California Mid-State Fair opens July 17

Annual Miss CMSF Pageant set for Tuesday on Frontier Stage

PASO ROBLES The 2019 California Mid-State Fair is only days away from its 12-day run. The annual fair opens Wednesday, July 17 and goes to Sunday, July 28.

Activity at the grounds begins at 8 a.m. on July 17 with the Cutting Horse Show at the Hearst Equestrian Center.

Opening Day at the fair is also historic in that for the first time all carnival rides will be free. The California Mid-State Fair is teaming up with Helm & Sons Amusements to offer free carnival rides to all patrons on Wednesday, July 17. Just pay normal Fair admission and that’s it: no need for wristbands, coupons or tickets on Opening Day.

“We are pleased to offer this opportunity for all fairgoers. It certainly becomes a significant savings to families wanting to enjoy more time at the Fair,” said Mid-State Fair CEO Michael Bradley.

The gates and carnival open at noon on Wednesday, July 17, and don’t close until midnight. Of course, normal height and size restrictions still apply, but everyone rides for free in the Main Carnival and Cub Country! And yes, this does include the Big Splash water ride!

The promotion does not include normal Fair admission and does not include attractions in the Fun Zone or Rancho Frontier. It does not include any games, as those will be “pay-as-you-play” as usual, and cannot be combined with any other promotion or discount.

Opening Day features Miranda Lambert performing in the Chumash Grandstand Arena at 7 p.m. Randy Houser will be the opening act.

While July 17 is the official Opening Day of the Fair, the festivities start Tuesday, July 16, with the 50th Miss CMSF Pageant at 7 p.m. on the Frontier Stage at the fairgrounds. Admission and parking for the Pageant are free.

Five women are vying for the title.

Mary Hambly
— San Luis Obispo

Mary Hambly is 21 years old and attends Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. She loves to bake cakes, pies, and pastries, hiking in and around San Luis Obispo County as well as cooking dinner for friends and gardening. She is the President of the Association of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, Secretary of the Agricultural Engineering Society, as well as part of the Society of Women Engineers. For her talent, she will be showing the audience a science experiment called “Elephant Toothpaste” and talking about the importance of STEM. Her platform, “Fresh is Best”, aims to teach the local youth about gardening and the benefits of eating fresh, local produce.

Yvette Fiorentino
— Arroyo Grande

Yvette Fiorentino is 19 years old and is studying to become a Veterinary Technician. She enjoys working with animals, especially as a Kennel Technician at the Pismo Beach Veterinary Clinic, horseback riding, and spending time with loved ones. She volunteers at Woods Humane Society and also participates in ‘Creating Blankets for Paws’. She also is certified in radiology as well as CPR. Her platform is titled “Send it On” and promotes the education of youth on the power of kind words and actions.

Mikaila Ciampi
— Paso Robles

Mikaila Ciampi is 17 years old and will be a Senior at Mission College Preparatory High School. Her hobbies & interests include basketball, singing, volunteer work, and spending time with friends and family to name a few. She has maintained a cumulative GPA of 4.24 and will be receiving the Herman and Jeanne Maulhardt Memorial Scholarship. She describes herself as confident, vivacious, ambitious, dependable, and trustworthy. Mikaila’s platform titled “Autism: Not A Disability, A Different Ability” aims to educate young kids on how to understand and respectfully address their peers with autism in the community.

Kara Bullard
— Paso Robles

Kara Bullard is a 20-year-old undergraduate ag business student that will be attending Cal Poly in the Fall. She was part of Chaparral 4-H club for 10 years, Paso Robles FFA for 4 years, and continues to mentor younger 4-H and FFA members with their livestock projects. She was awarded the Presidential Service Award as well as also placing top livestock judge through High School. In her spare time, she enjoys playing a community indoor soccer league year-round. Kara’s platform titled “Live to Serve” will educate and involve local youth, as well as their families, on community service and present them with volunteer opportunities.

Lindsey Sonniksen
— Paso Robles

Lindsey Sonniksen is 19 years old and an undergraduate student at Cuesta College. She loves to hike, fish, camp, snowboard, and travel. She is a two-time recipient of the LIONS Club Sportsmanship Award, scholarship recipient of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and awarded Starbucks Partner of the Quarter 2019. She describes herself as tenacious because she never gives up, outgoing because she’s always up for new adventures and opportunities, kind, courteous, and funny because life is too short to be too serious all the time. Her platform titled “Love Shouldn’t Hurt.”

On Thursday, July 18, a free pancake breakfast with all the fixings is’ in the Downtown City Park. Tickets are free but required and can be found at any of the downtown merchants.

The Annual Pancake Breakfast is one of the highlighted events of the fair that is held off grounds in Paso Robles City Park. The community comes together to enjoy pancakes, entertainment from Pacific Animal Productions, and rides around the park with either Cowboy Ken and his train or Harris Stage Lines. And, of course, the pancakes are free. Without the amazing volunteers and donors, this event would not be possible.

The California Mid-State Fair Board of Directors, Paso Robles Main Street Association Board of Directors, 4-H clubs, El Paso de Robles Grange No. 555, Estrella Grange, Cahoots Catering, Suburban Propane, Paso Robles Waste Disposal, the Gomer Family, Steve Cichorsky Sound, and Chester and Lester Rougeot help make every pancake breakfast more memorable.

For a complete rundown of everything that is happening at the fair check out the Daily Planner inserted in today’s edition or go online to

The 2019 California Mid-State Fair runs July 17-28 and this year’s theme is “Let’s Have S’More Fun!” Connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat and YouTube.


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