The Edmond Sun
OKLA. CITY —
Area residents will soon converge at the 2013 Oklahoma State Fair, and the weekend forecast for Edmond includes temperatures in the 80s.
At 5 p.m. Thursday in the 14 Flags Plaza, after a full day of activities, the opening ceremonies begin, kicking off the annual festival of fun. At 7:30 p.m., Disney on Ice presents Rockin’ Ever After at the Jim Norick Arena. Also at 7:30 p.m., country singer Randy Houser performs at the Chickasaw Entertainment Stage where all events are free with gate admission.
On Friday the 13th, after last weekend’s blistering heat, the high will be an anything-but-unlucky 88 degrees, according to the National Weather Service forecast for the Edmond area.
The forecast includes a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms mainly before 8 a.m., followed by partly sunny skies, and a 20 percent chance Friday night.
Saturday we’ll have mostly sunny skies with a high near 87, followed by mostly sunny skies with a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms and a high near 88 on Sunday. There will be partly sunny skies with a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms and a high near 86 on Monday.
Regarding new things at the fair, organizers have received a grant from Keep America Beautiful and The Coca-Cola Foundation that will provide for 25 recycling bins, said Tim O’Toole, State Fair president and CEO. They will be placed in the Jim Norick Arena to collect plastic and aluminum bottles.
“This grant will allow our staff to organize our efforts,” he said. “We appreciate Keep America Beautiful and The Coca-Cola Foundation helping us accomplish this goal.”
Each year, the tremendous number of fair-goers generate a significant volume of trash, and organizers want to do what they can to help recycle the waste materials, O’Toole said.
Other bins in other buildings also collect plastic and aluminum. Cardboard will also be collected.
if you’re not counting calories, other new things at the fair include tasty food. Items include:
• Bacon Bloody Mary by Roadhouse Concessions;
• Bacon explosion sandwich by Porky’s;
• Bacon-wrapped carmel apple by Rodney & Lisa;
• Bacon-wrapped corn dog by Diventuri Concessions;
• BBQ pulled pork & dog by Tailgator Toby;
• BBB nacho pie by Tailgator Toby;
• Cinna Burger by Sweet Shop;
• Cheesy Bacon Bombs by Fire & Ice Concessions;
• Cookie dough parfait by Aunt Edmoe’s Cookies;
• Crawfish enchiladas by the Cajun Krew;
• Deep-fried artichokes by Layne Concessions;
• Deep-fried B-B-Gator On-A-Stick by Tailgator Toby’s;
• Deep-fried butter on-a-stick by Diventuri Concessions;
• Deep-fried Philly cheese steak by Granny’s Concessions;
• Deep-fried ribs by Roadhouse & Layne Concessions;
• Deep-fried watermelon by Porky’s;
• Giant Cream Puff by Coco Flow;
• PBJ Burger & Pancake Burger by Porky’s; and
• Wild Boar Kabob at Fire & Ice Concessions.
If concerts tickle your tastebuds, other free shows at the Chickasaw Entertainment Stage include:
• Loverboy at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13;
• Kelsey K at 2 p.m. Sept. 14;
• Jerrod Niemann at 8 p.m. Sept. 14;
• Diana Reyes at 3 p.m. Sept. 15;
• Sevendust at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 16;
• Hawk Nelson (Building 429) at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 17;
• Elvis Extravaganza at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 18-19;
• The Ohio Players at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20; and
• America at 8 p.m. Sept. 21.
A free family, fun and fellowship event will begin at 3 p.m. on Sept. 22. It will be led by worship leaders tentatively scheduled from Church of the Harvest, LifeChurch, Victory Church and High Pointe Church. Each group will present a short, fun and upbeat musical program. Between sessions, there will be an awesome kids game show type event during which cash prizes up to $500 will be given away.
Gate admission is $9 for adults (age 12+), $5 for children (ages 6-11) and children ages 5 and under are free. Season passes are $25. The box office is located on the southeast side of the Jim Norick Arena. For more information about hours, schedule of events or to buy tickets, visit okstatefair.com.
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