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Mandy Zajac writes and edits arts, entertainment and lifestyle content for the Get Out section of the East Valley Tribune. Contact her at (480) 898-6818 or

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Posted: Thursday, October 13, 2011 3:04 pm

One thing you should know about the Arizona State Fair (which runs through Nov. 6): There are as many ways to save as there are things to see and do.

Regular admission will set you back $10 for adults and $5 for kids (ages 5-13) and seniors (55-plus). Factor in another $5-$20 to park. Then add all the corn dogs, funnel cake and spins on the Tilt-A-Whirl your tummy can handle.

If the math leaves you woozier than a post-cotton candy binge on the Zipper, consult this cheat sheet before you go. It might leave you with just enough pocket change for one more try at that giant stuffed elephant in a tutu.


• Opening Day: Everyone gets in for $1 until 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14.

• Every day: Get $3 off admission by showing a store receipt with three dairy purchases. The Arizona Milk Producers’ “3 Every Day” discount is valid when you can show you bought one milk, one cheese and one yogurt (of any brand) in one transaction.

• Wednesdays: Get free admission noon to 6 p.m. when you bring one of these donations for charity: Oct. 19 - three canned foods for St. Mary’s Food Bank; Oct. 26 - gently used adult jeans, tennis shoes or backpack for St. Vincent de Paul; Nov. 2 - new socks or a Metro All Day Pass for Arizona Stand Down for homeless vets.

• Thursdays: Admission is free until 1 p.m.

• Fridays, beginning Oct. 21: Admission is half off from noon to 6 p.m. Rides, games and select foods are $2 during those hours.

• Saturdays: Buy one admission, get one free with a coupon from Albertson’s. You must buy three 20-ounce bottles of Coca-Cola product at any Albertson’s store to get the coupon.

• Sundays: Admission is free 10 a.m. to noon.

• Seniors Day is Oct. 27. Seniors get in for $2.

• Armed Forces Day is Nov. 4. Active duty, reservist, veteran and retired military personnel and their families get in free with military I.D.

• A fair season pass gives you unlimited admission. Passes are $18 for adults and $9 for kids and seniors, and must be purchased online or at admission gates by Oct. 23.


• Wednesdays: Rides and games are $2 each.

• Thursdays: Unlimited Ride Wristbands are $25 each with a $5-off coupon available for free at any Cricket Wireless store. Games are $2.

• Sundays: Unlimited Ride Wristbands are $30. Games are $2.

• Children can earn three free rides through the ABC 15 Read & Ride program. Kids must read three books and submit an official report form, available at

The fair opens at noon Wednesdays through Fridays, and 10 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through Nov. 6 at the Arizona State Fairgrounds, 1826 W. McDowell Road, Phoenix. Info is at (602) 252-6771 or

• Contact writer: (480) 898-6818 or

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