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Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Utah State Fair Will Run Sept 8-18

Utah stages an old fashion style state fair, with animal exhibits, home crafts, a rodeo and plenty of entertainment. This year the fair will take place Sept 8-18, at the State Fairpark, North Temple and 1000 West, in downtown Salt Lake City.

See the fair's website for a complete list of entertainers and activities. Grandstand entertainment this year includes:
  • WILSON PHILLIPS
  • FICTIONIST
  • DAVID CROWDER BAND
  • SALT LAKE MEN'S CHOIR
  • WEIRD AL YANKOVIC
  • XTREME MUZIK THE TOUR starring BIG & RICH and GRETCHEN WILSON with special guest COWBOY TROY
  • KC and THE SUNSHINE BAND
  • TEXACO COUNTRY SHOWDOWN STATE FINAL
  • THE MIDTOWN MEN
  • FIESTA MEXICANA
  • FREE SHOW TICKETS
The Salt Lake Tribune has this article about the fair. Below are excerpts.

The fair is a place where someone might dare you to eat chocolate-covered crickets and scorpions, a maggot melt sandwich, hamburgers where doughnuts serve as buns or deep-fried butter, all items that will be available this year. It might be a chance to see a performer such as Weird Al Yankovic put on a 2 1/2-hour concert with 11 costume changes. It could be a place to watch an outdoor rodeo, a demolition derby, a hypnotist, a seal show or a cow sculpted from butter.

This is where you go to see if your favorite aunt win first prize for a giant pumpkin, to view artwork and photos produced from around the state, to let your grandchildren ride a pony, view the wildlife displays at the Fish and Game Building, eat cotton candy and to experience the smells produced by farm animals such as goats, sheep, pigs and cows. It’s where a boy tries to win a stuffed animal for his date and where friends dare each other to go on the biggest thrill ride in the carnival.

It might be a place to people watch or to wander through aisles of commercial exhibits where you can purchase a set of knives, some pots and pans, the world’s best peeler, a salsa maker, potions with amazing healing powers, a funeral or toys found nowhere else.

That’s just one slice of Americana involved in the Utah State Fair, an event that has seen a little bit of everything in its 156 years.

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