NewsOn6.com & Ashli Sims, The News On 6
TULSA, OKLAHOMA -- The Tulsa State Fair kicked off Thursday evening. The fair, located on the Tulsa County Fairgrounds, runs every day until Sunday, October 10th.
One of the most anticipated rides this year is the Comet Two, billed as the world's largest traveling roller coaster. The ride is only visiting two fairs this year, the Wisconsin State Fair and the Tulsa State Fair.
And there's always plenty to choose from when it comes to food.
Don Kenna's Polish and Italian Sausage Stand has had a place at the Tulsa State Fair for more than three decades. He says grilling onions and serving up sausages is a family affair.
"I worked for the boss and married the boss' daughter," Kenna said.
Kenna said over the years, he's seen a lot of rides and ring tosses, swings and slides. Back in the late 1970's, when he got his start, they operated out of "stick stands" of wood and canvas.
He says he was one of the first to bring Italian sausages to the Tulsa State Fair.
"It's grown ever since," he said. "We've seen have parents eat, the grandparents eat, and the children now eat and they bring their children. It's generational."
And while sausages are what they're known for, Kenna and his wife said they like to keep it fresh. This year they've added a new delicacy: a Krispy Kreme burger. The burger, consisting of a piece of meat piled with lettuce, onion and bacon and sandwiched between two Krispy Kreme doughnuts, costs $8.
"Tastes like a doughnut and a hamburger," said one woman.
This is the end of the season for those in the concession business. And Kenna says the Tulsa State Fair is one that his team looks forward to every year.
"Not to talk down on other events, but I want to tell the people of Tulsa, Tulsa County, and Oklahoma that you've got something here that's awesome," he said.
There are also lots of shopping opportunities at the Tulsa State Fair, many from vendors in Oklahoma.
Tickets for the fair are $8 for adults, $6 for kids ages 5 to 12.
There is free parking at the Tulsa County Fairgrounds by Tulsa State Fair officials are urging folks to use the free Park-N-Ride program.
Park-N-Ride locations include:
Park-N-Ride hours of operation:
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