What to Do: Most of my favorite things at the fair are free. I love to oggle the veggie displays, coo at the baby pigs, and marvel at the hobby hall. I also love to swing through the vendor displays and score free pens and litter bags! Hey-I’m all about the cheap thrill!
If you’ve got kids, you may want to try to meet up with the Backyardigans today. Be sure to look at the new traveling farm while you’re over by Sillyville.
You can get the complete list of free fun here. Read on for some more tips.
Admission:If you have school age kids, they should have received a free ticket from their teachers. If they don’t have one, they can get in free today with the special coupon from the fair website! Kids under 5 are never charged.
You may still be able to get two dollars off general admission by purchasing your ticket in advance from select retailers such as Safeway (your closest option) and Colombia Bank. I don’t know when this offer ends, so you may want to call first.
My best advice is to eat before you go. Buy some frozen corn dogs at Costco and, “Voila!” Yes, it’s disgusting, but if you’re going to be disgusting, be cheap and disgusting. If you’re really determined to eat your way through the fair, there are supposed to be some discount coupons in the fair backpacks, which are available for ten dollars.
Rides: There really aren’t any ride deals to speak of on the weekends.
Parking: You can park for free and ride a special fair bus for 1.75 each way (the kids ride free). Here’s the list of parking sites as well as the schedule.
If you can’t get your gang on board with this idea, I think your best bet is to park at one of the area schools or churches. They usually give you in/out privileges, and at least you’re giving your cash to a good cause.
I’d love to hear what your favorite fair moments were this year!