Five State Fairs You Shouldn’t Miss

by Country Inns & Suites
Wednesday, September 25, 2013

State Fair

Many state fairs across the country have come and gone. Farmers won blue ribbons, the little ones begged for another spin on the tilt-a-whirl, and everyone tried the fried candy bars. State fairs are an anticipated annual event that brings people together to celebrate local culture, tradition, and community. Attending one fair a year just doesn’t seem like enough, so why not explore another festival out of state? Here are five state fairs that you still have time to visit – and really shouldn’t miss!

1. Texas State Fair in Dallas | Now-October 20

The State Fair of Texas has been entertaining millions since 1886. This year, you will be amazed by a fireworks show set to music and lights, a landscaped model train exhibit that is bound to impress, and jaw-dropping pumpkin carvings. Fried foods are a staple at any state fair, but nothing quite compares to Southern-style fried treats, like deep-fried shrimp and grits or creole boulette. A word to the wise: leave yourself at least a few days to thoroughly enjoy and appreciate all the food, rides, concerts, and other events!

Balance your diet with our complimentary hot breakfast when you stay at one of our Dallas hotels – then you can feast on fair foods later!

2. South Carolina State Fair in Columbia | October 9-20

You can “Find Your Happy” at the South Carolina State Fair when you walk next to hilarious celebrity impersonators, acrobatic street performers, and a 9-foot-tall cartoon boy. However, the sand-sculpting attraction is one of the most impressive sights. You can watch as artisans mold 75 tons of sand into masterpieces.

It’s no secret that fair food is a major draw for folks, and this fair won’t disappoint. You’ll find traditional favorites, like elephant ears and BBQ, but be sure to leave room for the new Chocolate Chip Corn Dog! End your fun-filled days with a good night’s sleep at one of our five convenient hotels in the Columbia area.

3. Arizona State Fair in Phoenix | October 11-November 3

In 1884, a group of citizens decided to come together to show their best livestock and agriculture while sharing laughs and memories. The Arizona State Fair has grown tremendously since then, adding family-friendly attractions like Ice Age animatronics, Native Spirit Dancers, and enough rides and food to keep you busy for days. The true gem of this event has to be the concert lineup. Plan a trip to one of our hotels in the Phoenix area and get ready to rock at this state fair.

4. North Carolina State Fair in Raleigh | October 17-27

Where can you cheer on racing pigs, acrobatic performers, and America’s Funniest Cowgirl at one venue? Nearly a million people know that you should head to the North Carolina State Fair for shocking shows and family-friendly attractions. This festival also prides itself on its agricultural and livestock exhibits. Take the kids over to the Field of Dreams exhibit, where they will learn about crops and have an opportunity to “sell” their harvest at the Field of Dreams Farmers Market.

Food vendors line the walkways with every kind of menu option. You can grab yourself a gigantic turkey leg, donut sandwich, or fried candy bar. Just leave room for a freshly baked cookie when you return to your room at the Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Raleigh-Durham Airport!

5. Georgia State Fair in Atlanta | October 25-November 3

Animal lovers will adore the Georgia State Fair. In addition to a petting zoo, there will also be grizzly bear, sea lion, monkey, and dog shows this year. However, animals aren’t the only ones showing their talents. Check out the Family Magic Show or take a chance at being a contestant on a hilarious game show.

Countless food vendors will be in attendance with hot funnel cakes, fluffy cotton candy, and sweet candy apples. Conveniently attend this state fair for days when you stay at any of our Atlanta hotels.

Your hometown fair will always have a special place in your heart, but visiting an out-of-state fair can be an ideal fall vacation. You can enjoy great fair traditions, but with different style and flair. Expand your state fair experience and plan your next trip today!

What is your favorite fair food or attraction?