Tulare County Fair Offering Up Favorites

The “Big Splash” ride will return this year.
The “Big Splash” ride will return this year.

The 2015 Tulare County Fair is right around the corner. Opening day is Wednesday, September 16 and the fair will run through Sunday, September 20. This year’s fair has some new features while keeping some of the old favorites.

Tulare County Fair Director Pamela Fyock shared some of the new items planned for the fair this year, as well as some returning favorites.

“We will be having monster trucks for the first time in a while on Friday the 18th. There will also be a new watering hole,” she said. “Some of the favorites returning include Buttercup the cow, and the tractor pulls will be back on the Thursday night. For the first time, we’ll be having the destruction derby on the Saturday. They’re both free with fair admission.”

This year’s headline performers include comedian Paul Rodriguez on Wednesday, Kellie Pickler on Thursday, Foghat on Friday, Rose Royce on Saturday and Marty Stuart on Sunday. All performances are at 8pm and are included with fair admission.

Other entertainment includes the Great American Duck Races; A Walk on the Wild Side, an exotic non-kill animal refuge; Puppets and Players Little Theatre; Jest in Time Circus Family Fun Time; Something Ridiculous; the Great American Petting Zoo; Wild Science; and the Chinese Acrobats of Hebei. There will also be tribute performances by Fortunate Son to Creedance Clearwater Revival and by Fandango to ZZ top.

“Our theme this year is to have something for everyone at the fair,” Fyock said.

Fair hours are Wednesday from 11am-11pm, Thursday and Sunday from 11am-12am, and Friday and Saturday from 11am-1am.

Ticket prices to the fair remain unchanged from last year’s prices and are: $8 for general admission; $5 for ages 6-12. On Friday, September 18 ticket prices will be $4 before 4 pm. There will be a Senior Day on Thursday, Sept. 17. Tickets for seniors will be $2 from 11am-2pm. Also Military appreciation will be on the Thursday. Tickets for members of the military will be $6 from 11am-2pm.

A new addition to the fair will also be making its way back on Saturday, September 12 at 8 pm. It is the second annual California Cowboys Pro Rodeo Association fair kickoff rodeo. The professional rodeo tour tickets are $10 and $13 at the gate. It serves as a fundraiser for the Tulare County Fair Foundation.

Fyock has high expectations for this fair, and the projected weather forecast is one of the reasons why.

“The fair this year will be fantastic,” she said. “We expect the weather to be in the 80s, and the grounds are looking better than they have in 20 years.”

For more information, visit www.tcfair.org or call (559) 686-4707.


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