OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – It’s a sight for sore eyes and one the state hasn’t seen in a while. The Oklahoma State Fair is back in town after COVID-19 canceled the event in 2020.
“I was really excited to get it back. I was so shocked that we could go! I was like, ‘Come on the first day! Let’s go! ‘ Said Darel Irvin, while enjoying the first day of the fair.
“I come here several times every year. Always do the first day, ”said Doug Johnson.
The Oklahoma City Fairgrounds were packed with people from all over Thursday.
Lots of kids were laughing and eager to jump on their favorite rides.
“Mighty Mouse was my favorite because there is so much action,” a child told KFOR. “And then once you get down, you’re like, ‘I want to go back! “”
“You can go really high and I still like big ones because I’m not afraid of heights,” said another kid named Austin.
Even Miss Oklahoma State Fair and Oklahoma State Fair Most Outstanding Teen were on the field to enjoy the event.
“I don’t have a hard stomach too much after all of this fair trade food,” said Emerson Holden, crowned Most Outstanding Teenager.
Others told News 4 they were excited to get their hands on All Fair Trade Food.
“I love bacon wrapped stuff,” said one child. “The Fried Oreos!” another said.
“I love the hot dog! It’s my favorite, ”said a little girl. “I love corn! Said her friend.
“Definitely the turkey thigh,” Irvin said.
Some customers took advantage of a free attraction – people watching.
“I wonder where they are at the other 11 and a half months of the year,” Johnson said.
The kickoff takes place a year and a half after the start of the global COVID-19 pandemic.
“Funny! I couldn’t go last year because of everything that happened, so it’s exciting to be back here,” said Elliot Rodriguez.
Few of the fair’s spectators could be seen wearing masks and keeping their distance, others went with their faces bare.
“I just hope that with us on the outside is okay and people wear these masks every time we’re inside,” said Claire Grace, Miss Oklahoma State Fair.
“We’re not locked in here, we’re out in the fresh air,” Johnson said.
“It’s just a great experience,” another kid told News 4. “And I really love to play for once! Even the grown-ups!
A boy chose to be at the fair for a very special reason.
“Because it’s my birthday!” ” he said.
KFOR has learned that Fair Trade workers are not required to wear masks, but are encouraged to wear them indoors.
According to the fair’s website, guns are not allowed.
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