State fairs are often associated with fried foods, carnival rides, and the fresh scent of manure but the Utah State Fair is so much more than that! If you take time to explore you’ll find home-grown produce, agricultural exhibits, arts, crafts, live demonstrations, music, and even a sculpture made from butter.

mini pumpkins displayed at fairUtah State University Extension has always had close ties to the State Fair and this year is no exception. Staff and volunteers from Salt Lake County Extension helped with the intake of exhibit entries and judging. USU Extension will be hosting cooking demonstrations and the Salt Lake County Master Gardeners will be onsite to help answer horticulture questions so that everyone can grow blue ribbon fruits and veggies!

items at the fair

According to, 2017 will mark the 162nd year of the Utah State Fair making it the largest and longest running annual event in the state.  The fair is intended to promote Utah products and organizers “strive to blend the best of Utah tradition with new technology.” It is a fantastic and easy way for Utahans to connect to agriculture in an urban setting.

chickens on exhibit at fairquilts on exhibit at fair

Want to learn more about why the fair is as relevant as ever?  Check out the Desert News article “Why the Utah State Fair remains relevant 162 years later” and read the history of the fair on the Utah State Fair website.

Join USU Extension at the Utah State Fair  — September 7-17 at the Utah State Fairpark in Salt Lake City.

For more information and specific times/locations you can find us, click here.

We look forward to seeing you at the fair!

  • When: September 7th – 17th, 2017
  • Where: Utah State Fairgrounds – 155 North 1000 West, Salt Lake City, UT 84116
  • Cost: $8 – $10