September 6, 2016

Gold Rush Fever and RoboCars invade Tulare County Fair

TULARE – The Tulare County Fair’s line-up of free entertainment and exhibits this year will include RoboCars – costumes that change form and drive.

RoboCars is the brainchild of artist and engineer Drew Beaumier. His “drive suits” that become cars have now been seen at events around the globe.

Fairgoers can also pan for real Placer gold each day of the fair, Sept. 14-18. The Gold Rush Mining and Refining Co. will teach fairgoers how to pan for gold. Each person can try panning once for free; an additional pan will cost $5.

The Puppets and Players Little Theatre, free with gate admission, revives an art form that has entertained and educated young and old for centuries. The 2016 fair will also “Welcome to the Jungle,” a display of exotic animals based on The Jungle Book. A “Wild Science” exhibit consists of dozens of highly interactive exhibits and activities that allow kids to explore the amazing world of science and technology.

Buttercup the Cow will return, thanks to sponsors Land O’ Lakes, HR Mobile and the California Milk Advisory Board. Fairgoers can watch Pennsylvania sculptor Jim Victor create art out of hundreds of pounds of butter. In coordination with the exhibit, the Fair will display information about the dairy industry in Tulare County, where milk reigns as number one.

A street drum corps, jugglers, hypnotists and acrobats will also perform throughout the run of the fair, all free with gate admission.

Local antique farm equipment collectors will show as many as 50 antique tractors at a display south of the livestock exhibits on the fairgrounds. The collectors will also parade their tractors daily. Fair-goers will see the variety of livestock reared by local youth involved in 4H and FFA. The annual Junior Livestock Auction will take place on Saturday, Sept. 17, at the fairgrounds.

The Tulare County Fair will offer exhibits, entertainment and nightly concerts on the Budweiser Stage, free with gate admission. Headliner entertainers 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. For information, visit or call 686-4707.