Maricopa County Fair 2022: Discounts, performers, food

Susan S. Johnson

There’s a lot to do at the Maricopa County Fair.

Visitors can see animals on display, watch local and national performers, go on pony rides, interact with farm animals in a petting zoo, go on children’s or thrill rides, play carnival games and see displays of community members’ talents.

Put on by the Maricopa County Fair Association Inc., the fair is returning April 6-10 after being canceled in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic.

The event started in the 1950s as a fair and citrus festival. Executive Director Karen Searle has been managing the fair since 2004. She had owned a racing pig company, traveled around with her husband performing as a professional clown and did management services for fairs before this.

She says the fair is community-driven and offers something for all ages, whether they are participants or spectators.

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