My fair lady

An evening at the Tulsa State Fair.



Tulsa FairDespite its 2009 jingle, “Flying High,” which is anything but the Sirens’ song, the Tulsa State Fair did not disappoint. I’m not sure what draws me there each year. It isn’t the rides, animals, concerts or vendor booths. It could be the fair fare or the excellent opportunity for people-watching. But above all, it is because the fair is tradition.

Each year, the Tulsa State Fair ushers in the fall season with a feast, or rather an economical smorgasbord, for the senses. Where else can one encounter the aroma of smoked turkey legs mixed with giant cinnamon buns, a smidgen of B.O. and a whole bunch of pig manure? Or the sounds of kids screaming in pleasure (and a little fear) on a mini-coaster, carnies yelling their taunting catcalls, music from great local bands and the clop-clopping of horse hooves?

Typically, I venture out to the fair as it’s wrapping up, but a perfectly cool evening in the opening days drew me in this year. I went with a mission – to unearth something new (at least to me) and to experience my ol’ standbys, the roasted corn on the cob, the knock-off purse vendors, and the Shammy demonstration booth (those things are amazing).

Parking was a cinch, although I must admit I stalked someone who was leaving... And after maneuvering my way through the kiddie rides, I discovered my first intrigue. “The Amazing Spiderlady,” the sign read. And I could see her in all her glory for the bargain price of $1. Having been pleasantly surprised (and a tad scared) by my $1 peek at the world’s largest pig last year, I couldn’t pass this up. I won’t ruin the fun, but I will say if it only costs $1 to laugh that hard, I’d gladly pay it many times.

Media outlets across the nation have been touting the No. 1 new fair food for weeks. But after reading the menus of nearly every vendor and coming up empty, I thought my search for chocolate-covered bacon would be unsuccessful. However, I’m not happy to report, I found the lone vendor who was selling the much-overhyped concoction out of an ice chest. Only $3 to take two bites, turn up my nose and leave not wanting to eat either chocolate or bacon anytime soon.

Another first this year was attending early enough to witness the live animal births. And, ahem, I’ll only say I prefer seeing the cute newborn goats, pigs and chicks and not the actually birthing process itself.

Finally, beware the “Footsie Wootsie” foot massagers stationed throughout the Midway. These full-body vibrators are almost X-rated and not what I’d call family-friendly…

All in all, the 2009 Tulsa State Fair was a great one. I got to meet some local celebs, peruse the Made in Oklahoma items and witness a woman escaping handcuffs in a water-filled tank. Was the fair truly different this year? Maybe not. But the memories are always worth the price of admission.

What are you saying about the 2009 Tulsa State Fair?

From Twitter.com

@thecakerobot: Amazing cake designs at #tulsastatefair very impressive work.

@letter10: #tulsastatefair ...food on a stick and kids on a leash. That pretty much sums it up.

@jennifermarriot: Cheese on a stick. And strolling my kid through the livestock area. He loves the smell of poop, apparently. #TulsaStateFair

jeffdegarmo: The "Flyin High" jingle for the Tulsa State Fair is really, really bad. #tulsastatefair

jwegley: Tonight I had chocolate covered bacon at the Tulsa State Fair. Pretty good. Sweet, smokey, salty. Pretty good stuff. http://pic.gd/e61545

jslayden: Today's quote - That heifer can really flex her hocks. From, announcer at Tulsa State Fair livestock arena

cabsdad: Just had chocolate-dipped cheesecake at the Tulsa State Fair..... Delicious

JamieOdell: I rode the cliff hanger at the fair, where u lay on ur stomach like u r flying. Its official i am flying high at the Tulsa State Fair


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Cost: $10 at the gate or $7 in advance for adults. Children 12 and under are FREE.

Where:
River West Festival Park
2100 S. Jackson Ave.
Tulsa, OK  74107
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Sponsor: Resolute PR
Telephone: 903-292-7885
Contact Name: Zachary Johnston
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Hello, Friends!   Fall is in the air! We are excited to present the 5th Annual Hugo Pumpkin Festival, a fun-filled event featuring a variety of entertaining activities for the whole family....

