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County Fair kicks off 10-day run Friday
Plenty of discounts offered up until 7 p.m. Friday
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RVs will battle it out at this years Destruction Derby set for Monday and Tuesday. The last vehicle running, no matter how it looks, is the winner. Arena events cost extra. - photo by Courtesy of the Stanislaus County Fair

The Stanislaus County Fair is arriving on Friday for a 10-day run, promising a variety of fun from demolition derbies to nationally known entertainment acts.

Discounted Fair admission tickets and unlimited ride wristbands are on sale now through Friday until 7 p.m. Discounts on admission tickets are also available during the 10-day run of the Fair. Below are discounts and promotions for all 10-days of the Fair:

Friday, July 8:

• Bring two canned food items benefiting United Samaritans and get $2 off one adult admission ticket.

Saturday, July 9:

• First 1,000 guests receive gifts from Boys and Girls Clubs of Stanislaus County.

Sunday, July 10:

• First 1,000 receive gifts from Golden Valley Health Centers.

• Free until 3 p.m. All guests are admitted free until 3 p.m.

Monday, July 11:

• First 1,000 guests receive gifts from Vintage Faire Mall.

Tuesday, July 12:

• $4 off one adult admission and/or $2 off one unlimited ride wristband with 7UP coupon from 2-liter bottles.

Wednesday, July 13:

• First 1,000 guests receive gifts from Real California Milk.

Thursday, July 14:

• Kids 12 and under admitted free with the first 1,000 kids receiving gifts from Sutter Memorial Medical Center.

• Donate one or more toys to The Salvation Army and receive two free carnival ride tickets.

Friday, July 15:

• First 1,000 guests receive gifts from Modesto Nuts.
Saturday, July 16:

• Senior Day - Seniors 65 and older admitted free and the first 1,000 guests receive gifts from Valley First Credit Union.

Sunday, July 17:

• Free until 3 p.m. All guests are admitted free until 3 p.m. sponsored by FOX40.

• First 1,000 guests receive gifts from Corona.

Fair guests may save every day at the Fair with the Free Fair Savings Coupon book with great deals from free sodas to free Fair sweets with purchase. Guests may pick up their coupon book at FoodMaxx stores.

"There are plenty of ways to save this year at the Fair," said Adrenna Alkhas, spokesperson for the Stanislaus County Fair. "Guests have a chance to purchase discounted tickets early, as well as use the Fair Savings Coupon Book."

The deadline to buy discounted Fair tickets ends Thursday, July 7. Fair guests may buy discounted fair admission tickets, unlimited ride wristbands, and season passes for a discounted rate until Thursday, July 7 until 7 p.m. Discounted Fair admission tickets are on sale for $10 (a $12 value), unlimited ride wristbands are $25 (a $30 value), and season passes are $75 (a $120 value).FoodMaxx Arena motorsport tickets are on sale now. Motorsport tickets are sold in addition to Fair admission. Opening night is the Super Pull Event - Hot Rod Tractor & Truck Pull in the Arena at 6:30 p.m.

Taco Bell will be offering a $3 off one adult admission with every meal (at participating Taco Bell locations) purchased July 11-15.

Headline entertainment acts on the free Bud Light Variety Stage include:

• Rachel Platten, Friday, July 8 at 8:30 p.m.;

• Night Ranger, Saturday, July 9 at 8:30 p.m.;

• Noel Torres, Sunday, July 10 at 8:30 p.m.;

• The Commodores, Monday, July 11 at 8:30 p.m.;

• Parmalee, Tuesday, July 12 at 8:30 p.m.;

• Chaka Khan, Wednesday, July 13 at 8:30 p.m.;

• Dwight Yoakam, Thursday, July 14 at 8:30 p.m.;

• Kellie Pickler Friday, July 15 at 8:30 p.m.;

• Ashanti, Saturday, July 16 at 8:30 p.m.;

• Bronco Sunday, July 17 at 8:30 p.m.

All headline concerts are free with the price of Fair admission.

The 2016 Fair will feature a spectacular children's area presented by Sky Trek Aviation. Also planned for 2016 are 10-nights of free celebrity concerts included with Fair admission, a total of three stages of live entertainment, upwards of 30,000 local exhibits and over 1,750 animals. Metal-smashing motorsports and three nights of rodeo in the FoodMaxx Arena will also be featured.

The Fair offers multiple lounges opened to guests. The Stanislaus County Fair will offer three lounges, The ReCharge Modesto Toyota Lounge, empowHER Lounge, and the Baby Care Center.

"We want our guests to enjoy themselves as much as possible while they are here," said Alkhas. "The lounges provided will offer comfort, fun, and educational experiences."

The Fair has partnered with Vintage Faire Mall and Yonan's Jewelers to bring guests a contemporary and inspirational lounge for young women, ages 16-25, to enjoy. The empowHER Lounge will be a lounge geared towards inspiring young girls to be great leaders in the community. Giving girls the confidence to be themselves through workshops is the goal of the lounge. The lounge will also be presenting the girls with the skills needed to empower others as much as empowering themselves. The lounge will also provide daily presentations, presented by Women's Education and Leadership League (W.E.L.L.) Presentations will include topics such as becoming a better digital citizen; speaking up and finding their voice; as well as finding their cause and passion in life. The lounge will be open daily during the Fair on weekdays from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and weekends from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The Fair has partnered with Modesto Toyota to bring guests a charging station for their mobile devices. The ReCharge Modesto Toyota Lounge will be located in concessions row across from the Bud Light Variety Free Stage concert area. The charging stations will be open daily during the Fair on weekdays from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. and weekends from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m.

The Fair will be offering guests a comfortable lounge for nursing, changing, and feeding babies inside one of the smaller buildings, the old photography building, by concessions row and across from the Bud Light Variety Free Stage. The lounge will offer three stations for nursing mothers along with a reclining couch and table. There will be a play area for children; a changing station in the restrooms; and high chairs for feedings. The lounge will be open weekdays from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and weekends from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The public is invited to stop by Stanislaus County Office of Education's (SCOE) booth at the fair on Wednesday, July 13 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. to meet members of the Stanislaus County Board of Education and County Superintendent of Schools Tom Changnon. The Superintendent and these five elected board members (Mary Ann Sanders, Alice Pollard, Kim Rose, Kim Spina and Bob Vizzolini) are responsible for making major policy decisions in the area of budgeting, curriculum, and advance planning for the County Office of Education. The superintendent and board members will be available to answer questions and provide information about SCOE. This year, the fair runs Friday, July 8 through Sunday, July 17.