Those who love eating fried foods on a stick, walking the midway and enjoying all sorts of carnival rides can get their fixes in Oklahoma’s two biggest cities.

At Oklahoma City’s State Fair Park, the Oklahoma State Fair runs Sept. 12-22.

“We’re excited to debut awesome new shows, contests and demonstrations,” State Fair Park’s Holly Bottrell says. “Fair-goers will love going back in time when they step into our Renaissance Village, featuring royalty, jesters [and] dancers.”

Also new is the first Oklahoma State Fair Film Festival, a joint effort with the group behind the deadCenter Film Festival in OKC, Bottrell says. The winning films play in the OK Contemporary Arts Theater on Sept. 14.

Other attractions this year are the Xtreme Chinese Acrobats, Kids Celebration, young trick horseman Charro Gabriel Hernandez, live music with Flyin’ Fiddler Wayne Cantwell, and an exhibition on American pottery techniques from the 1800s.

This year’s Tulsa State Fair, Sept. 26-Oct. 6, emphasizes “live music daily, from country to rock; the stages are sure to keep the beat going and your boots tapping all evening,” says Amanda Blair, CEO for Expo Square and the fair.

Concerts on the Oklahoma Stage include Lanco, Ginuwine, Chris Janson and Whiskey Myers.

Family fun abounds, too.

“This year’s Disney on Ice performance feature Mickey’s Search Party, and will entertain kids and kids at heart,” Blair says. “Don’t miss your favorite Disney characters the first weekend of the fair in the historic [Expo Square] Pavilion.”

She says the second weekend features Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association-sanctioned contests in the pavilion.

Blair adds that the fair has “new foods, new rides, new entertainment and an overall 11 days of awesome.”

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