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Scott Munz



September in Oklahoma ranks high on the olfactory chart. Depending on the direction of the wind, a late-summer breeze can come dressed in either the rapturous scents of cinnamon rolls, funnel cakes and Indian tacos… or the livestock barn.

One whiff of any of those and you’ll know it’s State Fair time – an 11-day bonanza of fragrances (September 13-23) that takes about 11 months to plan.
Eleven months and 24 years, that is. That’s how long Scott Munz, vice-president of marketing and PR for the State Fair of Oklahoma, has been perfecting this colossal, annual rite of fall and its colorful succession of performances, events, rides and countless exhibits.

We pointed our spotlight his direction this month and found Munz licking his chops beside the cinnamon roll trailer.

How long have you had this gig? This is my 24th Oklahoma State Fair.

How has the fair changed in 24 years? The rides are way more elaborate than they used to be. They’re multi-million dollar machines that are tricked out with LEDs and spin you even more directions.

So, there are more directions for “returning” your funnel cake? Yes. Watch out – the “Spin Out” will get ya.

Do you still ride rides like that? The non-qualifiers are: 1.) Bad back; 2.) Pregnancy; and 3.) High blood pressure…

And 4.) Just ate funnel cake. Exactly. I qualify for #1 and #3, so I don’t ride anymore, but my kids love all those rides and my wife, Lisa, is a good sport to go along.

…while you wait in the cinnamon roll line? I get here pretty early during the fair, so I can sometimes beat the lines for any of the Big 3. But on a Saturday at 1pm, forget it.

What are the Big 3? Cinnamon rolls, turkey legs and Indian tacos.

Mmmmmmm! What other fair rituals do you observe every year? Well, we don’t hold hands at the bottom of the Space Needle and sing “Kumbaya,” if that’s what you mean.

This could be the year you start! The best part is seeing the same people – it’s only one time a year, but after so many years, we’ve all become friends. For years a guy named Andy Anderson – we called him The Iron Man – used to climb up to the top of the Space Needle (wearing his blue leisure suit) to change the light bulbs. We finally retired him. He was 80.

What do you consider your best decision as it relates to this job? The best decision I’ve made is just to embrace this position and face whatever comes with it, head-on. You never know what you’re going to get from one day to the next – you may prefer not to work in the pouring rain, but sometimes, you’ve just got to put your boots on and get out there.

I thought you were going to say that sometimes, you’ve just got to put on your blue leisure suit and get out there. It can’t be easy to pull off an event of this scope. It helps that I have a tremendous staff of the same mindset. They make it happen.

Where are you from originally? New York. Born in Brooklyn. Grew up in Hicksville, Billy Joel’s hometown.

Did you know him? Only casually. We had mixers at my high school and he’d always come and play with his band, The Hassles.

How did Billy Joel let you escape to Oklahoma? I worked in concert promotions in the ’60s. I had an undergraduate degree in psychology and a minor in sociology, so what else was I going to do? My buddy and I drove here in our VW Microbus for an event in Tulsa.

You were an ad for the ’60s! Yep. I had the cred AND the toys.

Have you kept up your musical interests? Yes. In fact, I consider myself to be something of a rock ‘n’ roll historian.

Tell me what’s on your iPod. Well, I’ve got about 2,000 songs – all handpicked, of course – and they run the gamut. Let’s just see here… (taking out his iPod)… “You’re the Hangnail of My Life and I Can’t Bite You Off” is on here. “Baby Got Back” is a great one. Oh, I like this one: “It’s Hard to Kiss the Lips at Night That Chew Your Ass Out All Day Long.”

Any Maureen McGovern? No. But I’ve got some Smokin’ Armadillos.

I thought I smelled something cooking.   

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More than 20 speakers in a one-track session designed for the digital marketing professional, marketer, business owner or anyone interested in branding, PR, advertising, social media, SEO, search,...

Cost: $250

Where:
Tower Theatre
425 NW 23rd St
Oklahoma City, OK  73103
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Sponsor: BigWing
Telephone: 405.475.4185
Contact Name: Janelle Archer
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This year will mark the eighth time the John F. Kennedy Awards have been celebrated, honoring individuals making a significant contribution to Oklahoma, its communities and its people, while paying...

