The very first Arizona Territorial Fair was held in 1884, and the fair has been located on the current site since 1905—that’s over 130 years of fun, without showing any signs of slowing down. Over those years, the fairgrounds’ Coliseum has hosted performers including Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix, and Nirvana, and speakers including Barack Obama and Pope John Paul II—and treated millions of families to good old fashioned summer entertainment. But a visit to the fair doesn’t only mean participating in the historical significance of this local installation, but it also means participating in the current Arizona culture—20% of the entire state population attends the fair, which means it draws people from every geographic, ethnic, and age demographic. It’s a rite of passage—and statewide tradition — in Arizona, and one you won’t want to miss out on.
Demographic information for the 2016 Arizona State Fair can be found at azstatefair.info