LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Throw those diets out the window and start practicing your underarm toss, the Arkansas State Fair is in town!
The fair starts today, Oct. 12th and continues through Sunday, Oct. 21st. . For those ten days, patrons can enjoy a variety of free concerts, unique food, livestock competitions, various creative arts contests, interesting attractions, professional bull riding and much more.
"We have special promotions and discounts every single day," said Ralph Shoptaw, general manager of the fair. "For the fourth year in a row our guests can enjoy great fair food and save money on parking and admission with Lunch at the Fair. Monday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., we're offering free parking and free gate admission for anyone who would like to come out to the fairgrounds for lunch."
Photos: A full list of fair food available at this year's Arkansas State Fair
Video: THV's Tom Brannon previews all the fair has to offer, from new rides to Mickey the Baboon
Video: A montage of rides at the Arkansas State Fair!
The fair opens each day at 11:00 a.m. Advance Purchase Ride Passes will be available at 34 participating Walgreens stores in Arkansas and redeemable for a one-day unlimited ride armband at the State Fair. The special $20 pass can be redeemed at midway ticket booths any day of the Fair, except Dollar Day on Monday, October 15, and will save patrons three dollars.
Patrons can also purchase advance gate admission for just $6.99 and a Family Value Pack for $42.95. The value pack includes four Fair admission tickets (good for any age), one parking pass, 24 ride coupons and $10 in food coupons. Family Value Packs may be purchased at the Fairgrounds Ticket Office, on-line at www.ArkansasStateFair.com, by phone at (501) 372-8341 or at participating Walgreens locations. Food coupons are redeemable at any Food Court vendor and in Barton Coliseum. (Coupons not accepted at carnival food vendors.)
Daily admission is $8 for adults, $4 for children (ages 6 to 12) and senior adults (ages 60 and over) and free to children under six. Fairgrounds parking is $5 per vehicle.