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Oklahoma State Fair finishes 11-day run with mild temperatures

Fairgoers took advantage of mild weather Sunday and went to the 107th Oklahoma State Fair one final time.
BY LEIGHANNE MANWARREN lmanwarren@opubco.com Published: September 23, 2013
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Fairgoers took advantage of mild weather Sunday while getting their fill of games, rides, exhibits and fair food one final time before the 107th Oklahoma State Fair “Dream” said goodbye.

Spencer Burke, 4, of Edmond, smiled and laughed as he soared into the sky like Superman at the carnival's vertical reality booth.

“But I'm Batman,” Spencer corrected as he pointed to his shirt, which had the Batman symbol on it.

It is a family tradition for the Burkes to go to the state fair, but this is the first year Spencer has wanted to ride the rides and play the games on his own, his dad, Michael Burke, said.

In Agtropolis, McKenna Parker, 21 months, of Edmond, put her face up against the screen between her and the chickens at the “egg plant.”

McKenna's mom, Melanie Parker, 34, said this is the second year for McKenna to go to the fair, but this year she is more interested in what is happening.

“We came on the last day because we couldn't make any of the other days work because of work,” she said.

Parker said she hopes to make going to the state fair a tradition, and maybe even ride some of the rides when McKenna gets older.

“We're too old right now,” Parker said with a laugh.

Inside the administrative building at the fair, receptionists were answering a near-constant ringing of phones. Most were asking what were the last day's hours and ticket costs.

“We've had good crowds. We were impacted a little by the weather in the middle of the week, but we had good weather the first weekend and we have had good weather this weekend,” said Timothy O'Toole, Oklahoma State Fair president and CEO.

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We've had good crowds. We were impacted a little by the weather in the middle of the week, but we had good weather the first weekend and we have had good weather this weekend.”

Timothy O'Toole,
Oklahoma State Fair president and CEO

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