Sarah has been going to county fairs and state fairs ever since she was little. Sarah has been to many fairs in California and Florida.
Almost every state in the United States has a state fair sometime during the year. The only states that don't have state fairs are Connecticut and Rhode Island though they do have smaller fairs that you can attend. In this article, I will tell you the reasons why state fairs are so amazing.
#1: Cheap Admission
Compared to going to major theme parks like Disney, Universal Studios, Sea World, and other major attractions around the world, county fairs and state fairs have very cheap admission. Most fairs cost between $10-$20 per person whereas going to major theme parks cost anywhere from $50-$150 per person. Also, children have a cheaper price than adults too. For an average family of 4 with 2 adults and 2 children even with $20 per person, ticket admission will cost less than $100. This is very cheap!
If you check the events page of the state fair or county fair that you want to visit, you'll see that there are some days that kids are free or tickets are buy one get one free or the admission is super discounted! This year when we went to the Florida State fair, we happened to visit on $2 Tuesday so our ticket admission was only $2 instead of $10 so we only had to pay $4 total!
#2: A Lot To See and Do
While it's true that food at the fairs isn't healthy, costs a lot of money and often isn't that great, there's a lot of things you can do at the fair. You really get a lot for your money's worth at the fair. There are many free things to see inside including art exhibits, free entertainment, livestock barns, old trains and tractors, and flower exhibits. Even if you're not into art, there's something very intriguing about seeing art on display. Most of the time, the art being displayed is artwork created by the youth living in that state or close to that county. I always enjoy seeing all the exhibits and all the little shops at the fair every year. Each exhibit is different from the other so you really need time to see them all when you're at the fair.
Many famous artists and bands come to the fair to play concerts too. The concert tickets aren't included in the fair admission but you can buy them separately. If the artist you really want to see, never comes to your state but is at the state fair, this would be a great chance to see them because it would be less crowded than at a normal concert venue. Also, if you don't want to pay money to see concerts, there's a lot of free entertainment too. At the Florida State fair, we saw a kind of Cirque de Soleil circus and also a stunt show. These shows were free and included with our admission. We also saw people racing pigs at the fair, it was very entertaining. Some fairs even have fireworks at the end of the night and fireworks here are free!
#3: Fun For The Whole Family
Major theme parks are very expensive and if you don't even live close to one, it can be time-consuming and very expensive to travel to one. The county and state fairs have many attractions that are fun for the whole family. There are smaller rides for little kids and bigger rides for teenagers and adults. The attractions aren't included in the ticket admission but you can purchase this separately as well. In the attractions area, you can buy a set amount of tickets for a set price or you can buy an armband for unlimited attractions. For example, each attraction takes a certain number of tickets. This can be 2 tickets, 5 tickets, 8 tickets etc. so if you have kids that want to ride a lot of attractions, it would be better to buy the armband for unlimited rides. However, I don't ride many attractions at the fair so I prefer to just buy enough tickets for 2 or 3 rides.
Every fair also has a big midway area where you can play a lot of carnival games. This also costs extra and you pay cash to the employee to play the game. Playing midway games can add up really fast but if you budget your money, this can be a lot of fun. I always love playing midway games and always have a lot of fun in this area.
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