Pinal Fair at Sunset

The sun sets on the carnival at the Pinal County Fair last year.

ELEVEN MILE CORNER — The Pinal County Fair opens Wednesday, offering five fun-filled days of spinning and twirling rides for thrill seekers, games, an array of carnival food, exhibits, entertainment and livestock competition.

The fair attracts an estimated 25,000 people every year and for those planning to visit, below are a few things to know before you go.

Where: The Pinal Fairgrounds and Event Center is at 512 S. Eleven Mile Corner Road, about 11 miles from Casa Grande, Coolidge and Eloy.

Admission: Adults, $9; kids ages 6 to 12, $4. Tots age 5 and younger are admitted free. The front gate only takes cash. ATMs are located inside the fairgrounds.

Parking: A large parking lot is adjacent to the fairgrounds. There is no additional fee for parking.

Fair hours: Wednesday and Thursday, 4 to 10 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to midnight; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Admission gates close 30 to 60 minutes prior to the fair’s closing hour.

Daily Deals:

  • Opening day, Wednesday, offers buy one-get one free admission tickets.
  • Active military and veterans are eligible for free admission each day of the fair. A military ID is required. Free admission is not applicable for spouses or dependents.

Entertainment: Each day of the fair features local talent as well as national touring acts. Access to live shows and entertainment is free with fair admission.

Midway rides and games: Dozens of rides for adults and children as well as games and food are available throughout the fair. Rides, games and food are an additional expense. Vendors will also be on-hand selling a variety of items.

What not to bring: Weapons, illegal substances, alcohol, pets, bicycles, scooters, skateboards and motorized vehicles are not permitted at the Pinal County Fair. Attendees may not bring ice chests, chairs or outside food and beverages except one sealed bottle of water, up to 24 ounces.


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