August 29, 2016

Rodeos and Roaring Engines at Tulare County Fair

TULARE – Fairgoers this year can enjoy a fundraiser rodeo, a Gran Jaripeo Mexican-style rodeo and three nights of motor sports.

Fair season kicks off with an American-style rodeo on Saturday, Sept. 10, including a rodeo clown and concluding with a dance featuring Central Coast band Odonovan. The rodeo is a fundraiser for the Tulare County Fair Foundation.

The Tractor Pull, free with gate admission, is Wednesday, Sept. 14. Gates open at 6 p.m.; show begins at 7 p.m.

The Monster Truck shows, Sept. 15 and 16, will include Trouble Maker, Double Trouble, Obsessed, Play’n for Keeps and Enforcer, plus freestyle Motocross. Gates open at 6 p.m.; show begins at 7 p.m. The Demolition Derby on Saturday, Sept. 17, begins at 6 p.m.; gates open at 5 p.m. For ticket information on these events, visit Discounts are available until Sept. 1. Ticket prices for the Motorsports Series do not include gate admission.

The Gran Jaripeo will be held on Sunday, Sept. 18, in the grandstands. It will feature 15 riders and rodeo clowns and will conclude with a dance featuring Ramon Ayala, Banda Machos and Cinco de Reyes. Doors open at 4 p.m. and the rodeo begins at 4:30 p.m. Tickets are available at outlets throughout the South Valley, including Joyerias Marias en Dinuba, Tulare, Visalia and Porterville; Muebleria Fantastica in Visalia and Hanford; and Moda Latina in Tulare. The Gran Jaripeo ticket cost includes admission to the fair.

For details on tickets for the two rodeos and the monster truck show, visit

The headliner concert series this year features Gin Blossoms on opening night; WAR on Thursday, Sept. 15; Colt Ford on Friday, Sept. 16; En Vogue on Saturday, Sept. 17; and The Boxmasters, featuring Billy Bob Thornton, on Sunday, Sept. 18, all free with paid fair admission. All concerts begin at 8 p.m. on the Budweiser Stage.