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August 20, 2018

Deadlines for Tulare County Fair exhibits and parade entries approaching

If you walk, roll, ride, drive, paint, garden, bake, sew or more, then take note that deadlines are approaching to participate in the Tulare County Fair’s indoor exhibits program and the annual parade.

DIYers of all ages are invited to show off their hobbies or crafts at the 2018 Tulare County Fair, but the deadline to enter is this week, Aug. 24. Both adult and junior exhibit entries are accepted online through midnight on deadline day. Paper entries will be accepted at the fair office on K Street in Tulare, but only until 5 p.m. This is the last year that paper entries will be accepted, so exhibitors are encouraged to transition to the easy online entry process. Entries are just $5 per person, no matter how many categories are entered.

Exhibit divisions include agriculture/horticulture; arts and crafts; foods; baking contests; clothing; floral (fresh and dried arrangements); fine arts; needle crafts/stitchery; photography; plants; preserved foods; quilting; and table settings. The exhibit handbook with all contest details, and online entry, is available at https://tcfair.org/competitions_contests.php.

The deadline for the Tulare County Fair’s opening day parade is also approaching. Parade participants have until Sept. 1 to show their county spirit at the Sept. 12 parade. The parade celebrates the Bounty of the County, economics, education and entertainment within Tulare County. Floats, company mascots, motor vehicles, tractors, wagons and more are welcome. Online parade entry fees are free at https://tcfair.org/parade.php. In-person parade entries are also accepted at the fair office but require a $25 hand-processing fee.

“We invite parade participants and spectators to visit the Tulare County Fair immediately following the parade,” said Pamela Fyock, chief executive officer of the Tulare County Fair. Fair gates will open at 11 a.m. on Sept. 12. Kids under 12 years old will enjoy free admission to the Fair on opening day. “The great news is that all parade entrants from 13-17 years old will receive one free fair admission,” said Fyock. All other fair admissions can be purchased at the gate on opening day for $9, or at a discount rate of $7 in advance of Sept. 12 at www.tcfair.org

In addition to the outstanding exhibit program and the exciting parade, another highlight of the Tulare County Fair is its free concert series. This year’s headliners are Sheila E. (Sept. 12); Clay Walker (Sept. 13); Con Funk Shun (Sept. 14); Queen Nation (Sept. 15) and Smash Mouth (Sept. 16).

The Tulare County Fair’s mission is to showcase agriculture and create family fun. The five-day fair opens on Sept. 12 and runs through Sept. 16, 2018. The annual celebration includes scrumptious food, celebrity entertainment, interactive children’s activities, hundreds of animals, a wildlife adventure, a thrilling carnival, exciting motorsports, a rodeo, an impressive Junior Livestock Auction and more. The Tulare County Fair has been a community tradition for more than a century. For more information visit tcfair.org. #TulareFair2018