Finishing touches put on as Tulsa State Fair prepares to open

TULSA, Okla. — Excitement is building around the Tulsa State Fair, which opens Thursday. The finishing touches are being put on vendors and rides over next couple of days.

Amanda Blair with Expo Square said the fair is Tulsa’s largest event and brings in a economic boost of more than $50 million.

Blair added, like every year, fair goers can expect new elements on top of fair classics like rides and fried foods.

“We always have the traditional things, but we want to make sure we’re keeping up with the environment with so many choices for entertainment. We have new entertainment this year with all the different concerts. We also have five new rides out on the Midway,” she said.

Livestock will start moving in on Tuesday.

“Fairs started across the country with a livestock focus. We definitely have that piece. It’s the Super Bowl for FFA and 4H kids, so that is happening. They start on Wednesday so we do start some of the activities before the fair starts,” Blair said.

Inspections will continue over the next three days to ensure safety is priority.

“As rides get completed, the Labor Department is here inspecting them as they get set up and then they’ll inspect them as they complete, and then the food vendors all get inspected and they have to be inspected before they can open, Blair said.

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