Driving along Interstate 44 during the run of the Oklahoma State Fair can be a discouraging sight for potential visitors. It seems there's no end to the rows of parked cars. But fairgoers can be assured that there's ample parking available at State Fair Park.
Of fair park's 435 acres, more than 200 are set aside for parking. Options include free parking, paid parking ($5 per day) or handicapped parking (both free and paid). The fair also offers a $25 season parking pass, available at the Jim Norick Arena box office, that is good throughout the fair's 11-day run. About 100 spaces, called Gold Parking, are available outside Gate 10 for $10 daily per space.
Convenience is another factor when deciding where to park. Patrons who opt for free parking can expect to walk greater distances to reach the gates. By law, parking for the handicapped must be nearest to the main entrances.
“I always say that the state fair appeals to everybody from 8 to 80,” said Scott Munz, vice president of marketing and public relations. “We see a lot of people in wheelchairs and walkers who come out and we're glad they do.”
Munz added that handicapped lots fill up quickly on Senior Day, scheduled Sept. 18 this year.
Most parking lots are situated on the north and south sides of the property. Parking lots are accessible from NW 10 and May and Reno Avenues. Free trams sponsored by MidFirst will operate daily beginning at 10 a.m. The trams will start running at 8 a.m. on Sept. 19.
For more information, call 948-6700 or go to www.okstatefair.com.
Rick Rogers, Staff Writer