The annual Tulare County Fair begins September 14, offering something for all ages and interests. From high-profile entertainment, family-friendly activities, livestock auctions, demolition derby, arts and home-cooked meals, to thrilling rides, the fair has it all in tradition county fairs.
There are no COVID-19 restrictions this year, but masks and hand sanitizer will be available.
The fair kicks off on Wednesday with the traditional parade at 10 a.m., winding through downtown Tulare and ending at the fairgrounds at noon to kick off the festivities.
Wes Hensley, who retired as Tulare Police Chief in June, will lead the parade as Grand Marshal.
“Wes had a distinguished 31-year career with the City of Tulare, serving and protecting the community he loves,” Fair CEO Dena Rizzardo said. community partner between city and state. We were lucky to have him as a leader.
On the main stage
There is entertainment on the main stage every night.
- September 14 – Powerhouse drum dance with athletic tap, clogs and Irish dancing at 4:30 p.m., tribute to Luke Bryan and Tim McGraw at 7:30 p.m., country rock band Left of Center at 9:15 p.m.
- Sept. 15 — LOCASH Country Duo, 8 p.m.
- September 16 — ZZ Top Tribute by Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers 9 p.m.
- September 17 — Outlaw Mariachi at 8 p.m. & Idol X Tribute to Billy Idol at 9 p.m.
- September 18 – Karla Perez Tribute to Selena, 8 p.m.
All Michelob Ultra/Eagle Mountain Casino Stage entertainment is free with paid fair entry.
There’s plenty of fun for families and kids, including the return of Brad’s World Reptiles with its snakes and other reptiles the kids can hold. Kiddle Karoo’s Monster Playhouse features interactive music and life-size puppet characters. Animal Cracker Conspiracy Puppet Company offers larger-than-life puppets, some walking on stilts.
Matt Baker holds three Guinness World Records. His comedy and stunt show features clean comedy, unique stunts and audience participation.
Livestock and household items
Auctions are a big part of the fair. The dairy auction is at 10 a.m. on September 17. The Junior Cattle Auction is at 10 a.m. on September 18.
And for crafters and cooks, it’s always fun to see who wins the ribbons for art, photography, baked goods, ice cream and salsa, home, holiday crafts, agriculture and horticulture.
Tribute to veterans
The fair opens at noon Wednesday with the Am Vets in full color guard, followed by the quilts of honor ceremony on the community stage. Honor quilts are made by the loving hands of countless volunteers who wish to thank those who have served and honor their service and sacrifice.
Additionally, the traveling National Memorial “Remembering Our Fallen” with its 34 tribute towers will be installed during the fair. It includes photos of our country’s fallen servicemen after 9/11.
“It’s pretty amazing,” Rizzardo said. “It’s usually booked on our time right around 9/11, but we were able to get it this year.”
Lots of action
The annual Leland Fried Memorial Car Wrecking Derby will see the daredevils smash each other starting at 6 p.m. on September 17. Doors open at 5 p.m. Separate tickets are required for the derby.
No fair would be complete without a wide variety of rides and attractions for all ages, courtesy of Helm & Sons Amusements. There’s even a DJ who interacts with the crowd and plays music.
There are many new activities this year.
“The Central Valley Makers Market” only features things that were grown or made in the Central Valley.
Gran Jaripeo de Feria, a traditional bull riding and music event, occurs at 3 p.m. on September 18 in the stands.
Other things to look out for are Super Science interactive family activities, Cool Dogs dog rides, miniature golf, gem mining, pony and camel rides, and a petting zoo. Also, a climbing wall, water balls where you ball up and walk on water, face painting and ancient pictures where you dress up in ancient clothes.
“Each year, we strive to continue to offer the attractions that families know and love, but also to add fun new events for visitors of all ages,” noted Rizzardo. “It’s a safe gathering place where community members can learn about agriculture. , reconnect with friends and just enjoy.
The Tulare County Fair began in 1915 on 10 acres at Alpine and “K” streets during World War I to promote better sales of cattle and hogs in Tulare. In 1924 or 1925, according to the late Alfred Elliott, two parcels of land to the east of the original site were obtained.
In the early 1930s an area of 35 acres to the south became available and was purchased by the Chamber of Commerce. This acquisition brought the fairground to its current size of 50 acres.
How to participate
What: Tulare County Fair
Where: 620 “K” Street South, Tulare
When: 14-18 Sep.
- Wednesday 12pm-10pm
- Thursday 4pm-10pm
- Friday 4 p.m. to midnight
- Saturday 2 p.m. to midnight
- Sunday 2pm-10pm
The cattle entry gate opens to the public at 8 a.m. daily
Admission: $10 for adults; $5 for children
To purchase tickets online, visit tcfair.org/tickets
Car park: Lots located around the perimeter of the fairgrounds, $6 per car (or $5 online presale). Season passes are available for $25 online.
Information: www.tcfair.org or call 686-4707.