State fair

A state fair is a competitive and recreational gathering of a U.S. state's population. It is a larger version of a county fair, often including only exhibits or competitors that have won in their categories at the more-local county fairs.

Originally a state fair was just a competitive exhibition of livestock in various competitions, the display of farm products which were not necessarily for sale, and the competition among various fair goers and participants in such categories as handicrafts, baked goods, jams and jellies, etc., but has since been expanded to include carnival amusement rides and games, music, races, tests of strength and skill, etc. Large fairs can see more than a million visitors over the course of a week or two.

Events similar to state fairs are also held annually in each state capital in Australia, known as Royal Shows. Australian Royal shows are organised by state agricultural and horticultural societies, and are described further in the agricultural show article.

List of state fairs

United States

State or Region Fair Name Location Attendance (year)
Alabama Alabama State Fair Montgomery
Alaska Alaska State Fair Palmer
Tanana Valley State Fair Fairbanks
Arizona Arizona State Fair Phoenix 1,303,690 (2006)
Navajo Nation Fair Window Rock
Arkansas Arkansas State Fair Little Rock
California California State Fair Sacramento 941,502 (2006)
Colorado Colorado State Fair Pueblo 400,351 (2006)
Delaware Delaware State Fair Harrington 307,000 (2007)
Florida Florida State Fair Tampa 434,067 (2006)
Georgia Georgia National Fair Perry
North Georgia State Fair Marietta
Illinois DuQuoin State Fair DuQuoin
Illinois State Fair Springfield 700,000 (2006)
Indiana Indiana State Fair Indianapolis 748,171 (2007)
Iowa Iowa State Fair Des Moines 1,053,978 (2004)
Kansas Kansas State Fair Hutchinson
Kentucky Kentucky State Fair Louisville 614,477 (2006)
Louisiana Cajun Heartland State Fair Lafayette
State Fair of Louisiana Shreveport
Greater Baton Rouge State Fair Baton Rouge
Maine Bangor State Fair Bangor
Maryland Maryland State Fair Timonium
Michigan Michigan State Fair Detroit
Upper Peninsula State Fair Escanaba
Minnesota Minnesota State Fair Falcon Heights 1,693,533 (2008)
Mississippi Mississippi State Fair Jackson
Missouri Missouri State Fair Sedalia 340,000 (2005)
Nebraska Nebraska State Fair Lincoln 289,683 (2006)
Nevada Nevada State Fair Reno
New England The Big E West Springfield
New Hampshire Hopkinton State Fair Contoocook
New Jersey New Jersey State Fair Augusta
New Mexico New Mexico State Fair Albuquerque 738,664 (2006)
New York Great New York State Fair Syracuse 932,995 (2006)
North Carolina North Carolina State Fair Raleigh 858,611 (2007)
North Carolina Mountain State Fair Fletcher, North Carolina 187,819 (2007)
North Dakota North Dakota State Fair Minot 247,970 (2006)
Ohio Ohio State Fair Columbus 814,512 (2006)
Oklahoma Oklahoma State Fair Oklahoma City Near 1,000,000
Tulsa State Fair Tulsa Over 1,000,000
Oregon Oregon State Fair Salem
Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Farm Show Harrisburg over 400,000 (2006)
South Carolina South Carolina State Fair Columbia
South Dakota South Dakota State Fair Huron 123rd State Fair in 2008
Tennessee Tennessee State Fair Nashville
Mid-South Fair Memphis
Tennessee Valley Fair Knoxville, Tennessee Appx 180,000
Texas South Texas State Fair Beaumont
State Fair of Texas Dallas Appx 3 million (2003)
East Texas State Fair Tyler
Utah Utah State Fair Salt Lake City
Virginia State Fair of Virginia Richmond
Vermont Vermont State Fair Rutland
Washington Central Washington State Fair Yakima
Evergreen State Fair Monroe
Western Washington Fair Puyallup
West Virginia State Fair of West Virginia Fairlea
Wisconsin Wisconsin State Fair Milwaukee 861,408 (2006)
Wyoming Wyoming State Fair Douglas


State and county fairs are famous for a variety of competitions. Awards are generally given according to the following scale

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