Time for the Oklahoma State Fair!

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The Oklahoma State Fair hit Oklahoma with new foods and entertainment this week.
The 2016 fair, hosted at the State Fair Park, 3001 General Pershing Blvd., began Thursday and will run through Sept. 25.

The Food
The fair is known for its food creations and abundance of food vendors. The fair added 20 new food items to the line-up this year.
The new food items include:
-Antipasto Salad and Baked Ziti from Big Daddy’s Italian Eatery,
-Asian Bulgogi Crepe, a crepe topped with beef ribeye cooked in a pancake; Chocolate-Covered Bacon Walking Taco, and Chocolate-Covered Peanut Butter Chip from CocoFlow Chocolate Cafe,
-Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus with brown sugar and chili pepper from The Bacon Habit,
-Butterfinger Caramel Apple On-A-Stick from Rodney & Lisa’s Fancy Apples,
-Cannoli and Éclair from the Gingerbread House,
-Carolina BBQ Pulled-Pork Sandwich; Deep Fried Veggies including asparagus, broccoli and cauliflower; Jumbo BBQ Turkey Wings, and Deep Fried Fruit Kabob including strawberries, pineapples, bananas and melon from Porky’s,
-Curious George S’more, a graham cracker and marshmallow topped with almond butter, bananas and almond chocolate; Elvis S’more with bacon, peanut butter and milk chocolate; Raz-ma-taz S’more with fresh raspberries and dark raspberry chocolate; Salted Caramel Apple S’more with fresh apples, caramel drizzle, sea salt and caramel chocolate; Strawberry & Banana S’more with Nutella, all from Snow S’more,
-Funnel Cake Fries from The Urb Express,
-Nashville Hot Fried Chicken, Oklahoma Sweet Tea Glazed Fried Chicken, and Sweet Garlic Chili Fried Chicken from Chef Rays Street Eats,
-Oreo Cinnamon Roll and Pineapple Upside Down Cake Cinnamon Roll from The Sweet Shop, and,
-WonderStick’s J-Shaped ice cream cone.
The fair also hosted their seventh annual Great Taste of a Fair contest. The categories included: -Sweetest of the Sweet, in which Gringo’s Mexican Funnel Cake won first place, Silver Dollar Concessions’ Cinnamon Roll won second, and Chef Ray Street Eat’s Deep-Fried Banana Pudding won third.
-Slice of Savory, in which Ragin’ Cajun’s Chicken On-A-Stick won first, Diamond Dawgs’ The Wonderboy won second, and Rodney & Lisa Pizza Stand’s Chicken Alfredo Pizza won third.
– New to the Scene, in which La Gumbo Ya Ya’s Red Beans & Rice won first place, CocoFlow Chocolate Café’s Asian Bulgogi Crepe won second, and The Sundae Factory’s Pineapple Whip Twist won third.
Each of the first place winners also competed for the “FAIRest of All” title, which Red Beans & Rice from La Gumbo Ya Ya won.
The Fun
Although people tend to talk a lot about the fair food, the fun and entertainment is a central focus of the fair. Whether it’s crafts, carnival rides, games, concerts, horse and cattle shows, shopping with local vendors, or Disney On Ice, there is fun for all ages.
The fair is offering its normal carnival rides, as well as the annual Oklahoma Frontier Experience for attendees to take a step into the “Wild West.” The Adventure Road Entertainment Stage also offers free performances to Fairgoers every day.
Disney On Ice is presenting World of Enchantments to show “Disney’s most magical stories” live, according to the press release.
This year’s entertainment also includes concerts from Montgomery Gentry and Eli Band during the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Xtreme Bulls Tour on Sept. 23 and 24. Montgomery Gentry will play Sept. 23, while Eli Band will perform Sept. 24.
Visit www.okstatefair.com for a full schedule of events.
The gates open at 8 a.m. daily, but the buildings are open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and until 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturday. Outside vendors are open at the same time as the buildings, but stay open 30 minutes later each night. The carnival rides open at 11 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, noon on Mondays, and 1 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays.
Gate admission is $1 for adults ages 12 and older, $5 for children ages six to 11, and free for children five and younger. Season passes, as well as carnival wristbands are $30.
Monday is School Kids’ Day so admission is free for all students through grade 12, Tuesday is Super Saver Tuesday and Military Forces Day, so gate admission is $3 or free with a military ID and Wednesday is free for senior citizens ages 55 and older with a valid ID.
Visit www.okstatefair.com for more information.

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