The Arizona state fair

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The Arizona state fair

Holly Ngo '19

Holly Ngo '19

Holly Ngo '19

Holly Ngo, Class writer

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It’s that time of the year again: the annual State Fair, when kids and adults alike can enjoy food and rides. From Oct. 6 to Oct. 29, everyone can enjoy any fair activity they want, from a delicious funnel cake to riding the craziest roller coasters.

The Arizona State Fair connects the young and old and is a foundation for the community. This allows families to create memories that carry on for generations. Ralph Marchetta, the Vice President of the Talking Stick Arena calls the fair, “an iconic place of significance and belonging for our community.” Lora Golke, an Arizona resident, describes her experiences at the State Fair as, “a family event that showcases entertainers, art, rides, food, animals, all in one location, all for the community.”

An overview of the fair. Holly Ngo ’19

The State Fair has some insane rides including a bungee jump from 112 feet above the ground. Some interesting rides are the G-Force, which takes all its passenger upside down and in loops. The Mega Drop takes everyone one up 50 feet, followed by a sudden drop that leaves stomachs upside down. And who can forget the ferris wheel? The Al Grande Wheel gives everyone a panoramic view of the entire fair ground.

Food at the fair is definitely a must, for it’s the only time eating a turkey leg out in the open is seen as normal. The food can vary from sugary to salty to savory. Some attendees love eating fried food, such as fried oreos, fried butter and fried candy bars, while others prefer to eat bacon wrapped food.

State fair’s special sweet treats. Holly Ngo ’19

On Oct. 21, the fair celebrated many different cultures as part of celebrating the Phoenix Sister Cities initiative, a the program in which the city of Phoenix partners up with different countries throughout the entire world.

The State Fair hosted its 112th year anniversary this year, which meant the fair started back in 1905. The State Fair has given many families wonderful memories and is treated as a tradition every fall that it happens. The fair is open from Wednesday to Friday at 12:00 pm to 9:00 pm and Saturday to Sunday from 11:00 pm to 9:00 pm, so check it out before it ends on Sunday Oct. 29, 2017!

 

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