The Arkansas-Oklahoma State Fair is an annual event held every September at the Kay Rodgers Park in Fort Smith. The traditional fair offers family-friendly entertainment like carnival rides, a midway, exciting games, and competitions. The festival was started in 1936 with a focus on agriculture. It was first called the Fort Smith Livestock Exposition and has become the favourite tradition for many local families and one of the most popular events in two states. Every year about 135,000 attendees will visit the fair.
The Arkansas-Oklahoma State Fair features over 2,500 exhibitors and vendors. Don't miss your chance to try traditional fair snacks like corn dogs, cheesesteaks, candy apples, nachos, funnel cakes, pizza, pickles, cotton candy, snow-cones, and hamburgers.
An exciting carnival midway features such favourites as The Wacky Cowboy Roller Coaster, a 70-ft (21.33-m) Century Wheel with gondola seating, The Chance Rides Thunderbolt, 54-ft (16.45-m) Pharaoh’s Fury, and more. Children can enjoy a classic Merry-Go-Round with a total of 30 horses with six different colours as well as Crystal Lil's House of Mirrors, a Mirror Maze on two levels. Dizzy Dragons, the Speedway, and the Rio Grande Train, and Monster Trucks are also worth trying. Carnival games for all ages include water races, balloon pop, the duck pond, break-a-bottle, fish 'til you win, and the rope ladder. Teens' favourite BlockBuster game area has remote control drones and helicopters as prizes.