This year’s Arizona State Fair is an early Centennial celebration with gripping rides, thrilling spectacles and almost any kind of food you can imagine to eat on a stick.
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An oldie but goody: the giant slide is a popular State Fair attraction.
All the favorite traditions are on hand, along with some all-new marvels and activities. Fairgoers will be treated to Arizona-themed events, including Passport to Culture and Celebrate the Arizona Experience. Part of Arizona’s Fair-time Birthday Bash, these events will take place in the Arizona Lottery Backyard on Saturday, Oct. 22 and Sunday, Oct. 23. The two-day celebration of 100 years of Arizona’s heritage and history will include VIP appearances, historical and educational exhibits and entertainment.
The 2011 annual Arizona State Fair, running from through Nov. 6 (closed on Mondays and Tuesdays), hosts a variety of fun-filled attractions, activities and rides for all ages at its traditional location at 19th Avenue and McDowell Road in Phoenix.
The ferris wheel is the fair's iconic image.
This year’s list of new attractions includes:
OUR BODY: The Universe Within exhibit, presented by Maryvale Hospital and Phoenix Baptist Hospital, educationally and artfully displays approximately 200 organs, human bodies and other anatomical specimens. Open daily, admission is $5 and children 5 and under are free when accompanied by a paid adult. (Does not include Fair admission.) The exhibit does contain actual human bodies, with eyes and genitals intact, as well as a section about the urinary and reproductive system, with specimens pertaining to those areas. The exhibit is recommended for children 12 and older and parental discretion is advised.
Butterfly Adventure – Surround yourself with hundreds of colorful free-flying butterflies that create a magical experience for children and adults of all ages. This exhibit will be open daily during the fair, and a professional butterfly wrangler will be on hand to educate visitors about the butterflies.
The Big Aerial Show features juggling, hand balancing and trapeze, with a jaw-dropping performance atop an 80-foot-high sway pole.
Slack-wire Sam’s one man acrobatic comedy show is family friendly entertainment at its best. Unicycling, juggling, and hand balancing are all done on a slack-wire while providing clever commentary that entertains audiences of all ages.
Valentine’s Performing Pigs showcases Nellie, “The World’s Smartest Pig,” and her friends performing amazing and athletic feats three times daily at the Fair. The swiners will dance, jump in the air, play catch with the audience, run up teeter totters, slam dunk basketballs, pop balloons, roll barrels and madly roar across the stage on scooters and skateboards! After all of their performance, guests will have the ability to meet all of the performing pigs.
Sean Michael Mireau and the “Volcano Island Band” will perform lively calypso/island/luau/reggae/steel drum music live daily at the Fair. Some of their most requested songs include “Margaritaville,” “One Love,” “Red Red Wine,” “Brown Eye’d Girl,” “Kokomo,” “Stir it Up” and “Hot Hot Hot.”
Catherine Hickland THE HYPNOTIST will give you tears-rolling-down-your-cheeks laughter as you watch your friends and family do things you never imagined possible. Hilarious Hypnotist Catherine Hickland is also known for her roles in “One Life to Live” and “Knight Rider.” Hickland will also display an actual “KITT” car from the show.
XBOX 360 Kinect Experience – In this mobile demo tour experience at the Fair from Oct. 14 – Oct. 16, you can jump in and play Kinect for Xbox 360®, the revolutionary way to play games and connect with friends using your whole body. It’s hands-free, controller-free, carefree fun! Jump right into the action to play great new Kinect games and get exclusive offers on Kinect.
Break Shop is a high-energy presentation of head-spinning acrobatics and all-out break-dancing performed up close and at eye level. In step with a family-friendly tempo, a team of five break-dancers present a variety of acrobatics, dance and costuming that aim to inspire and entertain audience of all ages.
Procrastinators – These outrageous drummers turn five-gallon water bottles, barstools and pots & pans into legitimate musical instruments while jumping, sliding, twisting and stomping their way through fast and furious rhythmic fun.
Thrill The World – Thriller Dance – Fairgoers can watch as zombies attempt a world record for the Largest Simultaneous Worldwide Dance to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” at 7pm Saturday. Oct. 29 on the North Box Office Plaza. Brought to you by the Phoenix Valley Thrill The World group and MOViN 97.5.
Watch "zombies" try to recreate Michael Jackson's "Thriller."
With the exception of OUR BODY: The Universe Within, all attractions described above are free with Fair admission. Visit azstatefair.com for more information and a complete schedule of all Fair attractions and activities.
All photos courtesy of the Arizona State Fair