October 26, 2015

Tulare County Fair Continues to Rebound

TULARE – The Dairy Replacement Auction and the Junior Livestock Auction hit a new record of over $1 million during the 2015 Tulare County Fair – and the fair itself surpassed last year’s record attendance.

The auctions generated $1.13 million, all of which goes back to the youth to support their animal projects, reported Pamela Fyock, chief executive officer of the fair.

Attendance was 117,679, up 12.2 percent, and the carnival was up 5.3 percent, to an all-time high in revenue. Food and beverage sales were up 22 percent.

“This dramatic turn-around proves that the Tulare County Fair is valued and appreciated,” Fyock said. “We’re grateful to the sponsors, the volunteers and all the people who came out to enjoy a beautiful day at the fair.”

Fairgoers at the 2015 fair enjoyed unseasonably cool temperatures, along with more “free with admission” exhibits and entertainment, an expanded carnival and fun new fair foods.

“The jalapeño corn dog and the fried cheesecake with peanut butter and jelly and bubble gum frosting were my creations, and we have concessionaires willing to give it a shot!” Fyock said. “The food is such a big part of the fair, along with the rides and great entertainment; however, the foundation of the fair remains our support of agriculture, through the animal projects and education.”

The fair continues to adjust to the loss of state funding and the challenge of improving the fairgrounds, which suffered during the recession years. The next big project is to replace pens and misters for the livestock, at a cost of nearly $350,000. The Tulare County Fair Foundation is the nonprofit organization working to raise these funds.

For information on how to support the Tulare County Fair Foundation, contact the fairgrounds at 686-4707.

The Tulare County Fair Foundation will host the 2nd annual CCPRA Rodeo on September 12th. California’s top cowboys and cowgirls will compete in all rodeo events. Local cowboys and cowgirls will be featured in a local team roping and barrel race during the rodeo. Young cowboys and cowgirls can enter the mutton busting and local kids barrel race.

This year’s Tulare County Fair runs from September 16-20th. Traditions will continue with the annual parade through the downtown Tulare streets starting at 10:00 a.m. on September 16th. We Got It! Something for everyone…Whether it’s motorsports or headline entertainment We Got It! Something for everyone. New year is a Monster Truck Show on Friday night. See the link below or the fabulous headline entertainment FREE with all Fair admission. You’ll want to get to the Fair early to guarantee a seat!

Tulare County is the number one agriculture county in California. The Fair supports the bounty of our Counties Ranchers and Farms. We will host many educational displays during the Fair. Backed by popular demand, is Buttercup the 500 lb butter cow. What will she look like this year?

We are expecting close to 125,000 guests at this year’s Fair. We Got It! Something for everyone whether it’s crazy, crazy Fair food or socializing at the new Watering Hole Saloon we host a family friendly, affordable and safe event for the entire county! Our community enjoys our friendly atmosphere, traditional county fair competitions, agriculture displays, hands-on family activities, carnival, tractor pulls and the demolition derby.

We serve our community through our youth programs. Since the beginning, our County Fair has provided a platform for local 4-H and FFA youth to show and sell livestock; demonstrate club projects; and display their arts and crafts. More recently, the Fair has opened its doors to Tulare County area elementary schools with its popular Free School Tour Program hosting students, educators and chaperones. We invite you to attend the TCFF Kick Off Rodeo on September 12th and the Tulare County Fair September 16th - 20th. Click the links below for tickets.