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As Oklahoma State Fair opens today, official already is planning ahead

The 2010 Oklahoma State Fair opens today, but Scott Munz, vice president of marketing and public relations, already is looking at existing concert tours to get an idea of entertainers he might want to sign for next year.
by Bryan Painter Published: September 16, 2010

"We don't want them playing too close, too soon because we want to try to keep that act special to the fair," he said.

And that's just one facet of what he does.

"I'm not saying I'm working five days a week, eight hours a day on just the fair in January or February," he said, "but I am working on it some because we start so early with the talent acquisition. We're doing our research, we're making offers, we're negotiating deals, we're working through contracts, so it always seems like some portion of my week is devoted to some aspect of the fair."

The fair's parent company, Oklahoma State Fair Inc., which has a state fair division and a State Fair Park division, has about 100 employees. That swells to about 500 during the fair. Munz is one of six vice presidents, each overseeing different areas. So while he talks about planning for entertainers, each of the other vice presidents and other employees plan throughout the year in their areas.

For instance, someone will meet with exhibitors while they are at this year's fair to see if they would like to leave a deposit showing their intent to return for next year.

"It is a year-round operation that takes a great team of people," Munz said.

by Bryan Painter
Assistant Local Editor
Bryan Painter, assistant local editor, has 31 years’ experience in journalism, including 22 years with the state's largest newspaper, The Oklahoman. In that time he has covered such events as the April 19, 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah...
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IF YOU GO

Oklahoma State Fair

The 2010 Oklahoma State Fair runs today through Sept. 26 at State Fair Park, Interstate 44 and NW 10. Gates open at 8 a.m. daily. Exhibits open at 10 a.m.

General admission is $8 for adults, $5 for ages 6 to 11 and free for children 5 and younger.

Special admission promotions:

• Today, everyone gets in for $1.

• Monday, students through grade 12 will be admitted free.

• Tuesday, military personnel with military ID get in free, and everyone else pays $2.

• Wednesday, visitors age 55 and older with proof of age get in free.

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