|Date||From 12 October 2012 To 04 November 2012|
The Arizona State Fair has a long and illustrious history, spanning three centuries. For 127 years people have been staying in hotels in Scottsdale to soak up the atmosphere.
Back in November 1884, a group of citizens in the state wanted to organize a family event, and the very first Arizona Territorial Fair was held in late Fall. Fairgoers were treated to horse, pony and mule races, alongside exhibits covering everything from agriculture to home economics.
The Fair was held at Salt River until 1891, when the area flooded, destroying the site's buildings and racetrack. Undeterred, the citizens of Arizona formed a group whose mission it was to get the event up and running again.
In 1905, the Arizona Territorial Fair Association purchased its current site, a purpose built fairground situated in the heart of Phoenix. It has been held there every year ever since, with the exception of the Depression era and during World War II.
Last year marked the 66th consecutive State Fair, and saw performances from world famous musicians Billy Idol, Snoop Dogg and Judas Priest.
This year's event promises to be bigger, running for three weeks from October 12th to November 4th. People who want to enjoy the atmosphere but would like to get away from the hustle and bustle at night can book a stay in the Millennium Resort Scottsdale McCormick Ranch, which is only half an hour's drive away.