Four Must-See State Fairs
As the leaves begin changing colors and the weather starts cooling down (in some parts of the country), the smell of fried food in the air signals that it’s State Fair time once again! Take a look at a few we can’t wait to visit this year.
1.The Big E Fair, Springfield, Mass.
While technically it’s a regional fair celebrating all of New England and not only one state like the rest on our list, we had to include a stop in Springfield! At The Big E, you’ll get a chance to enjoy the best of Maine’s lobster and baked potatoes, Cape Cod’s cranberries, real Vermont maple syrup, and Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream all in one place.
While the food alone may be enough to get you out to the annual event, The Big E is home to the Eastern States Exposition Horse Show, a daily Mardi Gras parade and much more.
The fair runs through Sept. 28.
2.The Arizona State Fair, Phoenix
Every year, Phoenix plays host to numerous games, fried foods and traditional fair attractions, as well as many well-known recording artists. With an eclectic group of performers scheduled for this year’s line up including Darius Rucker, Justin Moore, Wiz Khalifa, Colbie Caillat and The Barenaked Ladies, there’s something for everyone who stops by.
An added bonus for anyone looking to find a bit of summer weather this fall: average October temperatures peak in the 80s with low temperatures in the 60s in Phoenix.
The fair runs from Oct. 10 through Nov. 2.
3.South Carolina State Fair, Columbia
For 145 years, the citizens of South Carolina have been celebrating the material, educational, agricultural and industrial interests of the state at the annual fair in Columbia. Over 12 days, guests can take in a variety of performing acts including comedians, bands, dancers, local entertainers and midway games and rides!
Racing fans won’t want to miss out on NASCAR Night with some of the sport’s biggest stars. Music lovers can also get tickets to see Lee Brice, Jennifer Nettles, MC Hammer and many more at the Pepsi Grandstand.
This year, the fair is sowing “seeds of hope“ with their partnership with the Palmetto Health, Lexington Medical Center & Providence Hospital to spread awareness about early detection of breast cancer. The fair is “going pink” to celebrate survivors and share resources with South Carolinians to detect the disease early.
The fair is open from Oct. 8 through the 19.
4.The State Fair of Texas, Dallas
Admittedly, this is the fair we”re most excited about visiting this year because Big Tex is playing host to our Centennial Tour! The 1914 Hupmobile, a 1937 Yellow Coach, 1947 Silversides, 1948 ACF Brill I-41, 1954 Scenicruiser, 1968 Scenicruiser, the 1984 Americruiser 2, a new Greyhound bus and the museum coach will be on display in Chevy Park Plaza. Our 1931 Mack can be seen nightly in the State Fair’s Starlight Parade, of which Greyhound is the presenting sponsor. The exhibit will also have a Wi-Fi lounge, where guests can connect to the Internet and charge their devices, or take a break from walking around, and sit on plush seating.
Other than our exhibit, the State Fair of Texas helps prove that everything is bigger in the Lone Star State. Upon entering, you’ll be greeted by Big Tex, the 52-foot tall talking cowboy. This fair is home to the tallest ferris wheel in North America, dozens of rides, thousands of livestock and creative arts entries, more than 200 food service locations with more deep-fried items than you can count, and the largest new car show in the Southwest.
The State Fair of Texas runs from Sept. 26 through Oct. 19.