2019 State Fairs

Check Out this 2019 State Fair Calendar

State Fairs
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State fairs, originally held to celebrate the harvest, have grown into enormously popular annual events. For couples on a budget and last-minute vacationers, state fairs offer great, affordable dining and entertainment close to home.

Food

A bounty of edibles fresh-picked from the farm, ethnic delights, and other unique temptations await those with an appetite for something different at state fairs. At the Minnesota State Fair, you can choose from dozens of different foods-on-a-stick...

Regional specialties also reign at state fairs: To determine who makes the finest cheese in Wisconsin, attend competitions featuring colby, cheddar, and other local varieties.

At the Vermont State Fair, see how to make maple syrup -- and savor maple cotton candy and maple donuts. And at the California State Fair, sip on blue-ribbon wines.

Animals

Animal lovers head for the livestock exhibits at state fairs, where they can see the cows, goats, sheep, pigs, chickens, rabbits, and other farm animals up close that 4-H club members work so hard to nurture all year.

Four-legged creatures are also put through their paces in state fairs. Horse shows and dog agility demonstrations draw animal lovers. Those with a greater appetite for speed can catch state fairs' grandstand racing and demolition derbies.

Crafts

Crafty types will appreciate state fairs' demonstrations of needlework, dress-making, and stained-glass making.

Award-winners in canning, baking, cake decorating, and other domestic skills show onlookers how the experts do it. If you're not handy yourself, craftspeople and vendors hawk everything from hand-pieced quilts to amazing new inventions at state fairs.

Games and Rides

At night, the midway illuminates the grounds.

The big Ferris wheel provides an eagle's-eye view of the state fairs activity, and the carousel turns it all into a blur of colors and sounds -- especially when there are fireworks. Visitors of all ages flock to games where prizes large and fuzzy await ring-tossing, balloon-popping champions. (Tip: If your heart is set on walking away with a larger-than-life stuffed animal, offer to buy it outright: In the long run, it'll be cheaper than "winning" it.)

Music

Expect to see the biggest names in show business performing on the state-fair circuit -- and ticket prices are comparatively low.

Traditions

Old-fashioned country pleasures such as fiddling, square dancing, hog-calling, and hay rides are a staple at many state fairs. And state fairs are also the best place to hear country music outside the Grand Ole Opry. 

All over America, the good times are rolling. Whatever your vacation plans, make time to come to the fair.

Alabama National Fair
October 4 - 14, 2019

Alaska State Fair
August 22 - September 2, 2019

Arkansas State Fair
October 11 - 20, 2019

Arizona State Fair
October 4 - 27, 2019. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

California State Fair
July 12 - July 28, 2019

Colorado State Fair
August 23 - September 2, 2019

Connecticut Fairs
Multiple Dates

Delaware State Fair
July 18 – 27, 2019

Florida State Fair
February 6 - 17, 2020

Georgia National Fair
October 3 - 13, 2019

Idaho State Fair
August 16 - 25, 2019

Illinois State Fair
August 8 - 18, 2019

Indiana State Fair
August 2 - 18, 2019

Iowa State Fair
August 8 - 18, 2019

Kansas State Fair
September 6 - 15, 2019

Kentucky State Fair
August 15 - 25, 2019

Louisiana State Fair
October 24 - November 3, 2019

Maine State Fair
August 8 - 17, 2019 Skohegan
July 25 - August 3, 2019 Bangor

Maryland State Fair
August 22 - September 2, 2019

Massachusetts State Fair
September 13 – 29, 2019

Michigan State Fair (Upper Peninsula)
August 12 - 18, 2019

Minnesota State Fair
August 22 - September 2, 2019

Mississippi State Fair
October 2 - 14, 2019

Missouri State Fair
August 8 - 18, 2019

Montana State Fair
July 26 - August 3, 2019

Nebraska State Fair
August 23 - September 2, 2019

New Hampshire State Fair
August 30 - September 2, 2019

New Jersey State Fair
August 2 - 11, 2019

New Mexico State Fair
September 5 - 15, 2019

New York State Fair
August 21 – September 2, 2019

North Carolina State Fair
October 17 - 27, 2019

North Dakota State Fair
July 19 - 27, 2019

Ohio State Fair
July 24 - August 4, 2019

Oklahoma State Fair
September 12 - 22, 2019

Oregon State Fair
August 23 - September 2, 2019

Pennsylvania Fairs
Multiple Dates & Locations, 2019

South Carolina State Fair
October 9 - 20, 2019

South Dakota State Fair
August 29 - September 3, 2019

Tennessee State Fair
September 6 - 15, 2019

Texas State Fair
September 27 - October 20, 2019

Utah State Fair
September 5 - 15, 2019

Vermont State Fair
August 13 - 17, 2019

Virginia State Fair
September 27 - October 6, 2019

Washington State Fair
August 30 - September 22, 2019 (closed Tuesdays and September 4)

West Virginia State Fair
August 8 - 17, 2019

Wisconsin State Fair
August 1 - 11, 2019

Wyoming State Fair
August 13 - 17, 2019

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