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September 18, 2018

2018 Tulare County Fair closes big

Themed “We’re Nuts About You,” the 2018 Tulare County Fair harvesters of family fun have raked in a big crop of joy for the community.

The Tulare County Fair concluded its five-day run on Sept. 16 and fair officials have deemed this year’s event another tremendous success. “Our fair guests made it abundantly clear that they loved this year’s fair,” said Pamela Fyock, chief executive officer for the Tulare County Fair. “I spend hours and hours a day out on the grounds with our guests and the accolades received are attributed to the community-wide effort that it takes to produce our annual fair.”

Fyock reports that fair attendance was up seven percent over 2017, with 125,190 people attending. Carnival rides proved again to be a family favorite, up 18% from the previous year. The annual Junior Livestock Auction and Market Beef & Replacement Heifer Sale generated a combined $1,163,311 for 4-H and Future Farmers of America members. In addition, thousands of fans danced, clapped and cheered to the sounds of six great bands, including Sheila E., Clay Walker, Con Funk Shun, Queen Nation, Mariachi Divas and Smash Mouth. Another 2018 highlight was the annual sculpting of the fair’s butter-made mascot, Buttercup the Cow. This year’s butter sculpting weighed in at 650 lbs.

Food is always a highlight of the Tulare County Fair, and this year did not disappoint. “We served everything from Hawaiian barbecue from a concessionaire who came all the way from Maui, to the local, national award-winning hot links from Tulare Meat Locker,” said Fyock.

“One of the most important aspects of our fair is to teach kids about where their food comes from,” said Fyock. “They learn so many things about the importance of agriculture here, in a fun and entertaining way. They definitely learn that chocolate milk does not originate from the store.”

This was the 99th Tulare County Fair, and plans are underway for the fair’s Centennial in 2019. “The fair ended Sunday night, and on Monday morning plans were in motion for a spectacular community-wide Centennial celebration in 2019.”

The Tulare County Fair’s mission is to showcase agriculture and create family fun. 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 will celebrate its Centennial in September 2019. For more information visit tcfair.org.