One of the more difficult jobs at the Fair is trying to determine the right balance for the grounds entertainment. We want to keep things fresh and bring in new acts, but also keep in mind that fairgoers create traditions of going to see certain acts year after year.
This balancing act falls in the lap of our Assistant Fair Manager, Mike Pleasant. Mike has to decide when an act has run its course or when to bring it back. Sometimes that means not booking a favorite act for a year or two. Or in the case of an act like the racing pigs, bringing them back year after year after year. (I remember my second year in the press office, then-assistant manager Wesley Wyatt didn’t book the racing pigs and put marionette puppets in their place. Talk about instant feedback! The message was clear — don’t mess with the racing pigs!)
Here are some of the acts that are returning to the State Fair this year:
We’ll be announcing more grounds acts soon. Some are returning after a hiatus and some are gonna be brand new. So, what do you think? What’s your favorite act at the Fair?