|Updated: 9/26/2013 9:05 am
||Published: 9/25/2013 9:28 pm
Thousands will attend Thursday's opening of the Tulsa State Fair.
Many Tulsans will head that way and it could end up costing you more than you expect, especially if you park in the wrong place.
FOX23 did some checking and people caught parking where they’re not supposed to could end up paying up to $60.
Valerie Osgood-Sutton knows what a headache parking at the fair can be. We found her playing outside with her son. Her busy 5-year-old loves soccer but during this time of year, his outdoor practice time is limited.
When the fair is here, he can't play soccer outside in the front yard.
'It's more the traffic because he's not super streetwise yet and so if a ball were to go out, I would worry with so many cars that they wouldn't see him," she says.
Valerie and her family have lived in a neighborhood near the fair for four years now, and during this time every year in September cars will line her streets.
"We like to say it's the two weeks out of the year that we really don't like living here, and it's just because of the amount of traffic," says Valerie.
That's why she and her other neighbors will go to great lengths to keep the area clear of strangers. To make sure others don't park in front of her house, she and her husband will move their cars from the driveway to the curb.
She says the Tulsa Police Department does a great job enforcing parking during the fair.
"Generally if you can find a cop and flag them down then they will come ticket them for you," says Valerie.
Remember, if there is a sign that says no parking during events and people park there anyway, they could walk away with a ticket or even get your car towed if it's blocking traffic.
Another thing to be mindful of is that homeowners are not allowed to let drivers park on their lawn.
They don't want people making extra money by charging 10 or 20 bucks to park on the lawn," she says.
There is also plenty of parking on the fairgrounds itself. There are also shuttles available at the Promenade Mall, Hale High School and the TPS Education Service Center.