From Sept. 16- 26, the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds were abuzz with crowds and alive with activities as Oklahoma celebrated its annual state fair for roughly its 116th year. Senior elementary education major Monica Munroe was able to attend the fair this year and shares her experience.
“The fair this year was fun. I love the environment and seeing all of the unique people there,” Munroe said.
This year’s fair saw the return of long-time attractions such as the showing of “Disney On Ice.” The state fair’s website shares details of this year’s show.
According to the state fair website, “In this year’s presentation of Disney On Ice ‘Dream Big,’ Miguel aspires to be a musician and journeys through the Land of the Dead to unlock his family’s history. Moana and Maui bravely restore the stolen heart of Te Fiti, Anna and Elsa save their kingdom and the Disney Princesses inspire with stories of strength, determination, and kindness.”
Although the fair presented long-time classics like “Disney On Ice,” it also had its fair share of new experiences. Especially, with the debuting of new food trucks and tents to try. The Oklahoma State Fair’s website shares details on all the new food that guests had the opportunity to try.
According to the state fair website, “New food experiences this year include ‘A Latte Love Coffee House’ ‘Gringo’s’ ‘Funky Flamingo’ ‘Amish Annie’ ‘Falcone’s Pizza Truck’ and more.”
This year, the fair also had quite the lineup of musical guests, spanning across all different genres. The state fair’s website again shares details on who all performed during the run of this year’s fair.
According to the Oklahoma State Fair website, “This year’s musical guest lineup includes The Oak Ridge Boys, Sawyer Brown, Jackyl, BeatleMania Live, We the Kingdom, Gary Lewis and the Playboy, Elvis Extravaganza, Jameson Rodgers, Ginuwine, Skid Row and La Fiera de Ojinaga.”
Monica Munroe was able to catch bits and pieces of the ‘Elvis Extravaganza’ show and although it wasn’t exactly her taste, she could see how the show appealed to an older generation at the fair.
“I was able to catch the tail-end of an Elvis impersonator performance. That was wild. I watched and listened for a bit and it just wasn’t really my thing, but I can understand how seeing an Elvis show would have been very heart warming and nostalgic for older people,” Munroe said.
That heart-warming feeling carried over into sophomore nursing major Emily Nelson’s experience at the fair. She realized that it really is a small world and made an unexpected friend while perusing the fair.
“While walking through the animal exhibit, I met a man that went to Oklahoma Baptist University in 1975 and got to talk to him for awhile. That was super cool and made the fair so much more fun,” Nelson said.