August 24, 2016

Tulare County Fair encourages students to ‘Read to Ride’

TULARE – The Tulare County Fair’s “Read to Ride” program rewards 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 are required to read two library books and write a brief summary or draw a picture about the book on the official form. When the form and report are given to the librarian, the child will receive two ride tickets for every two books read. Each child is able to submit one form per day. The program ends on Wednesday, Sept. 14; ride tickets are valid on Thursday, Sept. 15. 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.”

Pre-sale carnival wristbands are available for $20 prior to Sept. 14, allowing unlimited one-day carnival rides. Wristbands will be available during the fair for $30 each. Thursday, Sept. 15, is Family Value Day, with $2 food values from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and 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, a robo car show and more.

The Fair will feature a series of motorsports events: a tractor pull on Wednesday, Sept. 14 (free with fair admission); monster truck shows on Thursday and Friday, Sept. 15 and 16 (ticketed event); and the Demolition Derby on Saturday, Sept. 17 (ticketed event). For tickets and information, visit or call 686-4707.