August 7, 2017

Competitions galore at 2017 Tulare County Fair

TULARE – If you can create the best scarecrow, grow the biggest tomato, eat the most pie or down the most corn dogs, the Tulare County Fair is the place to be.

And new this year, Tulare County high school students can compete for bragging rights as having the most school spirit.

Adults and juniors are encouraged to enter their homegrown or handmade items for judging and the chance to boast about their blue ribbon. Details are available online at Entries are due by Friday, Aug. 25.

The ever-popular corn dog-eating contest, sponsored by Milo’s Corn Dogs, will be held at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16, at the Eagle Mountain Stage. The first-place winner wins $500; second and third place winners win $200 and $100 respectively. Entry is $10 per person in advance; $15 per entry after Wednesday, Sept. 13. Forms are available at

Young performers can also compete to win cash and prizes. Auditions will be held on Sunday, Sept. 17, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The finals will take place at 3 p.m. at the Eagle Mountain Stage. Contestants must be 14 years old and accompanied by a parent or guardian. Entry for participant and one chaperone is free; parking is $6. The winner takes the grand prize of $150 plus surprise gifts; second and third place winners receive $75 and $50, respectively, plus gifts.

For details on these contests, call 686-4707 or email Tina Novoa,

Pie-lovers have five minutes to eat as much pie as they can on Sunday, Sept. 17, for a chance to win two meet-and-greet tickets and reserved seating at the Tower of Power concert that evening. The contest, open to adults 18 and older, begins at 5 p.m. at the Eagle Mountain Stage.

The High School Madness Games, open to all schools in Tulare County, will be held on opening day, Wednesday, Sept. 13. Grandstand doors open at 5 p.m.; the competition begins at 6 p.m. Events planned include a human pyramid, tug of war, human ring toss, cheer competition, drum line competition and mascot dance battle. Schools interested in participating are asked to call the Fair office at 686-4707 by Wednesday, Aug. 30. Entries are due by Monday, Sept. 4. Prizes ranging from $500 to $100 will be paid to the school ASB.

The Tulare County Fair will run Sept. 13-17, offering a week of entertainment for the family, educational activities for children, the annual Junior Livestock Auction (on Sunday, Sept. 17), fair food, fun rides and more.

Visit for ongoing updates to the schedule of events or call the fairgrounds office at 686-4707.