September 17, 2015

Tulare County Fair opens with strong attendance

Opening day for the 96th annual Tulare County Fair generated a 13 percent increase in the carnival, a 9 percent increase in parking and a 3 percent increase in attendance – over the 2014 fair’s record-setting 67.9% increase in attendance.

The fair this year is offering new exhibits, amusement park-quality rides, new fun food items and exceptional weather, noted Pamela Fyock, chief executive officer of the fair.

“I’m told the fair has never had these cool temperatures,” Fyock said. “The weather and the best fair ever will contribute to a great week as we continue to build attendance.”

The Tulare County Fair runs through Sunday, Sept. 20. Classic rockers Foghat perform on Friday, Sept. 18; Rose Royce on Saturday, Sept. 19; and Marty Stuart, with Aubrie Sellers, on Sunday, Sept. 20. All concerts begin at 8 p.m. and are free with paid gate admission.

Thursday through Saturday, Creedence Clearwater Revival tribute band Fortunate Son will perform at 7 and 9 p.m. Fandango, a ZZ Top tribute band, will perform at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Thursday and Saturday.

Also free with gate admission are daily performances by the Chinese Acrobats of Hebei, a display of incredible acrobatics, stunning costumes and beautiful music. The performances take place on the Eagle Mountain Stage at 10:30, 11:30 and 12:30 on Thursday and Friday; and at 2 p.m. 3:30 and 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

A Monster Truck show will be held on Friday, Sept. 18. Gates open at 6 p.m.; the show begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the gate. Children ages 5 to 12 are admitted for $5 presale, or $8 at the gate. Children under 4 are admitted free of charge.

The popular Demolition Derby will be held on Saturday, Sept. 19. Gates open at 5 p.m.; the show begins at 6 p.m. Tickets are $25 at the gate. Children under 4 are admitted free of charge.

Fairgoers who bring at least 3 cans of food on Sunday, Sept. 20, will receive a 50 percent discount on admission.

Admission is $8 for adults; $5 for children ages 6-12. Visit for the full schedule of events.