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Phoenix - Arizona State Fair

1826 West McDowell Road

The Arizona Exposition and State Fair (AESF) is a valuable state asset. It receives no funding from the state and yet has operated profitably and prudently for many decades.  When called upon during times of financial need, AESF has done its part. The state agency has contributed $9 million to the state's General Fund over the past decade.  In 2005, when victims of Hurricane Katrina required assistance, AESF prepared its facilities in less than 24 hours and then fed, clothed, and provided shelter to 2500 evacuees for three weeks. These examples - and there are hundreds more - illustrate AESF's commitment to not only serving Arizona but to being a good national citizen as well.

AESF's signature events include the Arizona State Fair, the Arizona National Livestock Show, the Maricopa County Fair, and the Maricopa County Home and Garden Show. Our facilities are utilized 300 days a year. The crown jewel of all this activity is, of course, the Arizona State Fair (ASF). ASF is far more than a carnival, a concert venue, or deep-fried Twinkie stand. It is a community gathering place that is as viable and vibrant today as it was during the first Fair 124 years ago! We commemorate the best Arizona has to offer by showcasing the state's past, present and future, its traditions and trends, and its youth and seniors.


Selena Vasquez

Friday, March 30, 2018
The best place to visit for events such as the state fair. Been going here since I was a toddler. Lots of games,rides and prizes with fair prices,and the lights are always colorful with barn animal attractions for the whole month long. During the month of October is when it arrives to Phoenix and its the best time of the cool weather to visit. I suggest to look up the upcoming attractions, times,and prices if you are planning to visit here for an event. Beware of parking for this day because it does get overly packed and/or the prices for the car lots. I encourage you to visit. It is defiantly worth the trip.

Michelle Prohaska

Sunday, March 18, 2018
Enjoyed a fun filled state fair experience with our granddaughter! Parking is $10 and there are many days you can get in free or at a discount so you can bring your whole family and still not break the bank! If you purchase the coupon book for a few dollars, there are coupons for food discounts and buy one get one options which can help keep your favorite fair food costs lower. Most vendors accept credit or debit cards so it's not necessary to bring a whole lot of cash. Most shows are free and the exhibits are interactive and fun for all ages. The children's petting zoo can get busy but my four year old daughter loved being inside with the baby animals and feeding them from an ice cream cone cup!

Shakeria Distance

Monday, April 23, 2018
I gave it three stars because it's a little too pricey. You pay for parking, entry and then pay for either tickets or a unlimited bracelet. Should just be parking and tickets/ bracelet but hey... What do I know. Hope it goes to a good cause for all that. Still was fun either way but won't fool me into that money guzzling train no more. Lol

Kate Wall

Thursday, April 19, 2018
We went to the fairgrounds for the Maricopa County Fair in the spring. It was a great event and much smaller than the regular State Fair. My child love being able to sit in the grandstand and watch all the monster trucks and demolition racing. The dirt from the stadium is well-controlled and sprayed down after each of the races, so there's no blowing dust. The bathrooms are many, and they are kept pretty clean.

Caitie H

Thursday, March 29, 2018
This place is massive. Probably one of the biggest fairs I've ever been to, it's insane. Tons of rides for adults and kids. If your child is under 2 years old, they won't have much they can do. The minimum height requirement on 99% of the rides is too high for an average 2 year old. Also, TON of food. Literally everything you can possibly imagine. Seafood, fried food, pizza, Chinese, Italian, just everything. Beers are pricey, bring a flask.

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