1121 S. Chance Avenue,
Fresno, CA 93702
The Big Fresno Fair (District) was founded in 1884 and it is currently the 5th largest fair in California. The District is a representation of 21st District Agricultural Association, a body of the California Department of Food & Agriculture Division of Fairs & Exposistions.
The Big Fresno Fair goes way beyond Central Valley’s largest yearly event, with 550,000 patrons coming to the fair each year. The 165-acre facility is open for rental throughout the year under a 50-year lease and capable of hosing 200 events per year, attracting more than 1.3 million additional visitors. Unlike other California fairs, the District has two year-round satellite wagering facilities – The Starting Gate at the Fairgrounds and The Polo Lounge at Club One Casino in Downtown Fresno. These facilities combined with the Fair event gathers as much as 1.5 million visitors in the Fairgrounds annually.
The Fair is always something to look forward to each year, which makes regular patrons say it’s worth every dollar for the entrance fee. Local artists take this opportunity to showcase their talents in visual and performing arts. Competitive exhibits are set up in several areas where farmers show of their best pig, cooks boast of their excellent pies, and skilled artisans demonstrate their adept abilities in creating crafts.
And since agriculture is the sole reason why fairs are created, The Big Fresno Fair is always proud in featuring one of the best Livestock Pavilion in California’s fair circuit. The Carollee Boele Livestock Pavilion is always buzzing with 13 days of livestock events that showcase beef, dairy, goats, sheep, and swine – and also rabbits, chickens, turkeys, and much, much more.
Table Mountain Concert Series spice up the fair with musical entertainment in a wide variety of genre that is sure to capture all ages alike, and the expansive fair grounds have some hot spots that lets you and your family enjoy all the fun entertainment during the fair. Families can relax under the shade in the Blue Moon Yosemite Station to take a breather and enjoy food. Wine lovers can pull up a chair and just enjoy the best of California wineries in the Save Mart Wine Garden. If you are into live horse racing, then Corona Cantina is your place to go.
If you are here to give your family serious fun, then make a fast beeline to the Table Mountain Rancheria Park. It’s a must see for all Fairgoers where you get to explore a number of family-friendly attractions that are guaranteed to entertain (and exhaust!) your little ones. You and your family will be learning how vital the water system is in Central Valley at The Meyers Water & Wildlife Tree. The Big Fresno Fair School House is a new addition created in 2013 that provides a new place for kids to have fun, climb, and remember Fresno’s unique history. There are many other attractions where kids can enjoy fishing, some water fun, pan for real gold, and more.
And good news to sports fans! The Sports Zone is back in The Big Fresno Fair where you can watch your favorite MLB team, NFL team, as well as your beloved Bulldog foot ball team in action. The Dugout Sports Bar has several huge flat screen TV’s and a lot of room for you and your friends to come and watch a game of your choice. If you need to take out some steam, then try your arm at throwing a baseball or football, or take on the mechanical bull and see if you can last longer than 8 seconds. Children are not left behind, of course. If your kids envy that you take on that bull, then bring them over to Woll Riders Only Mutton Bustin. Children ages 4-7 and less than 60 pounds get to ride a sheep and stay on for 6 seconds. If they beat the time, they will get a score and a chance to compete at the Championship round at the last weekend of the Fair.
Making it accesible for you RVers, the Big Fresno Fairgrounds are essentially open 24 hours a day, which allows you to show up at any time of the day. We also have a night watchman who roams the grounds from 3 p.m. - 7 a.m. The Big Fresno Fair is located in the nation’s #1 agricultural county of Fresno. Fresno is California’s 6th largest city. The region is rich in cultural diversity. Agriculture can be seen by attending the annual Fresno County Blossom Trail in February. Also in February you can visit the wine and chocolate lovers weekend. Fresno County also offers many amusement parks such as Blackbeard’s Family Fun Center and the Rotary Storyland and Playland. Yosemite National Park and Kings Canyon National Park are both located close to Fresno.
The Big Fresno Fair runs for 2 weeks every fall. For more information by calling (559) 650-3247 or by visiting the The Big Fresno Fair website.
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