Every year Arizonans anticipate the coming of the Maricopa County Fair, where the emphasis is on education and fun, with a particular focus on agriculture. If you were looking for information about the Arizona State Fair (less about agriculture, more about shows and concerts) you can find those details here.
The first Maricopa County Fair was held in 1934 and each year thereafter until in 1954 a fire forced it to close. It reopened in 1975 and has been going strong ever since.
The Maricopa County Fair is a nonprofit organization, and receives no funds from the County or local governments. The mission of the Maricopa County Fair is "to provide an entertainment venue that will attract Maricopa County residents of all ages to participate in educational and competitive activities that promote life skills, with special emphasis on agriculture.
What happens at the Fair?
There are many exhibits at the Maricopa County Fair, including farm equipment, Four C's, farm tours and livestock exhibits. These are what really sets the Maricopa County Fair apart from your typical carnival. Kiddie Koral and Farm Tours will delight the younger children. There are marionettes and dog shows, fire safety demonstrations, and more. Finally, there are four stages of entertainment in addition to grandstand events, where you'll enjoy the talent of local singers, dancers, and entertainers.
Maricopa County Fair - Schedule and Entertainment
The Maricopa County Fair takes place over five days each spring.
Maricopa County Fair 2017 Schedule
Wednesday, April 12, 2017: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. (carnival opens at 4 p.m.)
Thursday, April 13, 2017: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday, April 14, 2017: 10 a.m. to midnight
Saturday, April 15, 2017: 10 a.m. to midnight (carnival opens at 11 a.m.)
Sunday, April 16, 2017: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. (carnival opens at noon). Check here for special Easter activities.
You'll find plenty of family fun at the Maricopa County Fair. Shows and entertainment are included in the admission price. There are four nights of motorsports including Monster Trucks and Demo X Cars. The Great American High Dive Show takes place every day. There are four stages of entertainment at the Maricopa County Fair. Exhibits include livestock, Science Fair, youth and school arts, quilts, model trains, llamas and more.
Family entertainment includes Magician Terry Godfrey, The Safety Magic Show, the Music of George Johnson, Skip Banks the Balloon Man, and the Freckle Farm Petting Zoo.
Great fair food including corn dogs, turkey legs, BBQ, Indian Fry Bread, and all your deep-fried favorites are also an attraction during the Maricopa County Fair!
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Next Page: Directions, Admission Prices, Discounts
Maricopa County Fair - Directions, Prices and Discounts
The Maricopa County Fair is held at the Arizona State Fair Grounds at 1826 W. McDowell Rd. in Phoenix. Here are directions and a map to the Arizona State Fairgrounds. There is a $8 charge to park.
How much does it cost to get into the Maricopa County Fair?
Admission: $9; children 7 and under are admitted free. Rides and carnival games are extra. An unlimited carnival ride pass for $30 is available to purchase.
Are there any coupons or discounts available?
- Wednesday, Thursday and Friday is free admission for everyone until 3 p.m.
- On Sunday, April 16 (Easter) admission is free between 10 a.m. and noon.
- Seniors (55+) receive free admission on Wednesday.
- Uniform Day is Wednesday, so if you are in an organized club, are part of a team or in the military, wear your uniform to the Fair on Wednesday and receive free Fair admission.
- On Wednesday or Thursday after 3 p.m. bring your donation of three cans of food to the Fair and receive $4 off admission.
Parking is not included in any of these special discounts.
What if I have more questions?
For more information, contact the Maricopa County Fair at 602-252-0717 or visit Maricopa County Fair online.
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Hotels Near the Maricopa County Fair
There are several hotels and motels within about two miles of the County Fair at 17th Avenue and McDowell. From there you can take a short drive (there's a fee to park), take the bus (here is information about routes and fares), or you can even walk.
When deciding where to stay, don't forget to take into account that some of these hotels offer amenities that might make them a better deal than another nearby hotel. Examples include free wireless Internet, or free breakfast. That could be a savings of $20 or more per day!
Hotels/Motels Within Two Miles — You Might Be Able to Walk It!
Please note that I have no personal experience at any of these hotels. You can use the link provided to see the star rating and read reviews that others have submitted about the property.
Comfort Inn, 1344 N 27th Ave, Phoenix, 85009
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La Quinta Inn, 2725 N Black Canyon Hwy, Phoenix, 85009
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Rodeway Inn Downtown Phoenix
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If you are unfamiliar with the Greater Phoenix area, this map will help you see where the cities are in relation to one another. You can click on various cities, and get hotel information for that city.