The Grounds will host the 61st annual Greater Gulf State Fair from Oct. 30 – Nov. 8, 2015. This year’s Fair will feature a new theme “Lions, Tigers, THE FAIR, Oh My” with a full schedule of Wizard of Oz themed entertainment and design. This year’s Fair is built to celebrate one of the greatest films in cinematic history while also including 30 adult rides, 30 kid rides, and a must-see entertainment lineup!

The all-new entertainment lineup will be showcased in “The Grounds Experience,” an exclusive entertainment area designed to host different entertainment each year of the Fair. This year, “The Grounds Experience” will highlight unique entertainment experiences that embrace all things Oz including:

• Live Tiger Encounter – Complete with live performing tigers and educational shows
Live Wildlife Encounter – Complete with live performing Lions, Bears, Monkeys, and an educational show
Venardos’ Circus of Oz – Kevin Venardos, former Ringling Brothers Ring Master, will lead this custom designed Wizard of Oz inspired circus show
Jimmy Riffle of the Gator Boys crew will wow the crowd with daily gator wrestling and educational shows

Other highlights include a 20-foot tall Emerald City designed by artists and built with thousands of pounds of recycled bottles provided by Keep Mobile Beautiful. In addition, spectators can enjoy the return of the giant sandbox creation station where children and adults can take a break and play in the sand.

“The 2015 Fair is focused on creating the cleanest, most family-friendly event in America,” said Scott Tindle, executive director of The Grounds. “We are very proud of the efforts put forth to create a supreme regional event with superior guest service. We intend to continue to enhance that standard each year.”

Mike Milford, board president of The Grounds, continued, “We want to provide our guests a fun experience centered around Fair traditions, while providing new attractions so every time they come to the Greater Gulf State Fair, there is something new to experience.”

Returning from last year’s Fair are the unlimited ride armbands, the Midway Access Pass, Noah’s Way Petting Zoo and the PCA Stampede and Rodeo!

Tickets are on sale now! To purchase your tickets or for more information about the 2015 Fair, please visit thegroundsmobile.com.