Tri-State Fair kicks off 9-day run starting Friday in Amarillo

Children and adults alike will find plenty of entertainment options at the 2017 Texas Farm Bureau Insurance Company Tri-State Fair &Rodeo from Friday through Sept. 23 at the Tri-State Fairgrounds.

 

The fair opens at 4 p.m. Friday and usually draws more than 100,000 people to enjoy the Midway rides, food, exhibits and entertainment, which is open daily until about midnight.

The Texas Farm Bureau Insurance Company Tri-State Fair &Rodeo Parade will be held Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. in downtown Amarillo with a theme of “Fair Time-Fun time” and a slightly different route.

“Everyone loves a parade and we look forward each year to the joy that our parade brings the citizens of Amarillo and the surrounding areas,” Parade Chairman Walt Kelley said in a statement. “After consulting with the City of Amarillo the Tri-State Fair Parade Committee has determined that a change in the parade route would benefit all.”

As in years past, the parade will begin at South Polk Street and 11th Avenue and proceed north on Polk to Fourth Avenue, where it will head west on Fourth and then turn south on South Harrison Street. The parade will end at Eighth Avenue and Harrison.

“The new route will keep the parade off Third (Avenue) and away from the Civic Center,” Kelley said. “Both of these areas have seen an increase in traffic making it difficult to conduct the parade safely.”

Admission to the fair is $10 for those 13-54, $5 for those 55 and over and 6-12 and free for those 5 and under. For those prices, fair-goers can enjoy free evening concerts featuring Max Stalling on Saturday, Kimberly Dunn on Sept. 21, Moe Bandy on Sept. 22 and Grammy winner Rick Trevino on Sept. 23 at 9:30 p.m.

Discounted tickets for $5 are on currently on sale at Walgreen’s until Friday. There is no admission price during the lunch hour for those wanting to eat.

The PRCA Rodeo, one of the last chances for cowboys to earn money toward qualifying for the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, is Sept. 21-23. A $15 rodeo ticket includes fair admission.

The carnival is open from 1 p.m. to midnight on the weekends and 4 p.m. to midnight during the week.

Free shows and family fun are available daily.

“This year our new attractions are the Sinbad High Dive Show and Kid Celebration Family Game Show,” said Angela Ragland, marketing director for the Tri-State Fair &Rodeo.

Daily family entertainment includes the Wade Henry Show, Rhinestone Cowgirls, Southwest Dairy Farmers Milking Demonstrations, a petting zoo and the Thank a Farmer Magic Show.

Families can also introduce their city children to the farm life with animal showing contests including, horses, steers and heifers, goats, chickens and rabbits.

There is still time to enter the fair in textiles, arts and crafts, cooking and gardening and agronomy. The fair website tristatefair.com gives details on categories as well as special cooking contests and when to bring entries beginning Wednesday.

Deals and specials

n Friday: High Plains Food Bank Night — For every wristband sold, $1 will be donated to the High Plains Food Bank. (4 p.m.-10 p.m.)

n Saturday: Early Bird Ride Special — $20 for a half-day ride wristband plus gate admission, good from 1 p.m.-5 p.m. (sold from 1 p.m.-4 p.m.)

n Sept. 17: Amarillo Globe-News Readers Appreciation Day — Clip a newspaper coupon and pay just $30 for gate admission and ride wristband (1 p.m.-to close)

n Sept. 18: Senior Citizens Day — Seniors 55 and over get free gate admission all day; Student Coupon Night No. 1 — Students K-12 present their school coupon for free admission and pay just $20 for a ride wristband (coupons available at tristatefair.com). Those who don’t want to ride the rides gain admission for $5 with coupon.

n Sept. 19: Happy State Bank Ride ‘em Cowboy Night — Pay $10 per person for gate admission and a ride wristband. Starts at 4 p.m. No tickets or passes valid on this night except mega passes.

n Sept. 20: Student Coupon Night No. 2 — Students K-12 present their school coupon for free admission and pay just $20 for a ride wristband (coupons available at tristatefair.com). Those who don’t want to ride the rides gain admission for $5 with coupon.

n Sept. 21: Student Coupon Night No. 3 — Students K-12 present their school coupon for free admission and pay just $20 for a ride wristband (coupons available at tristatefair.com). Those who don’t want to ride the rides gain admission for $5 with coupon; College Night — College students show school ID for free admission all day (includes gate admission and concert); KAMR-TV Viewer Appreciation Night — Bring coupon from myhighplains.com and pay $5 for adult gate admission

n Sept. 22: Eveline Rivers Coat Night — Pay regular gate admission and bring a new or gently used coat to get a ride wristband for $25 (4 p.m.-10 p.m.)

n Sept. 23: Tough Enough to Wear Pink Night at the Rodeo — No discounts, just a chance to show support for breast cancer research.

Other Information

n Fair admission: $10 for ages 13-54; $5 for ages 6-12 and 55 and over; free for 5 and under

n Parking: Free at Gate 1; $5 at Gate 4

n Mega Pass Information: On sale at Tri-State Fair Office and Toot’n Totum Stores for $65 until Thursday and $70 beginning Friday. A Mega Pass allows the holder daily admission to the fair and all rides are included except for the power ride.

n Re-entry: No re-entry allowed and no refunds on tokens. Unused tokens may be donated.

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