Celebrating 100 years: Tulare County Fair Opens Sept. 11th

Eric Galan, Editor in Chief

For 100 years the Tulare County Fair has been a favorite of the South Valley. This year the County Fair is turning 100 in a big way. Communities and performers from all over Tulare County and the world are coming to celebrate the centennial moment. And the Fair Board is hoping to deliver fun and agricultural education in a big way.

 Doors open at 11a.m. and close at 11p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 online presale, and $5 for kids. Children 5 and under get in free.

The Fair Board has crafted an agenda of entertainment and educational events spotlighting the history of the fair and the continuance of their promotion of agricultural literacy. As County Fair CEO Pamela Fyock puts it on the Fair’s website,

“With the help of the Tulare Historical Museum, attendees will learn about the Fair’s rich history and its role in supporting agriculture.”

The County Fair will kick off with a 10a.m. parade beginning on the corner of Salinda Place and Tulare Avenue and ending in front of Tulare Union High on Kern Avenue. A full map can be found on the Tulare County Fair Website under “parade.”

The County Fair will host many attractions, including a carnival that is open during regular fair hours and at 3p.m. on Thursday and Friday. Other attractions and shows include livestock auctions, exhibitions, butter sculpture, corn dog and pie eating contests, children’s talent show and free concerts on the Bud Light Stage. There will also be shows like High School Madness on the 11th, Monster Trucks on the 13th, Demolition Derby on the 14th, and Smoke Me Out tour on the 15th.  

There will also be multiple free shows like street musicians, a hypnotist, comedians, Charlie The Velocirapter, and new acts like The Magic Bean, the Extreme Dog Show and illusionists. A flyover will be made by AMVETS Post 56 on Sept. 12th in honor of Veterans Day.

The County Fair started as a sales ring in 1915 before hosting the first livestock fair in 1919. Since then, the fair has grown into a yearly event that attracts people from all over the lower San Joaquin Valley.

Tickets are on sale now on the website and can be purchased at anytime at the front gates.