September 12, 2016

Tulare County Fair: Fun on a Budget

TULARE – The Tulare County Fair offers fun for all ages, free with admission, from Sept. 14-18.

The entertainment and performers include:

Family Value Day is Thursday, Sept. 15, offering reduced price admission and $2 food items. Admission is $4 before 4 p.m. on Family Value Day (online offer only).

Headliner entertainers this year are Gin Blossoms on Wednesday, Sept. 14; 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 concerts begin at 8 p.m. and are free with paid admission.

The fair this year will offer a free shuttle service within the K Street parking lot, thanks to sponsor Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino. In addition, for the convenience of fair-goers, the parking lot that was expanded last year will again be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The lot is located off Bardsley Avenue, between O and K streets.

The Helm and Sons carnival at this year’s fair will feature several new attractions.

Young fair-goers can experience the new Pony Express, which allows children to choose to ride a horse or a carriage around train tracks. Also new is the Happy Swing, a classic swing set amplified to a new level of fun, and the Chopper Hopper, a helicopter ride that lets kids be the pilot.

More mature fair-goers can enjoy the thrills of the new Giant Wheel, standing 110-feet tall, weighing 250,000 pounds and boasting 88,000 light bulbs. Also new this year is the zombie-themed haunted house. Old favorites will return, including Shockwave, Big Splash, the Wave Swinger and the Olympic Bobsled roller coaster.

Helm and Sons, based in Colton, CA, is known for its commitment to safety and its reputation as a high-quality amusement company, said Pam Fyock, CEO of the Tulare County Fair.

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

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 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 and to purchase tickets, visit