Built as "Amarillo’s number one family event since 1923," the Tri-State Fair is back in town.

It's more than just games, rides and fair food. The TSF is packed with entertainment and education. There are daily livestock shows during the nine-day run, as well as contests in textiles, cooking, garden, agronomy and more. On the ER Now Family Stage there will be magicians, a hypnotist and an interactive kids game show where children in the audience can participate. This year the fair also features a sea lion show, which is new to Amarillo.

"It's a great place for families to get together, to come and see some shows. Not only do we have live music, we've got a rodeo, an extreme Pogo show, and entertainment every day," said Angela Ragland, Tri-State Fair sponsorship and marketing director.

The fair has been a continual experience for about 95 years, except when it wasn't held during times of war. This year, they're doing away with tokens, and implementing the use of Magic Money to pay for rides, games and concessions. The card does have a $2 surcharge and you can purchase it and load it at the ticket counters. You can purchase Magic Money in $20 increments, they don't expire and there is no cost to reload. You can keep track of your balance with the free Magic Money app, available on your phone's app store. Fret not if you still have tokens, they will still be accepted, but only this season.

In a ongoing tradition that has occurred one year less than the fair, Fiesta Foods stepped up to sponsor the $7,000 kickoff parade.

"It's a tradition. Families have brought their children and grandchildren for years to the parade," Ragland said. "We are very appreciative that Fiesta Foods was willing to step forward and help us keep that tradition alive."

The Fiesta Foods sponsored parade will begin at 10 a.m., starting at 11th Ave. and Polk Street.

Go to tristatefair.com for pricing and more information.