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Fireworks and Ferris Wheels: Top State Fairs for Summer Romance 2023

By Stuart Hughes

With the arrival of summer, it brings with it the start of state fair season – a beloved and family-focused tradition. But for those seeking romance this summer, we’ve blended these two experiences and created a list of top state fairs for summer romance.

As you might know, state fairs were established to promote and celebrate the region’s agricultural traditions. However, nowadays, state fairs have evolved and expanded massively to include thrill-seeking amusement rides, delicious food, and unforgettable experiences, drawing in millions of guests annually.

With this in mind, where better to meet the partner of your dreams than surround yourself with like-minded people who love to have fun? Grab your sunscreen and sunglasses as we explore our top state fairs for summer romance.

Indiana State Fair, Indianapolis, Indiana

July 28 – August 20, 2023

As we kick off our summer of romance and state fair adventures, we’re making our way to the Hoosier State and Indiana State Fair in Indianapolis. Dating back to October 1852, the Indiana State Fair is a perfect fusion of agriculture, tradition, local cuisine, and exceptional entertainment. No wonder it’s one of our top state fairs for summer romance.

Although the Indiana State Fair has chosen ‘basketball’ as its 2023 theme, we invite you to journey into the past to find a new life partner. If you’re pursuing romance and enjoy time travel, visit the unique Pioneer Village and experience life as it was in the 1800s. Perhaps you’ll chance upon your soulmate while exploring the Antique Tractor Exhibition or enjoying the musical melodies of the historic Fiddle Contest.

Take a ride on the Sleep Number Skyride for optimal views of the Indiana State Fair, especially if you’re fortunate enough to have found love. Enjoy your romantic connection with a beautiful panoramic view over this top state fair.

Enjoy the Indiana State Fair by booking early at the Best Western Fishers Indianapolis Area, Indiana.

Wisconsin State Fair, West Allis, Wisconsin

August 3 – August 13, 2023

On our tour of the nation’s top state fairs, our next destination is the Wisconsin State Fair in West Allis, Wisconsin, in the Badger State. This fair, the oldest event on our top state fairs shortlist, the Wisconsin State Fair, was initially first held in Janesville, Wisconsin, in 1851.

For those looking for a summer romance, we will utilize Wisconsin’s best-know signature culinary dish – the iconic original Cream Puff, to find you a spouse. After all, who wouldn’t want to share this beloved tradition and classic pastry with someone new? With an average of over 400,000 sold each year, those are pretty good odds of finding love with a like-minded devotee!

As one of our best state fairs to visit this summer, love birds should head over to the Giant Slide for a 200-foot-long ride to find your feet again. Afterward, head to the Wisconsin State Fair Main Stage to catch musical headliners, including Trace Adkins and ALABAMA with Exile.

Enjoy the Wisconsin State Fair by booking early at the Best Western Plus Milwaukee West, Wisconsin.

Iowa State Fair, Des Moines, Iowa

August 10 – August 20, 2023

When it comes to great music, the Iowa State Fair automatically ranks highly in our list of top state fairs. Starting life in 1854, the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines has long been recognized as one of the nation’s oldest and largest agricultural expositions. Nowadays, this top state fair boasts spectacular amusement rides and a fantastic Grandstand musical lineup.

They say music is the food of love, so with this in mind, we’re hoping you’ll meet somebody new at the Iowa State Fair in 2023. Here in the Hawkeye State, you might catch someone’s glance as you dance your heart out at this great music festival. With New Kids on the Block, The Chicks, and FOR KING + COUNTRY headlining this summer, you’re bound to bond with a fellow band fanatic.

Enjoy the Iowa State Fair by booking early at the Best Western Premier Ankeny Hotel, Iowa.

Minnesota State Fair, St. Paul, Minnesota

August 24 – September 4, 2023

As one of the biggest state fairs during the summer season, the Minnesota State Fair rightfully deserves a spot in our list of top state fairs for 2023. Drawing in more than two million visitors annually, visiting the Minnesota state fair could significantly enhance your odds of finding a summer romance in the North Star State.

With a host of amazing attractions, jump on the Skyride and SkyGlider rides for fantastic birds-eye views of the Minnesota State Fair in St. Paul, Minnesota. And for those looking for romance, look no further than the Ye Old Mill ride… as the oldest attraction at this top state fair, why not take a romantic boat ride in what is touted as ‘the original tunnel of love’ attraction.

If you’re after 12 days of action-packed adventure, make sure you’re at the Minnesota State Fair this summer. From exciting carnival rides and a variety of food stands to incredible musical performances by top headliners like Duran Duran, Boyz II Men, and Chaka Khan, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in St. Paul in 2023.

Enjoy the Minnesota State Fair by booking early at the Best Western Plus St. Paul North / Shoreview, Minnesota.

Texas State Fair, Dallas, Texas

September 29 – October 22, 2023

When it comes to compiling a list of the best state fairs to see in 2023, it’s impossible to overlook the Texas State Fair in Dallas and the Lone Star State. With 24 consecutive days of festivities and a 55-foot-tall statue called ‘Big Tex,’ we had to include the State Fair of Texas in our shortlist of top state fairs for summer romance.

However, we’ve chosen our final top state fair of the season specifically for you sports enthusiasts seeking romance. That’s because every summer, the Prairie View A&M Panthers and the Grambling State Tigers face off at the Cotton Bowl Stadium located in the heart of the grounds. It’s an ideal place to meet a like-minded football fan while watching these two teams battling it out on the field.

With a fantastic array of Lone Star cooking, amusement rides, and Grammy award-winning Ashanti headlining the incredible State Fair of Texas this summer, we hope to see you at this top state fair this summer.

Enjoy the Texas State Fair by booking early at the Best Western Northwest Inn in Dallas, Texas.

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