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Midway opens on Friday, free concerts set for evenings.

BIG WHEELS: At the State Fair.
  • BIG WHEELS: At the State Fair.

If the weather continues to be dry and comfortable, Arkansas State Fair officials expect close to 450,000 people to take in the carnival midway, the livestock exhibitions, free concerts, an array of food and the professional rodeo when the fair opens Friday and runs for the next 10 days at the State Fairgrounds off Roosevelt Road.

The rodeo portion of the State Fair begins on Thursday, Oct. 19, and runs for three days. Big-name concerts also return to the fair, with rock singer David Lee Roth, the former Van Halen frontman, appearing Oct. 20 in a free show on the Smirnoff Ice Stage.

The fair also is offering a variety of daily promotions and admission or ride discounts. Friday’s opening day features a 50-cent gate admission ticket available at all Harvest Foods stores, while Tuesday, Oct. 17, will be “Super Tuesday,” where a $17 “Ride for the Cure” armband will be sold, allowing for unlimited rides all day. If purchased in advance, the special also includes free fair admission, and $1 from every band is donated to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

Family Value Packs, which include four admissions, a parking pass, 24 ride coupons and $10 in food coupons, are available for $40.95 and may be purchased at the Fairgrounds Ticket Office (372-8341) or all Harvest Foods stores, Affiliated Foods or Budget Saver stores.

Daily admission is $7 for adults, $4 for children ages 7-12 and seniors 60 and over, and free for children under age 6. Fairgrounds parking is $5. Gates open Friday at noon.

Concerts that are free with gate admission include Saving Jane on Friday, Oct. 13, at 8 p.m., Cross Canadian Ragweed on Saturday, Oct. 14, at 8:30 p.m., David Lee Roth on Oct. 20 at 8 p.m. and Johnny Cash tribute band Ring of Fire playing back-to-back shows starting at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 21.

Call 372-8341 or visit www.arkansasstatefair.com.

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