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California State Fair


Visitors to the 2014 California State Fair, which runs through Friday July 27th, will likely come out to Cal Expo for the same reasons that people always have… interesting exhibits, cool rides, livestock,  fried food, entertainment and the awesome nightly fireworks show!

In an effort to draw new visitors and impress returning ones, fair planners have rolled out dozens of changes.

Some, such as the demonstration kitchen’s move to a building near the fair’s Farm, are obvious. Others, such as more shade across walkways, are subtle. Most, such as chainsaw-carving demonstrations and a cookoff of military MREs – better known as Meals, Ready to Eat – constitute the unexpectedly intriguing discoveries that make the State Fair truly special.

Here is a list of 10 must see and do things that make the State Fair amazing!

  •  11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays: Chainsaw carving demonstrations
  • 3, 5 and 7 p.m. everyday: Freestyle motocross in half-drained lagoon
  • Everyday: “Dream Big: Exploring Your Future,” children’s area
  • 8 p.m. everyday: Toyota Concert Series
  • 10 a.m. Sunday: World Cup Final viewing party
  • 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday: “Wheel of Fortune” auditions
  • 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday: MRE cookoffs
  • 3 to 6 p.m July 19: Brewer’s Festival
  •  7 p.m. July 20: Demolition derby


When most people think about the State Fair, riding the gigantic Ferris wheel, eating a deep-fried corndog and playing a game of ring toss may come to mind.  But the Fair is about more than delicious food and thrilling rides.  It’s about celebrating what makes California the best – the wine, the cheese, the artists and the innovations.

But don’t worry, fans of deep-fried food, the iconic offerings will be back. Last year’s favorites, the deep fried watermelon and spaghetti ice cream will be back, along with other traditional deep-fried fare.

A new addition for those seeking a culinary thrill ride, is the bourbon-soaked churro, which is wrapped in bacon, dipped in maple syrup and barbecued.

Too rich for the palate? Stop by California’s Tasty Journey, complete with a rock candy mountain, candy-themed activities and a Jelly Belly mural.

We can’t forget about the classic carnival rides which are great for kids and teens of all ages!

Toyota Concert Series Line Up:


July 11 – John Kay & Steppenwolf

July 12 – Macy Gray

July 13 – Phil Vassar

July 14 – Hinder

July 15-16 – Wheel of Fortune Auditions – A chance to audition for America’s game ‘Wheel of Fortune’

July 17 – The Spinners

July 18 – Blackhearts

July 19 – Queen Nation (Queen Tribute)

July 20 – America

July 21 – Bret Michaels

July 22 – Neil Giraldo

July 23 –  Blackjack Billy & Jana Kramer

July 24 – MercyMe

July 25 – The Whispers

July 26 – Trick Pony

July 27 – Blaze of Glory the Bon Jovi Experience



Special Contests:

– Corn Dog Eating

– Karaoke

– Coco’s Pie Eating

Adult Competitions:

– California Fine Art
– California Crafts
– California’s Kitchen
– County Exhibits
– Industrial & Technology Education (Exhibitors are ages 18 and over)

Youth Competitions:

– California Kidz Kitchen
– FFA AG Mechanics
– Industrial + Technology
– Youth Arts. (Exhibitors under 18)

Livestock Competitions:

– Champion Challenge
– County Fair Best of Show
– Fur and Feathers
– Junior and Open Livestock
– Versatility Ranch Horse

Wine/Beer Competitions:

– Commercial Wine Competition
– Commercial Craft Brew
– Home Brew and Home Wine

For daily info on events and attractions for the State Fair please visit the Facebook page



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