The best food, rides and offerings at the 2022 Arizona State Fair

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The state fair opens Friday at noon and will run through October 30.

  • Here’s what you need to know, what’s new and more.
Logistics

Opening hours are From Thursday to Sunday from noon to around 11 p.m.

  • Admission is $15 or free for children 7 and under. Tickets can be purchased in advance online or through the show app. Rides, games and food are extra.
  • Parking is expensive and a bit cumbersome, so weigh your options beforehand.
Food

Expect all the classics like corn dogs, cotton candy, and fried bread. But be on the lookout for this new fair rate:

Performances

This year’s fair performance don’t have the star power seen last year.

  • This is the third consecutive year without a major concert at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
  • Fair organizers told The Arizona Republic that rising talent and production costs and a tight live entertainment market were to blame, but pledged to bring them back strong next year.
  • You can still see a whole bunch of tribute bands and artists this year, including New Doubt (No Doubt) and Shade of Billy (Billy Joel).
Mounted

Expect a mix classic thrill rides and kid-friendly rides.

  • There are three Ferris wheels, two haunted houses, and a whole bunch of things that spin and spin.
  • 🎟 My thoughts: I’ve always been a fan of tilt-a-whirl.
Offers

The price of a fair exit can add up quickly. Here are some promotions you can take advantage of.

  • Students aged 5 to 14 can get three free rides by reading three books and bringing this form to the fair.
  • Every Thursday, you can purchase an unlimited ride wristband for $50.
  • Every Friday (except today), bring 10 non-perishable food items to donate and get free entry between noon and 6 p.m.
  • Every Friday (except today), get $3 worth of groceries from noon to 6 p.m.

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