2017 State Fair Discounts

- The State Fair of Texas is back on Friday. Before you bust your family’s budget, consumer reporter Steve Noviello shares some deals. He said there is no reason for anyone to pay full price.

The list of fair deals was extended this year to cover every day of the week. If you’re paying full price for a ticket, you’re doing it wrong.

First, you can always get in cheaper than full price if you buy your tickets online, with a group or through Kroger or DART.

But there are deeper discounts if you are willing to go to the fair on specific days. For example, on opening day all active and retired military veterans get in for free.

Or, if you bring a full 20-ounce bottle of Dasani water (or any Coke product) to be donated to the North Texas Food Bank you can get in for only $10 on opening day.

On any day of the week, grab a McDonald’s coupon and get $5 off adult general admission and half off a kid’s ticket.

Any day of the week after 5 p.m., bring an empty can of Dr. Pepper and pay half of the regular $18 admission.

If you want to go earlier in the day, bring an empty Dr. Pepper on Tuesdays and get in for $6 plus reduced ride prices on the Midway.

Come any Wednesday and bring four cans of food for the North Texas Food Bank. You’ll get in for $4.

Thursday is the day to save. Seniors 60 and older get in free. Bring in an empty 20-ounce Coke product and you’ll get in for $7.

Coca Cola also sponsors Thrifty Thursdays. It’s a good option for your wallet and your waistline. You can sample mini portions of some popular fair foods at a discounted rate.

If nothing else, buy your tickets in advance online and save. To do just that or to see the full list of deals and discounts, visit bigtex.com/discounts/.

The fair runs through Oct. 22.

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