September 24, 2022 By Vaseline

The Panhandle-South Plains Fair in Lubbock runs through October 1st

The Panhandle-South Plains Fair will continue Saturday through October 1 after opening Thursday with its traditional buck-a-ride preview night at the Fairgrounds on Broadway and Ave.

On the agenda of the fair in Lubbock

Jennifer Wallace, executive director of the Panhandle-South Plains Fair, told the Avalanche-Journal ahead of the fair that there will be more than 40 booths run by nonprofit food vendors, including well-known favorites like the Science Spectrum, area churches, band amplifiers and service organizations. That’s close to pre-pandemic normal for vendor turnout, she said.

The Reithoffer Midway Show will be back presenting their carnival attractions including the Ferris wheel, the carousel and a wide range of rides and rides for children.

From 2021:South Plains Fair reports high attendance, major recovery from pandemic

People attend the first day of the South Plains Fair, Thursday September 22, 2022 at the South Plains Fairgrounds.

Admission is $10 for adults 13 and older and $5 for children 2-12 years old. Children up to 1 year have free admission. Parking in the large lot near the fairgrounds is $5 per vehicle.

Tickets can be purchased in the carnival area for $1.50 per single ticket, with offers for bulk purchases and specials some days.

Increased security at the South Plains Fair

That year, Wallace said, fair organizers decided to improve safety procedures, including increasing the number of officers on the fairgrounds at any time by six and enacting a clear bag policy out of caution. Signage will be posted in the parking lot prior to entry to inform visitors of the clear bag policy.

The Panhandle-South Plains Fair will have a clear bag policy beginning this year.

“It’s for everyone’s safety,” she said. “Most people are already familiar with the clear bag guidelines from other events, and we like to play it safe.”

The South Plains Fair introduces a beer sale for the first time

Beer will be served on tap and canned at this year’s show, Wallace said. It’s a move she acknowledges doesn’t come without a bit of heartburn, but she said there’s also been a growing call for the refreshment.

“I think we were pretty much the only fair in Texas that didn’t have beer,” she said. “We’re kind of behind the times.”

Beer is served at select locations, including a beer trailer featuring standard domestic draft beers (Bug Light, Coors Light, Miller Lite, etc.) on tap for $5 for 16 ounces. There will also be canned options at various points in the Nonprofit Food series. Beer can be consumed throughout the exhibition grounds, but not in front of the gates.

People attend the first day of the South Plains Fair, Thursday September 22, 2022 at the South Plains Fairgrounds.

Now that beer is involved, Wallace said, organizers are also taking increased precautionary measures, including halting beer sales two hours before the show closes and increased law enforcement presence.

The fair will also feature its usual array of farming and ranching competitions, art exhibits and vendors, and a selection of sideshows and musical performances.

On average, around 170,000 people visited the fair, although according to the fair organizers there were more last year.

Last year’s show attracted 184,877 visitors – about 9 percent more than 2019 before COVID-19 and significantly more than 2020.

Three year old Bella Luna Quintero rides the South Plains Fairgrounds carousel on day one of the South Plains Fair, Thursday September 22, 2022.

Special days at the South Plains Fair

Sunday 25 September: family day: Children under 17 have free entry before 9pm

Monday 26 Sept: Veterans Day: Each veteran enters the gate for $5.

Tuesday, September 27th: Senior Day: People 60 and older can enter the gate for $5.

$2 Tuesday: Each ride is $2 each

Thursday, September 29: College Night: Show your current college ID and pass the gate for $5.

Thursday, Sept. 29th is also Wristband Day: $40 Wristband Unlimited rides from 3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m

People attend the first day of the South Plains Fair, Thursday September 22, 2022 at the South Plains Fairgrounds.

goal times

Sunday – Thursday: 8 a.m. – 11 p.m

Fridays: 8am – midnight

Saturdays: 8am – midnight

paid hours

Monday – Friday: 1:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m

Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m

carnival hours

Monday – Thursday: 3:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m

Fridays: 3pm – midnight

Saturdays: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m

Sunday: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m