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What to expect at the 2017 Oklahoma State Fair

The 2017 Oklahoma State Fair opens on Thursday, September 14. (KOKH/Will Maetzold)

The gates will open Thursday for the Oklahoma State Fair, which runs through Sept. 24.

The buildings will open at 10 a.m. each day, with the gates opening at 8 a.m.

Scott Munz with the fair said to be ready for any kind of weather.

"If it's going to be sunny and hot, then dress accordingly with the appropriate clothes and appropriate walking shoes," he said. "You might also bring some sunscreen. If there's a possibility of inclement weather you might bring a hat or some sort of outerwear whatever."

Tickets can be purchased for a discounted price at the fair, online or by phone.

There's also a $2 admission day on Thursday and other discount days.

Free parking is available and paid parking costs $10.

"There's parking on the north and south side of the property," Munz said. "There's an entrance to the paid parking off the east side of the property off of May Ave."

One of the items that could be more popular this year is the Sky Eye Ferris wheel. Workers were assembling it on Tuesday. It will be 155 ft. high and carry up to 216 passengers.

"You'll be able to see approximately 15 miles so you'll see downtown to the (east)," vice president of Biggest Wheel LCC Michael Wood said. "You'll see the river to the south, you might even see the guys out there drag racing to the west of town."

It's the world's largest traveling Ferris wheel and is doing its first cross-country tour to state fairs this year. It will be both assembled and inspected on-site.

"The ride is inspected by a third party," Wood said. "The state of Oklahoma for jurisdictional purposes so it has a permit and license to operate in Oklahoma and then it will undergo an inspection from our team everyday it operates and is open to the public."

Munz said he expects the food vendors and midway to be busy again this year.

You can also buy discounted armbands for the midway and parking passes at the Jim Norick Arena box office through Wednesday.

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