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Three Huge State Fairs Happening Over Labor Day Weekend

August 25, 2011 at 10:40 AM | by | ()

State Fair season is now upon us, and that means that fried everything is probably only a short ride away from where you call home. Some states have already done their thing while others are still busy planning events for later this year, but there are several states getting ready to go for Labor Day Weekend. If you’re looking to overindulge on rides, foods, and fun here’s a couple spots to do it during the holiday weekend:

· Minnesota State Fair:
The Land of 10,000 Lakes has been holding state fairs since 1859, so it’s pretty clear that Minnesota is good at doing the fair thing. This year’s events start today and run through September 5 in Saint Paul. Tickets to the festivities are usually $12 for adults and $10 for the little ones, but there are a few days where you might be able to save a few bucks on admission.

Interactive guides in the form of the Food Finder and Fun Finder are available to help you plan your visit, so if you’re looking for that special food vendor—there’s over 300—or something fun to do they’ve got you covered. Of course there’s even iPhone and Android apps as well, so you can take your map to go when you hit the fairgrounds. There’s plenty of free entertainment too, but if you want to upgrade to a Grandstand show we’re recommending Weezer on September 3—$35—or Train and Maroon 5 on September 5—$37.

· The Great New York State Fair:
The Empire State’s biggest fair of the year is a little far for those residing in the New York City area, but we’re sure there’s a bus or two that can easily get you up to Syracuse to join in on all the state fair festivities. According to organizers the fair has always showcased the products and produce of the state, so expect plenty of agriculture to round out your fair experience. Things run today through Labor Day in Syracuse, and tickets will set you back $10—but the little ones under 10 are free every day.

Livestock and other critters are on display each day of the fair, and there are even 4-H dog shows for those who prefer pets to poultry. There’s obviously plenty of concessions and other exhibits to check out, and it’s all there to make you feel warm and fuzzy about how great New York is. They’ve got live entertainment too hitting the State Fair Grandstand, but it’s going to cost you a little bit extra in addition to your admission. Check the full schedule here, but highlights include Ne-Yo and Cee Lo Green, Lady Antebellum, Three Doors Down, and Selena Gomez.

· Oregon State Fair:
Only one day left until the gates open up to the Oregon State Fair, and then it’s all food, fun, and families through September 5. It all takes place this year in Salem, Oregon, and getting in on all the action will cost you $7 for the big kids and $3 for the little kids, but hardcore fair fanatics can get a pass for the whole darn fair for just $50.

Expect awesome food—Oregon has quite the reputation—as well as plenty of exhibits and attractions showing off all the goodies available from the Beaver State. In total there’s about 75 different vendors cooking up fried delicacies, and there’s also a few spots for the adults to walk around with a glass of Oregon’s finest wines or brews. There’s plenty of traditional fair favorites when it comes to rides, but we kind of want to take a spin in the Bi-Mart Advantage Ride Monster Truck. Free entertainment rounds out the fun, but Cheap Trick, The Band Perry, and The Judds will all be in attendance too for some extra cash.

[Photo: Minnesota State Fair and Joe Shlabotnik]

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that's highlights include Ne-Yo and Cee Lo Green, Lady Antebellum, Three Doors Down, and Selena Gomez.