Inside Arizona: In these days of economic difficulties and stress, everyone is looking for some light relief. But fun isn't always affordable, and retail therapy can break the budget. My family's solution is at hand - it's the Pima County Fair to the rescue! Located in southeast Tucson, The Pima County Fairgrounds is off of Houghton Road, south of Interstate 10 on exit No. 275 and within two hours of the East Valley.
In these days of economic difficulties and stress, everyone is looking for some light relief. But fun isn't always affordable, and retail therapy can break the budget. My family's solution is at hand - it's the Pima County Fair to the rescue! Located in southeast Tucson, The Pima County Fairgrounds is off of Houghton Road, south of Interstate 10 on exit No. 275 and within two hours of the East Valley.
With no increases in prices for anything and lots of discount days, this extravaganza of fun is affordable for everyone's budget. Not to mention that for one low admission price, dozens of entertaining acts, exhibits, concert performances and more can all be yours.
Monday is family discount day with $2 admission and $2 parking. On Tuesday there are $1 carnival rides starting at 3 p.m., and Wednesday is Wendy's discount coupon day. Regular prices are $7 for adults, $2 for kids 6-10, $5 for parking. So whatever your budget, there's a day to make it easy for you to come enjoy the Pima County Fair.
Guess Who's Coming
Some of the most popular concert acts ever to grace the stage at the Pima County Fair. Let's start with the Nickelodeon stars Nat and Alex Wolff of The Naked Brothers Band Movie Friday. Nat, 14, and Alex, 11, are hugely popular actors and musicians with the younger set. Forming their band in preschool, the boys have been singing and writing songs for years.
Another eagerly anticipated concert is Bret Michaels' performance on Saturday. Lead singer/songwriter for the rock band Poison, Michaels has sold 25 million records and achieved 15 Top 40 Hits. Television credits include being a judge on "Nashville Star," while his own show, "Rock of Love with Bret Michaels," has been the highest-rated series on VH1.
An Arizona favorite, Roger Clyne and The Peacemakers, perform on April 26. This rock 'n' roll band of four has a huge local following and is the only independent band to debut in the top 10 on Billboard's internet sales chart for six consecutive albums.
New this year is "Break! The Urban Funk Spectacular." Fresh and cutting edge, the show traces the history of Hip Hop Dancing and forms a tribute to this American urban art form. Cast members are supremely talented artists from the world of break dancing,locking,popping, power tumbling, and bucket drumming.
New in the carnival offerings is the Sky Flier - the tallest portable swing ride in North America. The swing lifts riders 115 feet into the air.
New for the fair in the animal realm are the Bengal Tigers of India. In the wild, the tigers are on the brink of extinction due to habitat loss and poaching. Dr. Josip Marcan, one of the foremost experts on tigers in the world, has created an 80-acre natural habitat preserve dedicated to their preservation. One component of this project is the show "Tigers of India," which gives people an up close and personal vantage point to learn about these magnificent creatures. Come meet the Bengal Tigers.
New from day to day is the giant sand sculpture that will be built during the course of the fair.
The Heart of the Fair
In the midst of all the new and wonderful remains the heart of the fair, all the food and booths, school exhibits, baking contests, freak shows, livestock auctions, carnival rides and other familiar and nostalgic components of a county fair that we have come to know and love.
Back by popular demand are the racing pigs, the demolition derby, Tammy Harris - hypnotist extraordinaire, the Budweiser Clydesdales, and the elephant rides. Let the kids get sticky with cotton candy, try to win the stuffed toys on the midway, visit the 4-H barn, and check out the latest things offered by the commercial vendors.
Whether new or tried and true, the acts, exhibits and concerts at the Pima County Fair add up to one thing - big fun at big savings. Call (520) 762-3247 or check out the Web site at www.pimacountyfair.com.