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.
Though it's too soon to call, O'Toole said he thinks the attendance will be up to par with the attendance from 2012's state fair.
“Yesterday could wind up being one of the largest days that we have ever had,” he said. “We're very fortunate that we have a tremendous amount of parking on our grounds but then we have also worked a relationship with OSU-OKC with their facility adjacent to our property, we are able to share some of their parking lots on our heavy days like yesterday.”
Using social media platforms, the state fair told fairgoers about the extra parking and the shuttle service the fair provided for those parked in overflow parking areas. The overflow parking and the shuttle service were free.
The state fair had two successful indoor concerts this year with performances from country music favorites the Eli Young Band and Clay Walker, O'Toole said.
The sold-out and near-sold-out shows followed the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Xtreme Bulls Tour.
The next event at State Fair Park is Oct. 3, when the Oklahoma Oil & Gas Expo begins.
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.”
Oklahoma State Fair president and CEO