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Turkey legs, funnel cakes and corn dogs: Arizona State Fair to hold drive-thru food event

The drive-thru event will be held on Sept. 25 through the 27, then again from Oct. 2 through Oct. 4. It'll be open from noon to 9 p.m. each day.

PHOENIX — Editor's note: The Arizona State Fair added a third weekend -- Oct. 8 to Oct. 11 -- due to popularity. Fair officials said they served more than 3,000 people over the first weekend and more than 4,000 people during the second.

The Arizona State Fair was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, but you'll still be able to enjoy all the fried food that your heart desires -- from a distance.

Fair officials will hold a drive-thru event only for fair food over the next two weekends at the fairgrounds.

Officials said fans of the Arizona State Fair panicked when the event was canceled in August. 

‘“What about my turkey leg? How will I get my funnel cake? I need my annual corn dog!”’ was what we kept hearing,” Wanell Costello, executive director of the Arizona State Fair, said in a statement. 

“We wanted to figure out how to bring a smile to people’s faces, but do it safely and with COVID protocols in place.”

The drive-thru event will be held on Sept. 25 through the 27, then again from Oct. 1 through Oct. 4. It'll be open from noon to 9 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, then 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. 

Admission is free and people are asked to enter the fairgrounds at 19th Avenue and Monte Vista. You are asked to wear a mask in order to protect yourselves and the vendors.

A menu has since been released. You can find more information here.