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Fair Ideas

Let’s Go to the Fair!

ferris wheel and candy stand on a midway at a fair

Hosting a fair can be a big job. There are lots of moving parts and elements to consider. But never fear, we’ve got you covered. Here are some things to include when planning your fair, big or small.


Event Space

If you’re hosting a fair outside, a big, flat area is best. This will make it much easier to set up Tents, Concessions, Seating, and Games. Parking lots or playgrounds at churches and schools are great options, especially if they’re part of the event. If the event is inside, gymnasiums or banquet halls are great options. You’ll be a bit more limited on activities, however.

Also, unless you’re planning on bringing in Portable Toilets, keep the distance to the bathroom from the festivities in mind! Make sure there are plenty of trash bins around to cut down on the after-party cleanup.


Food and Drink

Fairs are known for their spread of junk food, so embrace it! Corn dogs, pretzels, funnel cakes, popcorn, cotton candy, snow cones, and ice cream are all fair staples. Give yourself a break and hire a Concessions company to come in and take care of it for you!


Games, Rides, and Activities

Who doesn’t have a memory of winning a giant stuffed animal at a fair? Show your guests a good time with classic Carnival Games like ball tosses, dart throws, pick-a-duck, bean bag tosses, and more. You can easily create the games yourself or bring in the pros for that authentic experience.

If you have the space and budget, why not have some rides? Add some Inflatables like bounce houses and obstacle courses, or rock climbing walls and bungee jumps to keep your guests thrilled all day and night! Or set up a Trackless Train and let the kids go on a ride that winds through the fair.

Next, a Face Painting station is always a winner. Transform your guests into tigers, fairies, super heroes, dragons…anything they can imagine!

Animals are another great addition to a fair. Let the kids (and adults) get some cuddle time with bunnies, chicks, goats, and pigs at a Petting Zoo. Or saddle up for a Pony Ride!


Strolling Entertainment

As your guests walk around the fair, have some special guests for them to run into. Strolling Magicians can wow them with up-close-and-personal magic tricks, while Clowns can keep the crowd laughing. Balloon Twisters can whip up creations in seconds for a fun souvenir. Take the entertainment to the next level with Stilt Walkers or Jugglers (or a combination of both!).


Fairs are an exciting way to bring entertainment to your friends, family, or community. It can take some work, but will be worth it in the end. The most important thing is to have fun! 

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A fair, whether it be county, city, or state, is a great time for friends and family to hang out and enjoy the sights and sounds. You can ride the ferris wheel, get your eardrums blown out at the demolition derby, catch a concert, or enjoy a funnel cake while playing a carnival game that seems impossible to win! No matter what activity at the fair is your favorite, it's a great time for all!
It’s That Time of Year!

Fairs have been around for a very long time - they’re one of the great American traditions - and they usually only come around once a year! From funnel cakes and corn dogs to the carnival games and rides, all the way to the live entertainment and prizes, the state, county, or city fair is the place to be. It’s the perfect opportunity to gather up your family and see if Jimmy can beat his dad in the pie eating contest, and finally decide once and for all who cooks the best BBQ. Planning the fair is the easy part, because luckily you’ve got us over at GigSalad to help you out with all the details!

The Important Details First

First and foremost, we must pick a date. Most likely you will want to do this some time during the summer months so that the weather is warm enough to be outside. That being said, with summer comes summer thunderstorms, so make sure you are prepared for any and all weather possibilities! Will you be having this fair just one night only, or will it be a weekend extravaganza?

You must also set the mood for this fair. Make sure you contact one of the great tent rental companies here on GigSalad to get just the right sizes and number of tents. Be sure to have lots of signs and what-not to point guests in the right direction of the pie eating contest or the live nightly entertainment! You’ll also want to make sure there is some form of lighting and access to electricity on your fancy fairground. Wouldn’t want your guests wandering around in the dark now would you? These are all some of the little details you are going to want to discuss with your venue or location.

Now for the Fun Part!

What on earth are you going to have at the fair to keep everyone entertained and excited? We have tons of options depending on which direction you’d like to go, and we’ve got a little something for everyone. Maybe a designated kids area with face painters, balloon twisters, and a petting zoo? There’s definitely have to be carnival games and rides at this fair. Certainly we all have fond (or squeamish) memories of riding the Scrambler as children, and wouldn’t you just love to share that same terror with a new generation? How about nightly live entertainment? An 80s cover band? Caribbean or Island themed music? Don’t forget the funnel cakes, corn dogs, and fried... well... everything! Check out any one of our caterers to get some great fair fare! How about having a stunt performer or a sports exhibition?

Still feeling a little nervous?

Now if this is just too much for you to handle alone, don’t give up! We have plenty of event planners ready and willing to lend a planning hand! They are here to make sure all the little details are taken care of so you can sit back and relax. Don’t forget a photographer to capture all the great moments, especially the pie eating contest! Make sure you share all those awesome photos with us over at the GigSalad Facebook page. We can’t wait to see what great ideas you’ve come up with!