Cost: $300

Where:
Skirvin Hilton Hotel
1 Park Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
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Sponsor: Santa Fe Family Life Center
Telephone: 405-840-1817
Contact Name: James Timberlake
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More than 20 speakers in a one-track session designed for the digital marketing professional, marketer, business owner or anyone interested in branding, PR, advertising, social media, SEO, search,...

Cost: $250

Where:
Tower Theatre
425 NW 23rd St
Oklahoma City, OK  73103
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Sponsor: BigWing
Telephone: 405.475.4185
Contact Name: Janelle Archer
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Price Tower Art Gallery in Bartlesville will host Women Artists of the West's 48th annual juried art exhibition, featuring over 200 original art works, created by women in all mediums, subjects...

Cost: Free 2018-09-21,22,23

Where:
Price Tower Art Gallery
510 S. Dewey Ave.
Bartlesville, OK  74003
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Sponsor: Price Tower Arts Center
Telephone: 918.336.4949
Contact Name: Angelina Bourgou
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Escape the ordinary, and learn about OKC from a different point of view. Relax in the climate controlled cabin on one of our 65’ cruisers, or enjoy the breeze on the viewing deck and listen...

Cost: $15 for Seniors and kids under 12, $20 Adults

Where:
Regatta Landing
701 S. Lincoln Blvd.
OKC, OK  73109
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Telephone: 405.702.7755
Contact Name: Business Office
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A fabulous art auction to raise money to help support Oklahoma A+ Schools at UCO.

Cost: $100

Where:
CHK|Central Boathouse
732 Riversport Dr.
Oklahoma City, OK  73129
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Sponsor: Oklahoma A+ Schools at UCO
Telephone: 405.974.3791
Contact Name: Heather Bryant
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The evening Cocktail Cruise offers stunning views of the downtown skyline, the Boathouse District and Finish Line Tower, the Wheeler Ferris wheel and quite possibly an amazing Oklahoma sunset. Come...

Cost: $15 for Seniors and kids under 12, $20 Adults

Where:
Regatta Landing
701 S. Lincoln Blvd.
OKC, OK  73109
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Telephone: 405.702.7755
Contact Name: Business Office
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Join supporters in communities across the nation for the St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. This family-friendly event raises funds to support the...

Cost: $10 for adults or children six and older

Where:
Stars and Stripes Park
3701 S. Lake Hefner Drive
Oklahoma City , OK  73116
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Telephone: 405.403.7762
Contact Name: Emily Drover
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Let’s end childhood cancer. Together! This September, supporters across the country will unite to participate in the St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer, an exciting, family-friendly...

Cost: $10 for Registration

Where:
Stars and Stripes Park
3701 S Lake Hefner Dr
Oklahoma City, OK  73116
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Sponsor: ALSAC St. Jude Oklahoma City
Telephone: 405.403.7762
Contact Name: Emily Drover
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Price Tower Art Gallery in Bartlesville will host Women Artists of the West's 48th annual juried art exhibition, featuring over 200 original art works, created by women in all mediums, subjects...

Cost: Free 2018-09-21,22,23

Where:
Price Tower Art Gallery
510 S. Dewey Ave.
Bartlesville, OK  74003
View map »


Sponsor: Price Tower Arts Center
Telephone: 918.336.4949
Contact Name: Angelina Bourgou
Website »

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Escape the ordinary, and learn about OKC from a different point of view. Relax in the climate controlled cabin on one of our 65’ cruisers, or enjoy the breeze on the viewing deck and listen...

Cost: $15 for Seniors and kids under 12, $20 Adults

Where:
Regatta Landing
701 S. Lincoln Blvd.
OKC, OK  73109
View map »


Telephone: 405.702.7755
Contact Name: Business Office
Website »

More information

The evening Cocktail Cruise offers stunning views of the downtown skyline, the Boathouse District and Finish Line Tower, the Wheeler Ferris wheel and quite possibly an amazing Oklahoma sunset. Come...

Cost: $15 for Seniors and kids under 12, $20 Adults

Where:
Regatta Landing
701 S. Lincoln Blvd.
OKC, OK  73109
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Telephone: 405.702.7755
Contact Name: Business Office
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