6 Things To Do At The 2017 Delta Fair

Posted by Holly Whitfield | August 30th 2017 1796 0

Grab a pack of friends, slather on some sunscreen, and head to the annual Delta Fair and Music Festival, happening at the Agricenter September 1 through 10, 2017.

Delta Fair Midway, Memphis, Tenn.

There are a ton of things to do and see at the fair, so I’ve narrowed it down into a list of the six things you should absolutely check out while you’re there:

1. Eat some kind of food on a stick.

Do you have any idea how many different varieties of foods you can get on a stick at the Delta Fair? I don’t have an exact number, but my guess is that there are more than a dozen food items – including chicken, coconut shrimp, apples, bananas and sausage – that have been skewered for your enjoyment.

2. See a 200-pound watermelon, or something equally crazy.

200-pound Watermelon, Delta Fair, Memphis, Tenn.

The Delta Fair isn’t just about rides and bands – it’s also about domestic competition. Take a few minutes and walk through the air conditioned wing of the Agricenter that houses the fair’s cooking, crafting and gardening competitions. You can see award-winning cakes, insanely intricate handmade clothing, student art work, paper plates of okra and peppers and two seriously large watermelons.

3. Go to the petting zoo.

Goatface Killah, Delta Fair, Memphis, Tenn.

All of the attractions on the Delta Fair’s midway require tickets except for one – the petting zoo. It’s completely free and the adorable goats will warm hearts hardened by long lines and heat. If goats aren’t your thing, you can also befriend an osterich, a water buffalo, several cattle and a camel.

4. See the classic cars.

Classic cars, Delta Fair, Memphis, Tenn.

Here’s another thing you can do when you need a break from the heat: go inside the Agricenter to check out the classic car show. There are cars ranging from Model T’s to Bel Airs to one franken-vehicle called the Hillbilly Limbmozene.

5. Do at least one silly thing on the Midway.

Ride the Ferris wheel. Eat a weirdly flavored funnel cake. Take a ride on the giant, swinging pirate ship. Pet a llama. Go into one of the fun houses. Pay 50 cents to see the mermaid or obey the recorded hype man outside of the freak show (“She’s 27 inches tall and alive on the inside! Mermaids’ favorite color is yellow!”). See the giant pig, play some games, let someone guess your weight. Compete in some pig wrastlin’. Just do something silly and fun that you wouldn’t normally do.

6. Check out the live music.

The Delta Fair is stepping up their live music game this year with 15o local and national acts on three stages every day of the event. You can check out the whole lineup here, but the highlights include country, pop, Latin, and hip hops artists like Blackberry Smoke, Bellamy Brothers, Hip Hop Night on Sept. 7, and Aaron Carter….THE AARON CARTER.

The Delta Fair and Music Festival is open daily until September 10. The hours vary by day, and tickets are $10 for adults (ages 13 and up), $5 for kids and seniors and free for kids ages 4 and under. Wristbands for unlimited midway rides are $25, but you can get them for $10 on Tuesdays. There are special rules for unaccompanied teens, so check out the ticket info page here.

Go there:

Delta Fair and Music Festival

September 1 – 10, 2017

Agricenter International
7777 Walnut Grove Road
Memphis, TN 38120

This post is an updated version of a post from 2012.


Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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  1. Chris Riley says:

    Cage the Elephant rocks!!!!!

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