The Arizona State Fair is more than just an event, it's a tradition

PHOENIX - Bobbie Kerr has been to the Arizona State Fair before — actually, she has been here a lot. She's been a part of the fair since 1952. 

"This building here was a tent in 1952," Kerr explained.

A lot has changed over the last 65 years, but there's one thing that probably won't change: the fair is a place to at least briefly escape those hard times in life. 

Michael and Karen's life changed at a fair when they met each other. They're now married. 

"We live, breathe and eat fair," Michael said. "I owe so much to fairs."  

They met at a fair and got married at one — even dressed up as clowns together to bring a smile to someone. 

"My entire youth, all I wanted to be able to do was to impact lives and when I found clowning at fair, I realized I really was impacting lives and often times changing them," Michael said.

For Kerr, she's 84 years old now. Her children, grandchildren and soon her great grandchildren will all be a part of the Arizona State Fair. 

But, It's a lot more than just tradition.

"There's something about the fair that gets in your heart," Kerr said.

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