, odds are that from April to November, there is a state, county or city fair that virtually everyone will attend multiple times in their lives. Whether its young ones building memories that will become cherished as they age, or those trying to rekindle cherished memories, a visit to a fair usually always ends up as a good time.
So grab the family, or your favorite sweetheart and head down to the Arizona State Fair at the State Fairgrounds, 1826 W. McDowell Road, Phoenix, from Oct. 10 to Nov. 2.
2014 Concert Series
From classic rock, to rap, and back again, the 2014 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 available for an additional fee on the floor of the Veterans Memorial Coliseum. General admission seating for all concerts is FREE with Fair admission.
Modern Times Magazine Music/Arts Editor Jeff Moses goes In Depth on the musical attractions
Justin Moore — Saturday, Oct. 11, 7 p.m.
Sublime with Rome — Sunday, Oct. 12, 7 p.m.
Darius Rucker — Wednesday, Oct. 15, 7 p.m.
Weezer — Thursday, Oct. 16, 7 p.m.
Wiz Khalifa — Friday, Oct. 17, 7 p.m.
John Fogerty — Saturday, Oct. 18, 7 p.m.
Fifth Harmony — Sunday, Oct. 19, 5 p.m.
Barenaked Ladies — Wednesday, Oct. 22, 7 p.m.
Colbie Caillat — Friday, Oct. 24, 7 p.m.
Dave Pratt’s 1980 Something With Berlin, Cinderella’s Tom Keifer, and John Waite — Saturday, Oct. 25, 6 p.m.
Josh Turner — Sunday, Oct. 26, 7 p.m.
Afrojack presented by 104.7 KISS FM — Wednesday, Oct. 29, 7 p.m.
Queens of the Stone Age — Thursday, Oct. 30, 7 p.m.
Old School Jam — Saturday, Nov. 1, 8 p.m.
View the full lineup, artist bios and photos at
Discounts and Special Deals
Opening Day Only Discount
Friday, Oct. 10
General Fair admission will be just $2 until 5 p.m. opening day only. Sure, the price has been doubled, but its still only $2.
Passport to Savings Coupon
Spend $5, and receive over $1,000 in Arizona State Fair deals including food, rides, and shopping. Included is a FREE return admission ticket for an additional visit to the 2014 Fair.
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.
$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
Beginning October 1, when you spend $40 or more at any Fry’s location, your receipt will feature a discount for 2 FREE adult admissions for any Friday at the Fair. All you have to do is bring your receipt to any admission gate to redeem the tickets.
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. 12, 19, 26, and Nov. 2. 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 16, 23, & 30. 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
Oct. 16, 23, and 30 from noon to 6pm.
Every Wednesday - $2 Rides and Games ALL DAY!
Modern Times Magazine’s Prime Attractions At The Arizona State Fair
The Great American Duck Race — Varous times
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. Participate during the opening weekend and Wednesday through Sunday until the closing night.
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. 10 to 12 Beef Cattle, Boer Goats, Rabbits and Cavies and Oct. 15 to 19 there will be Llamas, Sheep, Angora Goats, Poultry.
ProForce Production presents Monster Trucks — Friday, Oct. 31, 7 p.m.
Monster trucks ... on Halloween. Get it? Get it? Huh? Huh? The biggest stars in monster trucks will be live at the Arizona State Fair October 31 through November 1. Reports are some crazy dude will attempt a backflip.
United States Arm Wrestling Championships — Saturday, Oct. 25, 10 a.m.
Got biceps? The 11th annual United States Armwrestling Championships will be held on Saturday, Oct. 25 in the Hangout. Watch some big, sweaty dudes go over the top.
FMX Freestyle Show & Democross presented by GCS Promotions — Friday, Oct. 17, 5 p.m.
Not just Figure 8 is new. This year there is also high-flying motorcycles. Big time air in the grandstand.
Figure 8 Racing — Oct. 11 to 13
Demolition Derby is out and the Figure 8 is in. This year, there are three days to check out the carnage: Friday, Oct. 10 at 7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 12 at 5 p.m.
Racing Lemurs — Various Times
We have no idea what this might be but the picture and description released by the State Fair makes it hard to stay away: “Experience a never-before-seen racing animal show, the only one of its kind in the world, Racing Lemurs! During this thrilling 15-minute educational and entertaining ring-tailed lemur showcase, three heats of both live and kid-powered lemurs will race to the end of a 30-foot track, as fairgoers cheer on their favorite teams: Bananas, Grapes, Oranges, and Cherries.”
Now, don’t let the description fool you: the lemurs are not real but somehow controlled by kids. Catch them from noon to 10 p.m. during the opening weekend and Wednesday through Sunday until the closing night.
Walgreen's Diaper Derby — Sundays, 1 p.m.
Does your baby have what it takes to cross the finish line? Find out at the Diaper Derby in Kiddie Corner.
Coco's Pie Eating Contest — Saturdays 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. 15 and 16, 7 p.m.
See some of the best amateur classic boxers in the state duke it out. Approximately 10 bouts each night.
Second Annual Comic Art Convention — Saturday, Nov. 1, 10 a.m.
If any more evidence is needed that the Comicon trend is now full-on mainstream, Mini-Comicon will be returning for the 2014 Arizona State Fair!
To review all of the attractions at this year’s Arizona State Fair, visit http://www.azstatefair.com/attractions
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