About the Fair

The Arizona State Fair is an annual state fair, held at Arizona State Fairgrounds.

It was first held in 1884, but has had various interruptions due to cotton crop failure, the Great Depression era, and World War I & World War II years. Since 1946, the fair has been held annually. It was a territory fair before Arizona was a state.

The Arizona Exposition and State Fair (official name) is a self-supporting state agency, and receives all the monies from the state’s General Fund. The fairgrounds serve as a host facility for a number of different tradeshows, events, and entertainment. The fairgrounds is the location for the Maricopa County Fair, the Arizona National Livestock Show, the Maricopa Home and Garden Show, and more.

The Fair typically has around 75 amusement rides, 110 food booths, and 300 commercial sales booths. The Arizona State Fair is one of the top 5 state fairs in the country drawing well over a million visitors annually.