Pinal County Fairgrounds Entrance

Pinal Fairgrounds and Event Center will host a big fall event this year.

ELEVEN MILE CORNER — A new fall-theme event at the Pinal Fairgrounds and Event Center aims to help people rediscover the county fairgrounds.

The Fall-A-Palooza of Fun Festival is scheduled for Oct. 29-31. And while it is not the annual Pinal County Fair, it will offer rides, food, exhibits, vendors and fall fun.

The Pinal County Fair is typically held in March and generally coincides with spring break for annual school children. The 2021 Pinal County Fair was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and planning of Fall-A-Palooza began as a replacement event.

“While we had initially planned this event as a postponed fair, it became apparent that scheduling all the county fair components would not be feasible,” said Executive Director Misti Todd. “The fall season hosts many county fairs in our state, in addition to the Arizona State Fair, so vendors, exhibitors and carnivals are already booked. We are fortunate to be able to showcase our local vendors during this time.”

The event is produced in coordination with Central Arizona Fair Association and MOSO Events, which will bring the Autumn Artisan Craft Fair, and its handmade and vintage specialty vendors, to Fall-A-Palooza.

Arizona Gun Shows is also involved in the planning. During Fall-A-Palooza, they will present their Ghouls & Goblins Gun Show, which features firearms, ammo and all tactical supplies.

Brown’s Amusements will set up a midway of rides, vendors and attractions.

“It really is something for everyone,” Todd said.

Fall-A-Palooza will not have animal exhibits or a livestock auction — so teens will not vie for blue ribbons or show their calves, pigs, chickens or other animals.

Some culinary exhibits will be on display and area residents have a chance to compete in squash and jack-o’-lantern competitions.

A lineup of musical entertainment is also not planned for the event.

“It will be an opportunity for the community to attend a festival close to home, enjoy our beautiful weather, get a taste of the upcoming fall season and make lasting memories,” Todd said. “The event is a combination of indoor and outdoor venues.”

COVID-19 safety measures at the fairgrounds include expanded cleaning protocols, increased hand washing/sanitizing stations, social distancing strategies, recommendations of mask wearing and encouraging patrons who exhibit symptoms of illness not to attend.

Hours of the event are:

Friday,

Oct. 29

  • carnival and food vendors, 3 to 11 p.m.
  • gun and craft show, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 30

  • carnival, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • gun show and craft fair, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • food vendors, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 31

  • carnival, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • gun show and vendor craft fair, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • food vendors, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Admission for ages 13 and up is $15. For ages 6 to 12, it is $5. A ticket includes access to all three events on the property. There is no fee for parking.

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Melissa St. Aude is the Arts & Entertainment editor at PinalCentral. She can be reached at mstaude@pinalcentral.com.