Cost: $ 6 - $ 20

Where:
Endangered Ark Foundation
2657 E 2070 Rd
Hugo, OK  74743
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Sponsor: Endangered Ark Foundation
Telephone: 580-317-8470
Contact Name: Emily
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The Karbach Games and Competitions Arena becomes our own center of the universe Saturday at 2:00 PM for true fans of German bier. Why? Because it is ground zero for the Linde Oktoberfest Bavarian...

Cost: $40

Where:
River West Festival Park
2100 South Jackson Avenue
Tulsa, OK  74107
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Sponsor: River Parks
Contact Name: Ryan Howell

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Folk Salad Radio Show celebrates its 20th anniversary with a potluck meal followed by a concert featuring Grammy-nominated singer songwriter John Fullbright and several other Tulsa musicians on...

Cost: $35

Where:
The Stone Church
4225 W. Fifth St.
Tulsa, OK
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Sponsor: Folk Salad Radio Show
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Go into the woods and experience the return of this fantastic family production with performances in both Tulsa and Broken Arrow. Tulsa Ballet's Hardesty Family Foundation Children's...

Cost: $15

Where:
Studio K (Tulsa) and Zarrow Studio (Broken Arrow(
1212 E 45th Place
Tulsa, OK  74105
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Sponsor: Tulsa Ballet
Telephone: 918-749-6006
Contact Name: Dan
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Abersons presents Pink Ribbon -- an exclusive, high-fashion fundraiser featuring a runway show by one of the world's hottest designers. Cocktails 6 p.m. | Dinner & Live Auction 7...

Cost: $1,250

Where:
Southern Hills Country Club
2636 E. 61st St.
Tulsa, OK  74136
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Sponsor: Abersons
Telephone: 918-834-7200
Contact Name: Scarlet Henley
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America’s LARGEST interactive comedy murder mystery dinner show is now playing at the Hilton Garden Inn Tulsa Broken Arrow! At The Dinner Detective, you’ll tackle a challenging crime while you...

Cost: 59.95

Where:
Hilton Garden Inn Tulsa- Broken Arrow
420 W Albany St.
Broken Arrow, OK  74012
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Telephone: 866-496-0535
Contact Name: The Dinner Detective
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Join us for Nimrod Write Night, the opening event of our Nimrod Conference for Readers and Writers weekend, on Friday, October 18th, at the Tulsa Historical Society, 6:30 p.m. Write Night is...

Cost: free

Where:
Tulsa Historical Society
2445 S. Peoria Ave.
Tulsa, OK  74114
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Sponsor: Nimrod Journal
Telephone: 918-631-3080
Contact Name: Cassidy McCants
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Originally from West Africa, Kizomba is a partner dance that is a sexy addition to any Latin dance party. It is the fastest Latin growing dance in the U.S. Come and learn the basics plus a few more...

Cost: 109

Where:
THE DANCE PLACE
3310 WEST 42ND PLACE
TULSA, OK  74107
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Telephone: 918-813-6514
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Flashes of vivid colors, laughter, dancers whirling around keeping pace with the energetic music, more laughter……this is what you will experience at Guthrie Green this Saturday,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Guthrie Green
111 East M.B. Brady Street
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Sponsor: SAPAF
Telephone: 918-665-6419
Contact Name: Mohan Kelkar
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Signature Symphony at TCC celebrates the work of the late Ernie Fields, a Tulsa icon who had a career as a bandleader and trombonist. Fields’ music developed at a time when R&B, swing,...

Cost: $36 - $58

Where:
VanTrease Performing Arts Center for Education
10300 E 81st St
Tulsa, OK  74133-4513
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Sponsor: Signature Symphony at TCC
Telephone: 918-595-7768
Contact Name: Tabitha Littlefield
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Tulsa in Harmony is a congregation of community choirs, lending their voices in one accord. They sing of their hopes and their faith and aspirations of a more unified community and a more unified...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gathering Place
2650 S. John Williams Way E.
Tulsa, OK  74114
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Where:
ONEOK Field
201 N Elgin Ave
Tulsa, OK
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