Fun in the Sun
By Noel Daniel
Summer is where the Central Valley really shines. Although the soaring temperatures can make going out of doors less-than-appealing, Stanislaus County offers more than enough reasons to venture out and soak in some sun.
The Stanislaus County Fair
The county fair is an area staple. With just the price of an admission ticket, guests can access a myriad of fun activities. You can fly drones in the Drone Zone, watch pig races, and even sit in on one or all of the high profile bands performing on the Bud Light Variety Free Stage—like Salt-N-Pepa, Trace Adkins, Blue Oyster Cult, Lifehouse, and so much more.
“The Fair has been in Turlock for 106 years. That carries tradition year after year with families attending the Fair,” said Adrenna Alkhas, Marketing and Communication Director of the Stanislaus County Fair. “It is critical that we introduce activities in which families can enjoy together and create lifelong memories that will passed down for generations.”
For more information about the Stanislaus County Fair, visit stancofair.com.
The Modesto Nuts are a big part of the community’s culture. After being named champions of the California League last year, the team was also the recipient of the 2017 Small Business of the Year award given by the Chamber of Commerce! Nuts games, occurring nearly every evening, are a great way to get together with friends, family, and the community as a whole. Plus, it lets you give back to an organization that gives back to the community, all while watching the League Champions play ball. And with games happening in the evening, you’ll catch a quick reprieve from the sun.
Visit modestonuts.com for the schedule and more.
Sometimes the easiest way to keep cool is still the best! The Empire Pool, also known as the Regional Water Safety Training Center, is a relatively new facility that can accommodate approximately 125 patrons and has a host of amenities. These include a three to eight feet swimming pool, a youth water play structure, outdoor showers, a snackbar, covered picnic area, and an area with plush grass.
Empire Public Pool, 10 I St., Empire
Modesto Reservoir Regional Park offers over 3,200 acres of land and 2,800 acres of reservoir for recreation and camping. The site offers recreation like swimming, fishing, boating, water and jet skiing, and bird watching. There’s also a variety of natural wildlife in the area—and for those who love to fish, they often restock the fish population at the reservoir with traditional rainbow trout, redear sunfish, largemouth bass, channel catfish, and bluegill.
Modesto Reservoir, 18143 Reservoir Rd., Waterford
Woodward Reservoir Regional Park offers over 3,700 acres of land and 2,900 acres of reservoir for recreation and camping. The park features campsites, concessions, picnic shelters, barbecues, picnic tables, three boat launches and a fish-cleaning station. Campsites are located at T-Island, Muir Point, Fischer Point, Charlie’s Point, Hackberry Flat, and the volleyball court. Recreation opportunities are swimming, fishing, boating, and water and jet skiing. For the animal lovers, there is a great variety of wildlife. Be on the look-out for squirrels, jackrabbits, cottontails, red-tail hawks, coyotes, raccoons, seagulls, burrowing owls, geese, ducks, blue herons, great white egrets, and so much more. Catch some time with Mother Nature this summer!
Woodward Reservoir, 14528 26-Mile Rd., Oakdale
Resendiz Family Fruit Barn
Are you looking for a store where you can buy the freshest of fruits, vegetables, bread, and more? Look no further than the Resendiz Family Fruit Barn for fresh groceries and baked goodies. And with this weather, we’d recommend trying some fresh fruit smoothies to beat the heat. And as summer comes to a close, don’t forget to stop by for some pumpkins! To take a slice of the Resendiz Family Fruit Barn home with you, visit their location right off Geer Road.
4342 Geer Rd., Hughson
No matter what fun you end up seeking out, make sure you’re wearing sunscreen and staying hydrated. Beat the heat safely this summer!