Fresno Fiesta Festival

July 4, 2009 2:32:14 PM PDT
The city of Fresno is hosting a Fiesta Festival at the Regional Sports Complex in southwest Fresno from July 3-12.They're hoping it's 10 days of family fun and that it helps boost the local economy. They brought in 24 rides that you'd usually see at the Mid-State Fair in Paso Robles or at the Big Fresno Fair. And once you pay the $8.95 admission, all the rides are free.

There's also an entertainment stage, with local acts, sponsored by radio stations every day. And there are mist tents to help people deal with the extreme Valley heat.

And then there's the food. About 40 vendors are selling everything from Kettle Corn to hot dogs to tortas. And they're all local vendors, so the city hopes that boosts the local economy, while helping families enjoy low-cost entertainment.

"It's about the 'stay-cation'," said Fresno parks director Randall Cooper. "We want to be able to offer everyone in the Valley somewhere to go and enjoy themselves right here in Fresno without spending too much money."

The city didn't pay a dime to host the fair. In fact, the guys who put on the fair are pledging $10,000 of the proceeds for a city program that helps underprivileged kids go to camps.

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