LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Though fun - enjoying the fair can quickly turn expensive. But there are plenty of free options out here, and many other ways to save money.
For a family of four, eating and playing a few games can cost a pretty penny. There are many different attractions and shows for free, and Thursday by helping feed needy families, the South Plains Food Bank will help you save money here at the fair.
The fair isn't cheap, especially for families. Food and fun can leave your pockets pretty empty, but there are some ways to save. "You don't have to come blow $100 if you don't want to. Come throw a $20 down, get some corndogs, walk around, see the exhibits, have fun, see the animals," said the Ezra Family.
The Ezra Family cuts corners by coming before 1 p.m. for free admission and free parking. "I think they have a lot of free stuff to try and help people out and we appreciate it," Ezra Family.
On Thursday, if folks brought three canned goods for the South Plains Food Bank, they received two wrist bands for the price of one, which is a big deal for big families.
But that's just one way to save. There are bears on balls, sharks shows, magic acts and lots more for free. There's even a petting zoo which seems to be a favorite among the children. "Once you come in the fairgrounds we have seven free acts around the grounds," said Herb Higgs.
There are bears on balls, sharks shows, magic acts and lots more for free. There's even a petting zoo which seems to be a favorite among the children. "This is our favorite thing to do at the fair. My grandsons absolutely love the animals, we've already seen the animals," Jane Bromley.
Last year 18,000 pounds of can goods were brought out to the fair.
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