We know it’s a little early for this, but as we look at the weather forecast for the next week and see nothing but triple-digits, our thoughts can’t help straying toward caramel apples, cooler temperatures, and long walks along the River Parks trail with autumn leaves fluttering down from the trees all around us.
Here in Tulsa, autumn doesn’t really seem to begin until we’ve made a trip to the Tulsa State Fair. We have to see the butter sculpture. We have to sample the latest deep-fried-something-or-other-on-a-stick. We have to buy at least one tacky souvenir. We have to watch the sheepdog trials. And we have to listen to the gleeful squeals of toddlers as they interact with all the critters at the petting zoo. It’s an experience like no other, and it sets the tone for the whole season.
Here are a few highlights from years past:
Yes, that’s a llama going through an agility course.
Feeding the animals — such as this dromedary — at the petting zoo is always a highlight.
Little kids just can’t resist a sliding board.
Sometimes when you’ve had too much fun at the fair, you just need a comfortable place to stop and rest. This little girl decided to take some time out for a nap with a friend.
We can’t offer you a pig for a pillow, but if you’re thinking of coming to town for the fair this year, you might find our comfortable beds and in-house spa to your liking. Some of our rooms even have whirlpool tubs — perfect for soothing tired muscles after you’ve played too hard at the fair. If you make arrangements ahead of time, we can even give you a ride over to the fairgrounds and pick you up when you’re done so you don’t have to worry about finding a parking space.
The Tulsa State Fair runs from Sept. 27 to Oct. 7. For information to help plan your trip, visit tulsastatefair.com. To book your room at the Campbell during your stay, call (918) 744-5500 or visit www.thecampbellhotel.com.