Arizona State Fair considering relocation to Chandler area

Mar 25, 2021, 9:35 AM
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PHOENIX – The board of the Arizona State Fair is considering other sites as options for this year’s carnival, meeting Thursday to tour Gila River’s Wild Horse Pass near Chandler.

The self-funded agency that oversees the fair scheduled a workshop at the site near Interstate 10 and Wild Horse Pass Boulevard at 11:30 a.m., followed by an open meeting at Rawhide Steak House in Chandler at 1 p.m.

Public notice posted online Wednesday said while the public is welcome, the board could vote to go into executive session, which would be behind closed doors.

Board members will tour Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park, which sits on tribal land belonging to the Gila River Indian Community.

The Arizona Exposition and State Fair has been held at McDowell Road and 19th Avenue since 1905.

As of now, Banner Health is administering COVID-19 vaccines on the grounds.

Organizers canceled the 2020 event less than two months before it was set to open because of the coronavirus pandemic.

As a partial replacement, they offered a series of drive-in concerts and a pair of weekend drive-thru food affairs. All purchased edibles had to be consumed in a vehicle or at home.

Tentative dates for the 2021 fair are Oct. 7-31.

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Arizona State Fair considering relocation to Chandler area