BRIEF: Arizona’s State Fair: A 113-Year-Old Tradition

News Release

October 16, 2018

PHOENIX — Over a century ago, the Arizona Exposition and State Fair was established to provide a gathering place for the Arizona community. Since 1905 seven years before Arizona statehood the fair has brought together Arizonans in a tradition of fun, food and world-class entertainment.

The State Fair hosts approximately 1.2 million visitors each year from all across Arizona over the course of its eighteen-day run making it the largest public event held annually in our state.

The Fair is a state treasure that promotes livestock and agriculture, engages in public-private partnerships and has a significant impact on the Arizona economy. Each year, the Exposition and State Fair:  

  • Has an overall annual economic output of $92.7 million;
  • Supports over 700 jobs and $24.5 million in wages each year;
  • Partners with more than 80 private entities to generate over $20 million in revenue;
  • Helps raise nearly $2 million in scholarships for Arizona youth.

The Arizona State Fair opened its doors for this year on October 5th and will remain open until October 28th. Hours, tickets and event information are available HERE.

For more on the history of the Arizona State Fair, visit HERE.

SOURCE: Arizona Exposition and State Fair

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