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Arizona State Fair: 15 ways to save money on general admission or rides

Posted: 1:27 PM, Sep 15, 2016
Updated: 2016-10-28 20:49:26-04
11 discounts to save $$$ at the AZ State Fair

The Arizona State Fair is only a couple weeks away!

Soon the fairgrounds will be filled with deep-fried treats, rides, carnival games, and oversized stuffed animals.

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General admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children (5-13) and seniors (55+). However, there are several discounts and promotions you should know about that can save you a few dollars. Some will even get you into the fair for free.

Here are 11 Arizona State Fair discounts to know about: 

ADMISSION DISCOUNTS:

GENERAL ADMISSION PRE-SALE

If you purchase your state fair admission online between Aug. 5 and Oct. 6, you can save $4 on an adult ticket and $2 on children and senior tickets. Adult presale is $6 and child presale is $3.

$2 ADMISSION ON OPENING DAY

The Arizona State Fair opens on Friday, October 7. Admission will be discounted to $2 per person that day until 5 p.m. (that is $8 less than general admission).

'LOCALISTS' GET $1 ADMISSION (pre-registration required, Wednesdays only). 

Anyone who wears their Local First Arizona "localist" t-shirt to the Arizona State Fair will be able to enter the fair for $1. You will have to pre-register with the fair and use a special code in order to get the discount. Shirts can be purchased for $12-$15 at the Local First office, 407 E. Roosevelt Street, Phoenix AZ 85004. To get the special code, you have to call Local First at 602-956-0909 ext. 1.

Editor's note: This discount has changed since the story first published. On Sept. 26, ABC15 received information from Local First Arizona that the deal no longer counted for "free" admission and instead would be $1 admission. This deal is available on Wednesdays only.

$3 OFF GENERAL ADMISSION - Arizona Milk Producers

Next time you're at the grocery store, make sure to purchase milk, cheese and yogurt. Bring the receipt that proves you purchased all three items to the fair and receive $3 off one general admission ticket.

WE CARE WEDNESDAYS

Bring four non-perishable food items to benefit St. Mary's Food Bank to the Arizona State Fair and receive one free admission ticket (until 6 p.m.) You will also get discounts on rides and games.

The most needed items include peanut butter, jelly, canned chicken, tuna, ham, spam or tuna; soups, cereals and packaged potatoes. Fine print: The fair will not accept bottled water to Ramen noodles. Find details here .

FREE HOUR THURSDAYS

The state fair will offer free general admission on Thursdays from noon to 1 p.m.

METROPCS 30-CENT THURSDAYS

You can receive a coupon for $0.30 general admission at the state fair by visiting a local MetroPCS location. The offer can be used only on Thursdays before 6 p.m.

FREE FRY'S FRIDAYS

Starting Sept. 26, when you spend $40 or more at Fry's Food Stores a voucher for two free adult admissions will be printed on your receipt. You will have to bring the receipt to the state fair and give it to them to get the discount. Fine print: the vouchers can only be redeemed on Oct. 14, 21 and 28 between noon and 6 p.m. Find details here .

$2 BEFORE 2 P.M. SATURDAYS

General admission is $2 per person on Saturdays before 2 p.m.

HALF-PRICE SUNDAYS

Come to the Arizona State Fair on Sundays between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and receive half-off general admission.

OCT. 14 - SENIOR DAY

Senior Day at the Arizona State Fair is Oct. 14. From noon to 6 p.m., admission for seniors (55+) will be $2.

OCT. 19 - ARMED FORCES DAY

All U.S. active duty, reservists, veterans and retired military and their families will receive free admission into the fair. You must have your military ID with you and have to enter through the Encanto Avenue entrance.

FRIDAY TASTE OF THE FAIR

On Fridays, you can sample the fair's signature items for $2 from noon to 6 p.m.

RIDE DISCOUNTS

READ & RIDE

Arizona kids between the ages 5 and 14 can read three books and receive three ride passes to the state fair. The books must be approved by a teacher or guardian. Click here to download the official "Read & Ride Report Form" and to view the official rules .

PRESALE UNLIMITED RIDE WRISTBANDS ($5 SAVINGS)

Unlimited ride wristbands are on sale for Thursdays and Sundays. If you purchase your wristband online before Oct. 6, you will save $5. Thursday wristbands normally cost $30 and Sunday wristbands cost $50.

The fine print: the wristband can only be redeemed once. Thursday wristbands can be used on Oct. 13, 20 or 27. Sundays wristband can be used on Oct. 9, 16, 23, or 30. General admission is not included.

You can visit azstatefair.com to purchase fair tickets and ride wristbands and read details on each of these promotions.

$2 WEDNESDAYS

On Wednesdays, rides and games are $2 each all day. 

$2 SUNDAYS

On Sundays, Midway games are $2 each all day long.

IF YOU GO:
Arizona State Fair 2016 (Oct. 7-30)
Open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Closed Monday and Tuesday.
Admission: $10 - adults, $5 - kids
www.azstatefair.com