July 11, 2016

Tulare County Fair calling for competitive entries


TULARE – Sculptors, bakers, florists and farmers are encouraged to enter their work for display at The Tulare County Fair, Sept. 14-18.

The fair’s competitive indoor entries offer fairgoers a look at the “Bounty of the County,” with categories that include jalapeño peppers, “monstrosities” such as the largest pumpkin, honey combs, cut flowers, graphic design, quilting and more.

A new category this year is gourd art – engraved, painted or stained, noted Pamela Fyock, CEO of the Tulare County Fair. The pallet art division, introduced for the 2015 fair, will return this year. Categories include the creation of pallets as art, as furniture, as a wine rack and more.

The application form, for use with indoor exhibits only, is available online. The entry deadline has been extended to Aug. 26, in order to accommodate school schedules. However, livestock entries are due by Aug. 5 (no exceptions). A processing fee of $5 per exhibitor will be charged for online entries; the fee for hand-delivered entries is $10. The fees help offset the cost of providing displays for the enjoyment of fairgoers.

Additional information is available on the entry form at

General admission for the Tulare County Fair remains the reduced cost of $8 for adults. Admission for children ages 6 to 12 is $5. Presale carnival wristbands are available for $20, offering one-day unlimited rides, until Sept. 14, or $30 during the fair.

The Tulare County Fair will offer a week of entertainment for the family, including Gin Blossoms on opening night and WAR in concert on Thursday, Sept. 15. The fair offers free educational activities for children, the annual Junior Livestock Auction, new food booths, new carnival rides, tractor pulls, the traditional Destruction Derby and more. Visit for ongoing updates to the schedule of events or call the fairgrounds office at 686-4707.