The State Fair Academy is a special program designed to provide Oklahoma school kids the opportunity to have a fund, safe and educational experience at the Oklahoma State Fair while helping teachers achieve PASS objectives. The program is open to Oklahoma students.
Public, Private, Charter Schools and Home School Groups grades 3 – 5.
Each homeschool group must include a minimum of 12 children.
The State Fair Academy is OPEN:
Monday September 16, 2013
Tuesday September 17, 2013
Thursday September 19, 2013
Friday September 20, 2013
Arrival times are by reservation only and are staggered between 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
The Academy officially ends at 2:30 p.m.; however, groups are welcome to stay as long as they like.
Note: Oklahoma State Fair, Inc. reserves the right to cancel Academy dates and/or times when necessary due to low enrollment.
Public, Private & Charter School Groups:
- Students and Teachers: FREE
- 1 Adult Chaperone per 4 kids: FREE
- Registered buses and cars park FREE
Home School Groups :
- Children under 18: FREE
- 1 Adult Chaperone per 4 kids: FREE
- 1 car per every 4 kids: FREE
- Adult admission at the gate: $9
- Daily Parking: $5
Enrollment is first-come, first-served. Please be sure to list multiple arrival preferences on the registration form.
The registration process will reserve a space for the group until August. At that time a confirmation noting the actual number of students, teachers, chaperones and vehicles and the acceptance of the final, assigned arrival time will be required. Confirmations must be completed in order to finalize the field trip. Be sure to reserve space early and provide the best guess as to class size, etc.
For questions or more information, contact Nancy Nortz, Manager – Creative Programs at 405.948.6731 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
HOW DO WE GET THERE?
Bus Driver instructions:
Make sure the bus parking pass is clearly displayed in the front windshield before entering State Fair Park.
Park at Gate 9; enter State Fair Park from the north, at the entrance off of NW 10th Street.
Follow the curve to the right and at the stop signs, look for parking attendants who will direct you to the entrance of the parking lot north of the barns.
Please, then, follow attendant instructions and signage to the unloading area.
HOW LONG DOES THE TRIP LAST?
The academy is set-up to allow groups to attend a variety of learning centers. Most groups find they need about 4 hours to arrive, be oriented, attend 3 learning centers, have lunch and load up to depart.
Although the academy officially ends at 2:30 p.m. each day, groups are welcome to stay later to attend additional fair exhibits. All items will need to be picked up from the lunch tent which our volunteers will vacate after 2:30 p.m.
WHERE DO WE PARK?
All registered academy buses and cars park for free and must park in the assigned parking lot (see Academy map). Free parking is in designated lots only. Additional vehicles, without advance parking passes, will need to follow the attendant instructions to the regular paid parking station and pay $5 for daily admission. This will still put group vehicles in the same parking lot as buses and vehicles WITH the advance, free parking pass.
HOW DO WE GET PARKING PASSES?
A specific number of free parking passes are issued based on registration.
Parking passes will be mailed to the school/group after we have confirmed the trip.
WHAT ARE LEARNING CENTERS?
On specific days during the Oklahoma State Fair, several of the exhibits are transformed into special learning centers. These historical, educational and fun learning centers are created especially to provide various learning opportunities for the groups, while helping schools achieve P.A.S.S. Objectives.
See “Tools For Teachers” For More Details.
WHAT IF WE HAVE TO CANCEL?
If for some reason a reservation must be cancelled, please notify the Academy offices at 405.948.6731 know immediately.
CAN I RESCHEDULE IF I HAVE TO CANCEL?
If the cancellation occurs before September 1, we will try and reschedule the group for another time; however, due to the popularity of the program space is extremely limited.
WHAT IF IT RAINS/ BAD WEATHER?
The Academy will take place, regardless of rainy weather; however, feel free to give us a call at 405.948.6731 to double check before leaving if there is a threat of severe weather.
DO WE NEED TICKETS?
The only gate admission tickets that you will need are for any additional parents/chaperones that come with you.
CAN WE BRING OUTSIDE FOOD AND DRINK?
Groups are allowed to bring sack lunches, and it is highly recommended bringing bottled water for the students. Any drinks or drink containers must be in your coolers or boxes when you arrive. As a general rule, fairgoers may not bring food or drinks into the Fair. Therefore, make sure all food and drinks are inside coolers/boxes and that the containers are clearly marked for the group.
Teacher’s Guide (coming soon)
Learning Center Guide (coming soon)
The Oklahoma State Fair Academy Daily Itinerary (coming soon)
2013 Academy Map (coming soon)
This page updated May 2, 2013