Fresno Fair Preview

Fresno, CA, USA Crews are working furiously trying to complete the latest changes at the Big Fresno Fair. Over the last four years the fair board has spent in excess of 7 million dollars on capital improvements at the fairgrounds making it a more family friendly environment.

The Kings Canyon Avenue entrance is the last gate to be upgraded at the fair. Water falls, palm trees and lots of shade will greet visitors who no longer have to stand on the sidewalk waiting to get in. While the petting zoo made an exit from the fair last year, something called "Ag-ventures" will now occupy part of the livestock pavilion.

Laurie King, Deputy Fair Manager says, "It is a hands-on, inter-active, animal agriculture exhibit for kids. They get to learn how to saddle a pony, and they get to go through a little treasure hunt through corn kernels. So that one's really fun. It's all inter-active and hands on."

Understanding how tough it is for families to make ends meet right now.... fair officials want to help make their brand of entertainment more affordable.

Laurie King says, "We've always had a lot of discounts that you could partake of but this year we have a discount every day. So there's something for everyone to get you out to the fair."

Discounted entrance tickets and reduced midway ride tickets can be purchased at the fair office or online before September 30th.

Last's fair attendance was a little over 500-thousand people. Fair officials are hoping with the extra day this year and with the discounts they're offering, they'll get at least that many people this year.

Big-Time Savings & Special Discount Days
Buy Early and SAVE!
Buy your admission passes before September 30th and receive $1 off the cost! Also, save BIG when you purchase a Pay-One-Price Carnival Ride Wristband before September 30th for only $20, that's a $10 discount. Admission and wristbands can be purchased online or at the Fresno Fair Box Office. Visit to see ALL of the ways you can purchase and save!

Buy Tickets Online!
Purchase admission, carnival and concert tickets online. Just purchase, print and save! Patrons who purchase their tickets online can bypass the ticket purchase line and go directly to the entry gate!

Corporate Ticket Packs
Save 25% on admission with The Big Fresno Fair Corporate Pack, and treat your employees and clients to a day of fun at the 2008 Big Fresno Fair! The Corporate Pack includes 20 adult admission tickets for $120 ($6 each) good for any day at The Big Fresno Fair. Purchase your Corporate Packs online at while supplies last through September 30, 2008.

Fair Deals
Available each Thursday through Sunday at The Big Fresno Fair from October 1st through 13th, get a "Fair Deal" Coupon Sheet with the purchase of a Fresno Bee for $1 as you enter the gates to the Fair and get hundreds of dollars in discounts on food, commercial exhibits and much, much more!

Seniors' Day
Wednesday, October 1st
Seniors 62 and BETTER will be able to enjoy the Fair for FREE on Seniors' Day! Don't miss the special Seniors Lifestyle Expo from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Pavilion Stage featuring local organizations providing materials for public education on services geared toward the senior citizen community, including healthcare, wellness and financial support, and don't miss special senior's contests and Red Hatter activities for fun!

Smoke-Free Kid's Day
Thursday, October 2nd
Admission to the Fair on this day is FREE to kids 12 and under with a paid adult admission. Children 5 and under are always free. On this special day, the Fair will uphold a no smoking policy for all areas of the Fairgrounds. The Fair will also designate "smoke-free" areas during the entire 13 days of the Fair. "Smoke-free" signs will be displayed in these areas where smoking is prohibited: Kiddie Land, Kid's Town, all Livestock areas, Table Mountain Rancheria Park, Paul Paul Theater, and certain areas of the Brian I. Tatarian Grandstand. This policy is to protect Fair patrons and employees from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke and to promote a friendly family and community event.

Special Interest Day
Monday, October 6th

Admission is FREE to persons with disabilities. One chaperone is admitted for free with each person that requires assistance.

$3.00 Monday
Monday, October 6th
More savings for all! Just sign up for the Fair's email newsletter and you'll receive a voucher to get into the Fair for only $3! The voucher will also include a $5 off discount for the Pay-One-Price Carnival Ride Wristband. Just print the voucher and bring it to the gate. If you've already subscribed, then you'll automatically receive a voucher.

$2.00 Tuesday
Tuesday, October 7th
Yes, the Fair is doing it again…its $2 Tuesday. Sign up for the Fair's email newsletter and you'll receive a voucher to get into the Fair for only $2. Just print the voucher and bring it to the gate! If you've already subscribed, then you'll automatically receive a voucher.


Bud Light Adult Discount Days
Wednesday, October 8th & Thursday, October 9th
With the purchase of a 12-pack of Budweiser or Bud Light from local participating retailers, adults 21 and older can receive a coupon for $3.00 off adult admission on these days.

Clean & Green Day
Monday, October 13th
Join the Fair in celebrating everything GREEN! In honor of this special day, the Fair is offering a special 2 for the price of 1 admission price in an effort to encourage Fairgoers to rideshare, or better yet, ride the bus to the Fair, in honor of Clean & Green Day. There will be a special "Clean & Green Expo" that will include unique entertainment and educational exhibits, including interactive features and informational takeaways, with the goal of providing an engaging, one-of-a-kind community forum where the public can find out how to live a "green-lifestyle" and why it's important to their future and the quality of life in their community.


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