Tulsa State Fair, held at Expo Square, is more than equipped with stages, rides, exhibits and concessions for the anticipated 1 million people next week. The fair boasts dozens of activities and concerts, and it can be overwhelming to select a day or two to experience the enormous event. Between classes, homework, hall meetings and prayer movements—ain’t nobody got time to research the best day to go. Luckily for you, here is a guide to help divide events into easily-managed classifications so you don’t have to.
The best fair day for… the country classmate
Saturday night offers some lively events. The Oklahoma State Sugar Art Show opens at 10 a.m., with a display of extravagant cakes and confections. At 11 a.m., the Oklahoma State Picking and Fiddling Championships begin, where people of all ages compete in toe-tapping renditions of beloved tunes. In between shows, cool off on White Water, a log flume ride; or see the fairgrounds from the Star Dancer Observance Tower. FuZed, a seven-piece cover band whose repertoire spans the 70s to current Top 40, will be opening up the dance floor at 9 p.m. During the day, stop by the Chubbs n’Spuds concession stand for a deep fried variety and baked potatoes smothered with an array of sauces.
For the biology major stuck on GC 1:
After church on Sunday, Oct. 4, visit the Birthing Center where visitors could witness a live birth, or get a peek at tiny new animals. Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo presents “Nature’s Ninjas” at 1 p.m. At 2 p.m. see the Great Cat Experience, and discover more about man’s best friend at the All Star Stunt Dog Challenge at 4 p.m. Before observing a real-time operation in the Surgical Suite at 6:30 p.m.,
whirl around on the Quasar and the Zero Gravity rides. The Northeastern Beekeepers Association will exhibit all day and Tulsa natives Alaska Holloway and Madi Metcalf of “The Voice” perform at 8 p.m. Bierocks Concessions will feed guests with traditional German bierocks, cabbage rolls and bratwurst.
For the musical thespian:
On Monday, Oct. 5 after class, enjoy a comedy pirate show with the Swashchucklers at 4 p.m. Rock and simultaneously roll on the Rock Star, or wander through a fun house like Mardis Gras or the Cuckoo Haus. At 7 p.m., Tulsa’s own FM Pilots perform indie rock and alternative pop music from their recently released EP, “Want Me.” For King and Country, a Christian duo known for “Shoulders” and “Fix My Eyes,” follows at 8 p.m. For dinner, try Pierre’s Trandafir Concession where gyros, frog legs and deep fried ice cream can be found.
For the bearded fellow:
After classes on Tuesday, Oct. 6, hit up Expo Square for a masculine craft exhibit by the Northeastern Oklahoma Woodturners at 5 p.m., featuring intricately carved wooden sculptures. The Chipper Experience at 6 p.m. will have bearded chins filled with wonder and laughter. Catch Andy Grammer, singer of “Honey, I’m Good” at 8 p.m. Test your courage on the MegaDrop. For dinner, satisfy any bacon cravings at Backstreet BBQ Burgers’ Everything Bacon. Choose from Bacon MacCheese Fries or Chocolate Bacon Poppers.
For the hipster roommate:
Saturday, Oct. 10 starts with a farmer’s market at 10 a.m. Peruse fresh fruits and vegetables to stock up the microfridge before catching the dangerously artistic Chainsaw Carving demonstration at 11 a.m. Before the Great Cat Experience, take a wild ride on the Crazy Cat Coaster or the Comet II. Be the first to hear Tom Basler’s Dueling Piano concert at 7 p.m. While there, taste Cajuns Limited Concessions for various items like shrimp etoufee and gator on a stick.