Pinal County Fair is back with food, entertainment, and contests

Gretchen Pahia
Pinal County fairgrounds at nightCourtesy of Pinal County Fairgrounds & Event Center

By Gretchen Pahia / Newsbreak, Pinal County, AZ

(Pinal County, AZ) - After a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19, the Pinal County Fair is scheduled to open for five days, beginning March 16.

There will be tons of great entertainment during the five-day event. Music headliners include La Brissa, a high-energy Hispanic band that is set to get everyone up on their feet and dancing.

Misti Todd is the executive director of the Pinal County Fairgrounds and Event Center. She tells NewsBreak that music is just one part of the entertainment equation. “We have Louie Foxx, who is an incredible magician featured on America’s Got Talent. He’ll be one of the stage performers.”

“Louis is new to the area, and we are very excited to have him join us for this prestigious event,” she adds. “We are also looking forward to Skip Banks, balloon artist Stephen Rosen, and much more. For those that can make it out to the fair, we highly recommend it.”
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While many people come to the fair for the tasty eats & treats, there are certainly other things to do when you're not sampling the culinary goods. You may want to engage in some fun, competitive events that suit one of your talents. From categories ranging from preparing handmade food items like jams and jellies to creative endeavors like photography and quilting, you can enter one of the contests to see how you rate. In some cases, prizes are awarded.

If you would like to participate in any of the competitive parts of the Pinal County Fair, you can get information on doing so on their website at

If checking out all the action rather than entering a competition is more your speed, this event is packed with rides and much to see and do. There's no shortage of vendors and other exhibits to check out.

Admission for the fair is $9 for adults 13 and older and $5 for kids 6-12. Kids 5 and younger are free. All shows are included in the admission, with extra costs for rides and food.

A few admission deals are available:

Daily - Active Military & Veterans - Active-duty military and veterans receive free Pinal County Fair admission. Promotion is valid all five days of the Pinal County Fair. Military ID is required.

Wednesday, March 16 - Buy 1 Get 1 Free Admission - Buy one get one admission ticket and get one free for a family member or friend!

Friday, March 18, Senior Day (9 a.m.- 3 p.m.) - Enjoy half-price admission to the 2022 Pinal County Fair. 55 and over just $4. Valid from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. only

Friday, March 18, Kids Day - Free Admission - Kids 6-12 receive free admission until 3 p.m. when accompanied by a paid adult.

The hours of operation do vary from day to day, so be sure to check out admission gate hours before heading out to the fair. The gates will close 30 minutes before fair end time each day.

Pinal County Fair hours:

4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on March 16 and 17, 9 a.m. - 11 p.m.on March 18, 11a.m. - midnight on March19, and 11` a.m. to 9 p.m. on March 20.

For more information on the fair, vendors, details on where you can purchase an unlimited ride wristband, and more, be sure to check out the county fair website at

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Gretchen has immense media and public relations experience, is an award-winning television news producer and has been published in a number of publications. Native to Arizona and is a graduate of Northern Arizona University.

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