ARIZONA NEWS

Arizona State Fair announces opening date for 2022 event

Jun 24, 2022, 4:45 AM
(File Facebook Photo/Arizona State Fair)...
(File Facebook Photo/Arizona State Fair)
(File Facebook Photo/Arizona State Fair)

PHOENIX — People who love the Arizona State Fair and all it has to offer, from rides and performances to the crazy food, can now mark their calendars for the 2022 event.

The Arizona State Fair will run from Sept. 23 until Oct. 30 and be open Thursdays through Sundays.

While the fair will not operate on Wednesdays as it has done in years past, the event will begin a week earlier.

“Usually that’s the days that the crowd tends to come,” Biranda Martinez, marketing director of the fair, told KTAR News 92.3 FM on Thursday.

Martinez added the fair hopes to bring more entertainment to guests by opening a week earlier.

Among the entertainment fairgoers can look forward to are monster trucks, figure-eight racing, rodeo and a bull-riding show, which are all included with admission.

“We are ready to bring that entertainment to families,” Martinez said.

People can buy their tickets on the fair’s website, as well as pre-book parking. Martinez recommends fairgoers pre-book parking quickly as those reservations are limited.

What food items visitors may see at the fair has not been revealed as the event is still a couple of months away, but Martinez said it won’t disappoint in providing options for those looking for traditional food as well as enthusiasts who are daring enough to try the more outrageous items.

“Every year our food vendors, our chefs, are working to bring in the newest, the craziest, the yummiest,” Martinez said. “I can assure you it’s going to be … crazy, it’s going to be yummy but you can find your traditional food as well.”

Martinez added there will also be various competitions for people to showcase their talents, such as in photography or sculpture, along with community stages.

The Arizona State Fair returned last year in a big way after being limited to drive-through food only in 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Almost 1.6 million visitors passed through the Arizona State Fair gates last year, breaking the previous record of 1.3 million fairgoers that was set in 2019.

KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Daniel Pike contributed to this report. 

Lifetime Windows & Doors

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

(AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)...
KTAR.com

Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema leaves Democratic Party, registers as independent

Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema announced Friday she is registering as an independent, leaving the Democratic Party but promising her work won't change.
6 hours ago
FILE - Border Patrol agents patrol along a line of shipping containers stacked near the border on A...
Kevin Stone

Arizona border sheriff backs protesters impeding shipping container installation

A southern Arizona sheriff said protesters have been keeping crews from stacking shipping containers at the U.S.-Mexico border, and he's good with it.
6 hours ago
(AP Photo/Oliver de Ros)...
KTAR.com

Guatemalan man facing charges after allegedly assaulting Arizona border patrol agent

A Guatemalan man was arrested last week for allegedly assaulting a border patrol agent while he was illegally crossing the border.
6 hours ago
(Arizona Department of Transportation Flickr Photo)...
KTAR.com

No scheduled closures on Phoenix-area freeways for third consecutive weekend

Phoenix-area drivers won't have to worry about closures on freeways for a third straight weekend as there are no scheduled projects.
6 hours ago
(Facebook Photo/Ballet Arizona -- Twitter Photo/@ArizonaCoyotes)...
KTAR.com

Weekend guide: Here are the biggest events around metro Phoenix for Dec. 9-11

The Arizona Coyotes are back in town, more holiday festivities are underway and museums could be your next favorite winter go-to spot.
6 hours ago
(Photo by EVGENIA NOVOZHENINA / POOL / AFP) (Photo by EVGENIA NOVOZHENINA/POOL/AFP via Getty Images...
KTAR.com

Charles Barkley happy for Brittney Griner’s Russia release, feels for still-imprisoned Paul Whelan

Charles Barkley is happy fellow Valley basketball icon Brittney Griner was released from Russia in a prisoner swap, but feels for Paul Whelan.
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

(Desert Institute for Spine Care photo)...
DESERT INSTITUTE FOR SPINE CARE

Why DISC is world renowned for back and neck pain treatments

Fifty percent of Americans and 90% of people at least 50 years old have some level of degenerative disc disease.
...
Quantum Fiber

Stream 4K and more with powerful, high-speed fiber internet

Picking which streaming services to subscribe to are difficult choices, and there is no room for internet that cannot handle increased demands.
...
Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Here are 4 signs the HVAC unit needs to be replaced

Pool renovations and kitchen upgrades may seem enticing, but at the forefront of these investments arguably should be what residents use the most. In a state where summertime is sweltering, access to a functioning HVAC unit can be critical.
Arizona State Fair announces opening date for 2022 event