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Merced County Fair 2015 is a Wrap!

The Merced County Fair’s Board of Directors and Fair Staff want to thank everyone who came out to celebrate and support the 2015 Merced County Fair, June 10-14. The unaudited numbers are in and total attendance for the 2015 fair is 74,678, up 2% from the 2014 fair attendance total of 73,465. Paid attendance was 48,963, up 10% from last year’s 44,428.

See our "THANK YOU" story and we hope to see you next June, 2016 at what will be an historic 125th Merced County Fair! [more]

Fair’s Livestock Auction a Big Success

Allyson SousaAt the 2015 Merced County Fair Junior Livestock Auction, 619 animals were sold and the sales totaled a whopping $670,090. The number of animals auctioned was up by 54 from the 2014 sale and the total auction sales took an impressive jump – by $91,448 – from the 2014 total of $578,642. The auction was presented by American Ag Credit and Westamerica Bank. Youngsters from around the county in 4-H and FFA, as well as independent exhibitors, watched as their market goats, lambs, swine and beef were sold at the annual auction, Saturday, June 13 at the Les McCabe Arena during the 124th Merced County Fair. [more]

Merced County Fair Fun Numbers

Here are just some of the fun numbers from the 2015 Fair. 250. Kits assembled by orange apron-wearing children at the Home Depot Kids’ Workshop. 1,000. Beach Balls. Handed out to fairgoers by Dignity Health on Mercy Medical Center Seniors’ Day. 1,250. Special needs kids and adults and seniors from convalescent homes given the VIP behind-the-scenes tour, visiting the petting zoo and GASCAR animal races, goofing around with Robots & Cars, Tadpole the Clown, dancing and lunch provided by the Elks’ Lodge. Hosted by volunteers at “Friends Helping Friends” event. 8-12. Dates. June 8-12, 2016. Merced County Fair’s 125th Birthday Party! [more]

Hypnotist Alan SandsComedy Hypnotist Alan "The Sandman" Sands

Sands, who was a big hit with audiences at the 2014 fair, will do two shows at 7 and 10 p.m. on the Bear Creek Plaza Stage, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings. He perfected his technique at making an audience feel comfortable with him from the moment he walks on stage. On Saturday, fairgoers are in for a treat, as NEW hypnotist Doug MacCraw, Sands’ hand-selected stand-in, performs for the first time at the fair, with shows at 8 and 10 p.m.

Gascar Crazy Animal RacesGascar Crazy Animal Races

Pick your favorite critter – Gascar Crazy Animal Races at the Fair! Goats, sheep, chickens, pigs and other surprise animals wear racing silks as they hoof and waddle their way around and sometimes over the track! Sure to please both kids and adults, come cheer for your favorite!

Special Days, Special Discounts

FREE admission for children 5 and under every day at the Fair!

FREE admission for seniors, 65 years and better, on Mercy Medical Center Seniors Day, Wednesday, June 10 (that's opening day at the Fair).

FREE admission for children 12 years and younger, on EECU Kids' Day, Thursday, June 11.

FREE admission with your entry in any of the "Day Of" cooking contests! No advance entry forms, simply enter that day and get free admission with your entry (view this summary of all the "Day Of" contests and also check the Still Exhibits Handbook for complete rules).

O'Reilly VouchersGet O’Reilly Auto Parts FREE Child Fair Admission Vouchers

Visit a Merced area O’Reilly Auto Parts store and pick up your voucher for a FREE Child Fair admission ticket – a $7 Value – redeemable any day of the Fair! Don’t forget children 5 & under are always FREE! Click here for list of stores that will carry the vouchers. [Read more]

Fair Facebook ContestsEnter to Win FREE Tickets and Prizes on Facebook!

Visit the Merced County Fair on Facebook for details. We are giving away FREE admission tickets, carnival ride VIP passes, and a special "SELFIE" photo contest grand prize!

Readers Meet Your Favorite California Authors

Fairgoers will have a chance to meet some of California’s published authors. During the fair, June 10-14, the writers participating in this new “California Authors” program, will be able sell their books directly to the public, sign autographs, make new friends and gain loyal readers. The fair invites published authors to apply to participate in the new program by completing an application form. [more]

Robots & CarsNew! Robots and Cars

You won’t want to miss our newest grounds act – Team R.A.C.E.! They’re robot/car drive suits – one is a Harley motorcycle and the other is a Camaro sports car – and they’ll both switch into robots and back to motor vehicles before your eyes! Creator Drew Beaumier’s robot drive suit models have amazed crowds at events all over the globe and they’ve appeared on major TV shows including “Shark Tank,” “American Idol” and “Let’s Make a Deal.” Go to Concerts & Attractions for more acts and shows!

Great American Petting ZooGreat American Petting Zoo

The zoo contains a wide variety of animals including llamas, Fallow Deer, Bennett Wallabies, African Pygmy Goats, assorted exotic and domestic goats and sheep, Vietnamese Potbellied Pigs, Bantam Chickens, miniature Sicilian Donkeys, miniature Call Ducks, and baby animals born all year long. Ours is a very different kind of petting zoo. There are absolutely no barriers once inside the enclosure. All of the animals run freely with the public. Each and every one of our friendly animals is hand-raised at our farms in Oregon and Texas.

New Barn Update - Pardon Our Dust!

This year we are very excited that the construction of the new Hilmar Cheese Barn by the Friends of Merced County Fair has begun. Concrete has been poured and by the time you come to the fair, the framework should be in place. When completed, this will be a new, 36,400 sq. ft. multi-purpose facility that will replace some very old barns. Exciting as this is, it is still a construction site. We thank you for your patience during the construction!

Schedule of All Fairtime Events is online!

TierraThe Fair Schedule of Daily Events is online... what's happening, when and where. Plan ahead for your evening at the Fair.

TIERRA will bring their one-of-a-kind Latin Rhythm & Blues sound to the Fair on Sunday, June 14, Family Day and Rancho San Miguel Markets Day, presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts, in the fairground’s Outdoor Theatre.

Tierra tops lots of entertainment on Sunday including Mission Varrio Project at Bear Creek Plaza, Los Amigos at the Coors Light Stage and Cowboy Hats & Sombreros in the grandstand. [more]

Bull RidingGrandstand Lineup

Sunday Cowboy Hats & Sombreros event starts at 7:00 p.m. ($5 grandstand admission). Presented by Humpz and Hornz Bull Riding of LeGrand, this show will feature a big menu of entertainment. The main attraction will be a friendly, competitive event between 16 bull riders – one team of eight riders will represent Mexico and another team of eight will represent the United States. A live band will play throughout the evening and between breaks in the bull riding event, there will be trick roping, dancing horses and Escaramusas – women performing synchronized drills on horseback. [More Grandstand news]


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