With the 2012 Tulsa State Fair already in full swing, the smells of Corn Dogs and Deep Fried Onion Blossoms fill the air and leave dents in your wallet. Like previous years the Tulsa State Fair has a variety of foods and goods for purchase and plenty of rides to ride. So much variety can leave a person dreaming of dollar signs. So how does one get the full fair experience without taking out a loan? Planning your day is the key to a fun and cheap(er) visits to the Fair.
Start you day by saving gas money. In previous years The Tulsa State Fair has run the FTS (Fair Transit System) but this year it is easier to use with extended hours and days on the Transit System. Rides are free and it saves an average of 4 miles of gas, the headache of finding a free parking space, and the $10 for paid parking when there are no free parking spaces to be found.
The FTS runs every day of the fair, Monday-Thursday: 6pm-11pm, Friday: 6pm – Midnight and Saturday &Sunday 12 pm-Midnight.
Locations for FTS service are, Tulsa Public Schools Service Center, 3027 S New Haven Ave, Tulsa, OK, Nathan Hale High School, 6960 E 21st St, Tulsa, OK 74129 and Tulsa Promenade Mall, 4107 S Yale Ave, Tulsa, OK 74135
Admission to the fair ranges from $10-$6 children under Age 5 are free. For people who plan on going more than once and riding rides The Mega ride pass can be a good option at $70 it is good for admission all 11 days of the fair and also includes unlimited rides. Area businesses are also passing out coupons for $5 off ride wristbands, making them $25 which includes unlimited rides and gate admission for the day it is purchased. For $5 off coupons Visit Mazzio’s Mon Oct 1st, Arby’s Wed Oct 3rd, Mattress Firm Sun Oct 7th. Tuesday Oct 2nd is also 2 for Tuesday which is two for the price of one on full priced Gate Admission and Midway Rides.
Once in the fair head over to Harden’s hamburger stand located on the northwest side of the fairgrounds, across from the Pavilion. There you can buy a large souvenir travel cup for $9, which includes unlimited free refills for every day of the 2012 fair. This is the best value to be found on drinks anywhere on the fairgrounds. Food is a different story, there are no frequent buyers programs or dollar menus and next to midway games and rides, food can be a big expense. The best ideas for eating cheap at the State Fair are ones of the Common Sense varieties. Eating something before hand can cut down on the amount of food bought. Making a meal plan and sticking with it is another option. Attending the fair more than one day can allow the opportunity to try something each night of the fair, which in turn spreads the cost out.
When it comes to entertainment, The Tulsa State fair has everything needed for a good time. Any day and time of the fair free shows can be found in the form of music, acts and competitions. Some of the best live bands can be found on the Oklahoma Stage every night of the fair at 8pm. The variety of musical entertainment is endless and the names are large This years’ performers include Hot Chelle Rae, Keith Sweat and the Eli Young Band, just to name a few. Admission to these shows is free with the purchase of a General Admission ticket. But hurry, because the 2012 Tulsa State Fair ends October 7th.