The Oklahoma State Fair, Part One; Walking Around and Getting Acquainted With the Place

As we entered the fairgrounds, we came through a gate that took us directly into the part with all the rides, and then to the midway. We had come in search of the Indian dances, and we were early. My daughter loved what she saw! She kept saying, “Wow! Just wow! Abraham is going to love this! When we have kids, we will have to bring them here every year!” She had been to a county fair when we were in Ohio when she was very small. In fact, she road in the parade in Ohio because she was in a little girl’s beauty contest. She was really cute! However, a state fair is much larger and much more awe inspiring than a county fair, or at least the Oklahoma State Fair is. The Oklahoma State Fair is every September, and people come from all over the state to attend, and it is worth it!

The entrance to the fair that w went through
This was directly to the right after we came through the gate.
There were lots of games to play.
Every fair needs a merry go round.
There were lots of places to eat too. Since we are in Oklahoma, there were many stalls serving Indian tacos on Indian fry bread. Remember, Oklahoma used to be Indian Territory, and there are still many tribes in Oklahoma.
As we walked around looking for where the Indian dances were, there were several souvenir shops. This one had lots of Indian blankets and other Indian things.
There were lots of rides.
There were Oklahoma shirts for sale.
They weren’t only selling Indian things because Oklahoma is also the land of cowboys, so there were shops with lots of cowboy things for sale too.
We went into one of the shops, and it was full of Indian musical instruments.
There were Indian beads for sale too.
Here are some beautiful Indian blankets.
A souvenir shop with sweatshirts with Indian designs, but look, they had fans and ukuleles too. My daughter loved the price of the ukuleles because she thought they were cheap, and she had to remind herself that her guitar was in the shipping coming from Korea, and she didn’t have to buy one to have an instrument to play.
We ran into a stall selling Mexican food, and the smell coming out of this place was absolutely wonderful!
There were lots of lemonade stands and corn dog stands. I had never even heard of a corn dog before I went to the fair in Oklahoma for the first time when I was in high school. I ate my first corn dog at the Oklahoma State Fair in the 1970’s.
This is a camping trailer that someone carved out of a California redwood tree. The man who was inside said his wife’s grandfather made it, and that he travels around to state fairs everywhere so people can see it.
Inside of the giant redwood log, it was just like a regular camper.
This was also inside the giant redwood log. It was a camping trailer someone made by hand.
There was a picture of California giant redwood trees in the redwood log camping trailer. When I was in middle school, my parents used to take us to Muir woods in California that was full of giant redwood trees like this, and we hiked around all the trails in the woods. Redwood trees are known for being huge.
We encountered a stall that was made like an old covered wagon. My grandmother told me that when she was 18 years old, she came to Oklahoma in a covered wagon, so it hasn’t been that long ago that these things were used.

This was just walking around. We were almost to where the Indian dances were by this point, but we still weren’t sure where they were. This is not the end of the fair, but this is all I am going to include in this blog because I took lots of pictures and even videos today. This is just getting acquainted with the fair grounds. If you want to see Indian dances, banjo players, horses, renaissance music makers, an old west show, etc., just continue on to the next blog.

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