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Aug. 5, 2015

Tulare County Fair encourages students to ‘Read to Ride’

TULARE – The “Read to Ride” program introduced last year continues this year, with the Tulare County Fair rewarding children with carnival ride tickets for every two books they read.

The Read to Ride contest is open to children kindergarten through eighth grade. Children will receive two ride tickets for every two books they read, and they will need to write a brief summary or draw a picture that describes the book. The program ends on Wednesday, Sept. 16; ride tickets are valid on Thursday, Sept. 17. Offer valid while supplies last.

All public libraries in Tulare County are participating in the contest.

“The Tulare County Fair offers many opportunities for kids to learn and this program is all about encouraging them to read,” said Fair CEO Pamela Fyock. “Whether it’s competing in the livestock arena, learning about exotic animals or having fun while being reminded to wash your hands – kids will learn during the Fair.”

The fair’s carnival will offer about 40 rides, including some new surprises, and will ensure carnival fun for people of all ages. Pre-sale wristbands are available for $20 prior to Sept. 15, allowing unlimited one-day carnival rides. Wristbands will be available during the fair for $30 each. New this year is a one-day fast-pass for $50, allowing a set number of riders to go to the front of the line at each ride. Sept. 18 is Friday Family Value Day, with admission just $4 per person before 4 p.m.

Throughout fair week, local entertainers will perform on community stages, and fairgoers can enjoy an exotic animal exhibit, magic shows, puppet shows, Chinese acrobats and more. Fairgoers will also enjoy ZZ Top and Creedence Clearwater Revival tribute bands.

The Fair will feature a series of motorsports events: a tractor pull on Thursday, Sept. 17 (free with fair admission); a monster truck show on Friday, Sept. 18 (ticketed event); and the Demolition Derby on Saturday, Sept. 19 (ticketed event). For tickets and information, visit www.tcfair.org or call 686-4707.