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Aug. 18, 2015

Tulare County Fair Announces Comedy and R&B

TULARE – The Tulare County Fair’s Budweiser Concert Series will open with comedian Paul Rodriguez on Wednesday, Sept. 16, followed on Saturday, Sept. 19, with R&B favorites Rose Royce.

Rodriguez has been a comedian and actor for over 30 years. Born in Mexico and raised in East Los Angeles, Rodriguez was named number 74 on Comedy Central’s list of “100 greatest stand-ups of all time.” He was also named “Humanitarian of the Year” by the City of Fresno for his work in the area of water conservation. He serves as chair of the Latino Water Coalition.

Rose Royce is known for such mega hits as “Car Wash” and “I Wanna Get Next to You.” The ensemble is enjoying a resurgence of popularity thanks to covers of their ballads, including a recent cover of “Love Don’t Live Here Any More” by Beyonce. After nearly four decades, the band continues to tour with the original founding members on vocals, drums, trumpet and keyboard.

Also performing on the Budweiser Stage is Foghat on Friday, Sept. 18, and “hillbilly rock” Grammy winner Marty Stuart on Sunday, Sept. 20.

The concerts, free with gate admission, begin at 8 p.m.

The 96th annual Tulare County Fair, Sept. 16-20, will offer educational activities for children and entertainment including a hypnotist and magic shows, an exotic animal exhibit, a “Wild Science” exhibit, Chinese acrobats and more, all free with gate admission. Antique tractors will be on parade and on display, along with the Great American Duck race (with live ducks), puppets and a family circus with comedians and jugglers.

New this year is the Olympic Bobsled roller coaster – along with the chance to go to the front of the line with a FASTPass wristband. The new roller coaster and the returning “Big Splash” ride introduced at the 2014 fair are worth $3.5 million and require seven semi-trailers to move. The Olympic Bobsled offers amusement park-quality twists, turns, climbs and drops and features more than 3,000 LED lights.

The pirate-themed Big Splash water ride was hugely popular in its first year at the Tulare County Fair, Oakley noted. The ride will cover more than 650 feet, or more than two football fields, of water-filled track. It has two drops of over 30 feet and a “Big Splash” finale.

For information on how to purchase wristbands, contact the fair at 686-4707. Admission is $8 for adults; $5 for children ages 6-12. Seniors 62 and older are admitted for $5 on Senior Day, Thursday, Sept. 17, from 9 a.m. to noon, sponsored by Humana.

Military Appreciation Day is Thursday, with $6 admission for active duty military with ID card. Visit www.tcfair.org for ongoing updates to the schedule of events or call the fairgrounds office at 686-4707.

Visit www.tcfair.org for ongoing updates to the schedule of events.