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By Anne Marie Bergthold

Nothing says summer like the county fair.

This year the Stanislaus County Fair will feature even more fun for the whole family, including MindWorks, an interactive science exhibit, and a new exhibit with live butterflies.

“It’s going to be great for families,” said Stanislaus County Fair Marketing and Communications Director Adrenna Alkhas. “Kids are going to love it.”

The various stages will feature a wide assortment of music, from acts as diverse as the local radio stations that are their hosts. Performers will include Colt Ford, 3BallMTY, Eddie Money, Martina McBride, Bret Michaels, Jerrod Niemann, Grand Funk Railroad and Banda Machos.

It wouldn’t be the fair without the rides. Make a stop at the midway to get the adrenaline pumping with all your favorites from years past.

Food is always a focal point of every fair, and it is something that the Stanislaus County Fair in particular prides itself on; the fair was featured on Food Network’s “Carnival Eats” program. Various vendors offer a total of over 550 different items ranging from classics, like monstrous hot dogs, to the unusual, like the donut ice cream sandwich.

Not all of the food choices are deep fried. This year there will be a variety of healthy options as well.

“Cipponeri Farms are coming with fresh fruit, so there are a lot of healthy choices for people to take away,” says Alkhas.

Every year the fair welcomes an estimated 230,000 visitors over its ten-day run, averaging 25,000 people a day.

“What’s unique about this fair is that it’s been here for over 104 years in the same place, on the same ground,” Alkhas says. “It’s very historic, there’s a lot of history here. Families have memories that they can share here and it evolves, but there’s so much continuity.”


The Stanislaus County runs from July 10-19 at the fairgrounds, 900 N. Broadway, Turlock.

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