Tri-State Fair and Rodeo kickoff

It's that time of the year again for all of us to indulge in some deep-fried foods, fair rides, and the rodeo. That's because the Tri-State Fair and Rodeo is officially open for it's 90th year.

Friday afternoon the fairgrounds are starting to come to life. The flags are up, the rides are put together, and the smell of that delicious food is in the air. All staples showing the the Tri-State Fair and Rodeo is back.

"I couldn't tell you how many thousands of hours we have over 600 volunteers that help us throughout the year and also particularly during this time of year," said Amarillo Fair Exposition President, Gary Fletcher.

You can expect some of the same rides as in years past, as well as good food. Some of the vendors have been cooking up a good time for 20 plus years.

"It's an insane week, but it's a bunch of good friends that get together and we have a great time in the booths its kind of a fellowship time. And most of us in this booth and other booths are teachers," said Boydston's Concession Operator, Ashley Boydston.

However, there are some new attractions that will catch your eye. How about feeding a real grizzly bear? Or watching the Nerveless Knocks perform daring tricks? Something else that will be new, The PRCA's Champions Challenge will be Wednesday night. A rodeo that showcases the top seven finishers in each event from last year's world standings.

"Its an important event for us it gives us the opportunity to showcase Amarillo to the rest of the world because it is going to be televised on GAC Channel on September 29th and October 5th," said Fletcher.

Don't the parade that kicks off in downtown Amarillo Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. For ticket prices and a schedule of events, click here.