AZ State Fair

AZ State Fair

Yesterday we took advantage of Fry’s Free Friday to attend the Arizona State Fair. As usual we started in the cooler temperatures of Veteran’s Memorial Stadium where we toured the fine art and photography exhibits. This year, in my opinion, the fine art entries were grouped by subject which made comparisons easier. Many of the photographs left me in awe. “Lights of the World” gave us a taste of a special event that will be held November 18-January 29 at Wild Horse Pass. Using modern cutting-edge technology and lights, this display is in the tradition of a Chinese lantern festival.

La Grande Wheel

La Grande Wheel

Out on the grounds we enjoyed a new show, “RePercussion” making noise using buckets, pots and pans. We also visited the Cultural Stage for a colorful hoop dance by a father and his thirteen-year-old son. We took advantage of the $2 food list:sesame chicken with noodles from Wok the Way, a Japanese hot dog from Fhat Dawgs, a frozen banana at H & M Concessions, and an Oktoberfest beer. The livestock barn housing cows was empty; in another building we did walk by hungry goats, feeding piglets, caged poultry, including a prancing gobbler, and unusual Belgian rabbits. A short walk on the Jurassic Trail featured five life-size animatronic dinosaurs. A giant display of pumpkins caught my attention, too. This was our first time visiting the fair long enough to see the lights on the rides. Striking were the the three Ferris wheels, especially La Grande Wheel. This year’s State Fair ends tomorrow.

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