September 8, 2015

Tulare County Fair Announces Opening Day Parade Grand Marshals

TULARE – The traditional parade that kicks off the Tulare County Fair will honor Lawrence and Shirley Coelho, owners of Coelho Meat Company in Tulare, as grand marshals.

The fair runs Sept. 16-20 and kicks off with the parade that begins at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 16.

According to the Coelhos’ son, Brian, the family has supported the Junior Livestock Auction and the replacement heifer auction by bidding on and buying animals. They have also financially supported improvements to the fairgrounds over the past 35 years.

“My parents support the Fair because of what it teaches youth ­– the kids develop a good work ethic through the responsibility of raising their animals,” Coelho noted. “We believe that the youth livestock competition and auction are the grassroots of the fair, and we want to see the fair continue as a great place for families to gather to enjoy themselves and show their animals.”

The Fair’s greatest need now for the youth livestock program is new pens, misters, and fans, which carry a price tag of about $350,000, according to Pamela Fyock, CEO of the fair. The Tulare County Fair Foundation’s rodeo, Saturday, Sept. 12, is a fundraiser for the livestock area improvement project. Gates open for the rodeo at 5 p.m. and the rodeo begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 presale or $13 at the gate. A dance with Branded Heart follows the rodeo. Tickets are available at

The 96th annual Tulare County Fair will feature new rides, new fun food items and a three-night Motor Sports Show beginning with a tractor pull on Thursday, Sept. 17, free with Fair admission. Gates open at 6 p.m.; the pull begins at 7 p.m. The pull is free with gate admission.

Pullers from around the region will participate, and local competitors are encouraged to join. Registrations, with a $40 entry fee, will be taken from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday.  The registration form is also available online at Approximately 40 tractors are expected to compete.

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 $12 before Sept. 17; $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 $20 before Sept. 12; $25 at the gate. Children under 4 are admitted free of charge.

The Tulare County Fair always offers a wealth of educational activities for children and entertainment. The 2015 edition will offer 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.

Buttercup the Cow makes her return, with a whole new look at what can be done with nearly 500 pounds of butter. The glamour camping display with daily cooking shows is back by popular demand.

Headliners on the Budweiser Stage are comedian Paul Rodriguez on opening night; Kellie Pickler on Thursday, Sept. 17; classic rockers Foghat on Friday, Sept. 18; Rose Royce on Saturday, Sept. 19; and Marty Stuart with Aubrie Rose on Sunday, Sept. 20. All concerts are free with paid gate admission.

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 $6 on Senior Day, Thursday, Sept. 17, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., sponsored by Humana.

Military Appreciation Day is Thursday, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with $6 admission for active duty military with ID card.

Visit to purchase tickets and for ongoing updates to the schedule of events, or call the fairgrounds office at 686-4707.