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  • Cathy O’Connor

Fair brings entertainment, economic impact

The temperature may still be in the high 90s, but the first sign of fall is here with the arrival of the Oklahoma State Fair, which opens Thursday. The Oklahoma City tradition brings more than concerts, bull riding, art and livestock competitions, rides and corn dogs (or a honey pepper bacon dog if you’re feeling adventurous).

This year, for the first time, the fair is showcasing nine local, short films at a festival on Sept. 14 at Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center Theater. Also new, a renaissance village will add medieval flair each day from noon to 8 p.m. at Centennial Plaza.

Besides the entertainment value for the entire family, the fair also has a significant economic impact on Oklahoma City. The event attracts people from all over the country who spend money on tickets, food, lodging and other expenses. In 2018, more than 850,000 people attended the Oklahoma State Fair, producing an economic impact of more than $98.2 million in direct spending into the Oklahoma City economy.

We’ve reaped the benefits of our investments to keep the park up to date. We attract more events and visitors year-round, following facility and infrastructure improvements from the city, the Chamber of Commerce and Oklahoma City residents.

Read the full article at The Journal Record

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