2017 Utah State Fair gets rolling with Opening Day

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SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Utah News) -The 2017 Utah State Fair is officially underway. The 11 day extravaganza of livestock, rodeos, concerts, food, rides and slides kicked off Thursday with Opening Day.

“There’s nothing like Opening Day. I mean, look at the energy here,” State Fair spokesman Shane Murphy told ABC4 Utah News. “People love to come out and go to the carnival rides. There’s all types of vendors here. There’s music you can see, comedy shows.”

The thrill rides were back on the Midway Thursday afternoon, spinning, dropping and whirling screaming riders.

“All the classic rides that our guests are used to seeing,” Jeff Kooring of the Utah State Fair said while riding the Ferris Wheel. “But we also have another one that arrives tomorrow. It’s called Hard Rock so it’s a new ride. It’s a spinny ride so certainly not something I can handle.”

Meanwhile at Sweet Cheeks, it’s always Fry Day. They batter and deep fry everything there including Oreos, Pop Tarts, bacon wrapped Reese’s Cups and their newest creation, the fried cannoli.

“It’s got the real hard crisp cannoli shell and it’s stuffed with custard inside of it,” Brian Bradbury of Sweet Cheeks explained. “We actually batter it, deep fry it , put some powdered sugar on it. It’s absolutely delicious.”

With all the food choices, even some one-week olds were making pigs of themselves.

Sheri Rothlisberger said that the baby pigs were the biggest hit with kids at the livestock area.

“These baby pigs are a week old and they’re a lot of fun,” Rothlisberger said. “A lot of people have been comparing them to puppies in that they like to play. They like to run and carry on.”

Now that the Fair is up and running, it’s all downhill from here.

The Fair runs through September 17th. Monday is ABC4 Utah Family Value Day.  Kids 12 and under get in free, everybody else is $8 and if you buy an all you can ride wristband you’ll get a second one free.

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