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‘Normal’ County Fair returns this Friday for 10-day run
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The Stanislaus County Fair returns to "normal" format this Friday for a 10-day run that includes all features. Last year's Fair only included food and animal entries and competition such as seen here. - photo by JEFF BENZIGER/ Courier file photo

The Stanislaus County Fair opens this Friday for a 10-day run, bringing back the midway carnival and all the exhibits that were absent last year as the area recovered from the pandemic.

The 2022 Fair will feature nightly concerts included with admission, a total of three stages of live entertainment, upwards of 30,000 local exhibits and over 1,750 animals.

The Vintage Faire Mall will present the Fair’s newest exhibit – the Selfie Museum. Fair goers are invited to gather with family members and friends and walk through backgrounds in the Selfie Museum to create photo opportunities.

“We try to make each Fair better than the year before, having new exhibits and entertainment achieves that,” said Jose Piña, spokesperson for the Stanislaus County Fair.

Robert Castillo’s BMX Freestyle Show will offer crazy stunts in the Kids Zone area.

2022 Stanislaus County Fair will continue to have all our favorite acts and shows. Featuring the Famous Duck Races, Marionette Show the Wizard of OZ, “The Reflector” (mirror man), Cruzin Critters, Suzy Hainer the hypnotist, monster trucks, and destruction derby. 

The Fair will feature “Free Till 3 Sundays,” Kids Free night, and Senior Day.

The Fair entertainment acts include:

• Iconic rock band War on Friday, July 8 at 8:30 p.m.

• Smash Mouth on Saturday, July 9 at 8:30 p.m.

• Karla Perez with The Ultimate “Selena” Tribute on Sunday, July 10, at 8:30 p.m.

• Double Platinum Hip Hop Star Sean Kinsgton on Monday, July 11 at 8:30 p.m.

• Country artist, Gary Allan on Tuesday, July 12, at 8:30 p.m.

• Sugar Ray on Wednesday, July 13 at 8:30 p.m. 

• R&B Hip Hop Artist Bone Thugs -N- Harmony on Thursday, July 14 at 8:30 p.m.

• “The Voice” Winner “Danielle Bradbery”, on Friday, July 15 at 8:30 p.m.

• Legendary rock band Night Ranger on Saturday, July 16 at 8:30 p.m.

• Latino music recording artist Luis Coronel on Sunday, July 17at 8:30 p.m. 

Smoke, gas and horsepower will fill the FoodMaxx Arena as L&L Productions Trucks and Tractor pulls are held on Friday, July 8 and Saturday, July 9 starting with none other than L&L Productions Truck and Tractor Pulls. 

L&L productions is owned by Michael & Ethan Lewis, Father and Son, based in Ceres and has been in business 14 years. L&L has grown to become the leader on the west coast. Producing, directing and otherwise involved in up to 20 events a year. L&L prides itself with the largest participant base, maintaining record numbers of competitors.

Diesel tractor 4×4 pulling on Friday July 8 will feature the Smoker Tractors and trucks from “The Black Smoke Mafia” and “West Coast Diesel.” Saturday’s event will be truck classes from local street stock to highly modified trucks including the alcohol injected 3200lb Pro Modified.

Turlock Pentecost Association will host bloodless bullfights be offered Sunday, July 10 in the FoodMaxx Arena at 6:30 p.m. This style of bullfighting differs from the Portuguese-style in the fact that the bull isn’t hurt or killed. The same promise to not hurt the animal is not given to those who choose to step into the arena and test their courage against the bull. In Portuguese tradition, forcados are the bullfighters who taunt the animal in hopes that it will charge. They follow the cavaleiros who battle the bull from horseback into the arena. The bullfights have been created to always be bloodless.

Fair admission for those aged 13 to 64 is $15 during the Fair, or $12 if purchased by Thursday at the Fair office. Child admission is $7 if aged between 7 and 12 and free for those 6 and younger. Seniors 65 and older will be charged $7. 

Carnival ride wristbands cost $35 per person weekdays and $40 for the weekends.

Parking costs $10 per vehicle.

Fair admission tickets, unlimited ride wristbands are available online now. Visit our new Fair’s website for ticket information and purchases at