PHOENIX - The Maricopa County Fair is taking place at the Arizona Fairgrounds near 19th Ave. and McDowell Rd.
Some of the new attractions
• Great American High Dive featuring the Human Torch – Comedic performers free fall dive from 80' into a shallow pool of water. The Great American High dive delivers three exciting shows per day.
• Nancy Riegler and Blue Bear-y Bear – A strolling attraction with an adorable character in a meticulously restored miniature replica of the Model T.
• Steve’s Fun Balloons – Fun and fabulous balloon artist.
• Meet Peppa Pig -- Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday only.
Other fun events include
• Easter Bunny visits and free photos – Sunday only.
• Easter Egg Hunts - Sunday. $3,000 top prize in adult category along with two $1,000 prizes and 40 $50 prizes for a total of $5,000 cash prizes. Top prize for the two kid’s categories is a bike (one for each group).
• Godfrey the Magician - Be mystified and amazed with master magician Terry Godfrey. The show is filled with comedy, fantastic magic and audience participation. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday.
• Shawn Eric – Exciting and expert magician. Saturday, April 15.
• Farm Tours - Children learn about life on a farm through this interactive display. They see live farm animals, tractors and other farm equipment
• 39 Rides brought to you by Butler Amusements, including Spin Out, Vertigo, Zillerator Coaster, Giant Scooters, and the all NEW Big Top
• The Safety Zone presented by SRP
• Freckle Farm Petting Zoo
• Camel rides
• Calamity Jo Safety Magic Show.
• The Music of George Johnson.
• NBA Half Time Star Skip Banks – The Balloon Man
• Auntie Farmer County Fair Games
• BMX Bike Show
• Fair Fashion Show and Style Review – Sat., April 15 at 2 p.m., Showcase of Home Arts – Sewing and Fiber Arts clothing entries.
• Pie Baking Contest – Sat., April 15 at Noon in the Exhibit building. Awards for the best “family’s favorite pie” entered.
• Community Entertainment – exciting performances by local stars on 4 Community Stages!
There are also motorsports events
• Friday, April 14: Democross Trucks –Practice - 5 p.m.; Main Event - 6 p.m.; Monster Trucks - 7:30 p.m.
• Saturday, April 15: Democross – Practice - Noon. Monster Trucks - 1 p.m.; Democross Car Heat Races - 3 p.m.; Democross Main Event - 5 p.m.; Monster Truck and Freestyle MX Final – 7 p.m.
• Sunday, April 16: Democross Trucks Last Man Standing – 1:30 p.m.; Democross Cars Last Man Standing – 4:30 p.m.
• Over 400 blue ribbon large stock auction begins Saturday, April 15 at 9 a.m. in the Agriculture Center – 2016 auction generated close to $1.2 million!
• 125 blue ribbon small stock auction starts Friday, April 14 at 7 p.m. in the Home Arts Building.
• Adults and Children 8 and over - $9
• Children 7 and under are FREE.
• Parking at fairgrounds - $8.
For more information, visit www.maricopacountyfair.org.