PASO ROBLES — The opening of the California Mid-State Fair is less than a week away and there is plenty being done at the fairgrounds in preparation for its run from July 18-29.
The theme of this year’s fair is “Ole! It’s Fiesta Time.” It all kicks off with the Miss CMSF Pageant at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 17, on the Frontier Stage.
California Mid-State Fair CEO Michael Bradley stated the theme “brings together bright colors, great food, diverse music and the important traditions that make the California Mid-State Fair so special.”
Bradley spotlighted a “What’s New List” highlighted by The Showcase of Cities, the exciting Pig Races and the Western Wildlife Oasis.
Other new programs include the “Hands-On Farming Exhibit,” new carnival rides, more livestock shows, more food, more pigs, more 4-H and FFA, longer shopping hours and a brand-new show known as Bikes, Bulls and Pulls set for July 29 in the Grandstand.
Here’s a quick look at some of the additions and old favorites on tap at the Mid-State Fair.
Bikes, Bulls and Pulls
Bikes, Bulls and Pulls will take place on Sunday, July 29, and is being produced by Cotton Rosser and Flying U Rodeo Company. The action-packed event will take place in the Main Grandstand Arena starting at 7 p.m.
It is billed as a non-stop, action-packed evening of thrilling:
Motocross featuring Pee Wee & Pros brought to you by Brett Butterfield; professional bull Rriding brought to you by Flying U Rodeo Company; and a tractor and truck pull featuring Cal Poly’s own “Legacy” tractor.
The event is being set up to move at a frantic pace from one event to another and back again. Speciality events will also be mixed in throughout the night including the “Toro Teeter Totter,” “Bull Poker” and Mutton Bustin’ (sign up form at www.MidStateFair.com).
Tickets for “Bikes, Bulls & Pulls” went on sale Friday, June 22 at $20 for adults (13 years old and older) and $10 for children (3-12 years old). The price increases to $25 for adults and $15 for children on July 14. Tickets can be purchased online at www.midstatefair.com, by calling 1-800-909-FAIR, or at the Fair Box Office located at 2198 Riverside Ave. in Paso Robles.
Two Carnival Areas
Along with a brand new carnival provider, there will be two separate carnival areas: the traditional carnival area, plus the brand new Cub County, a carnival dedicated to toddlers and young children.
At the north end of the Fairgrounds you'll find the new Paso Robles Pavilion, a towering structure that features 100,000 square feet of exhibit space. And while you're at the Fair this year, be sure to check out the new attractions like the Hall of Bugs, Slugs & Spiders, Wild West Turkey Stampede, Strongest Man and Woman Competition or Tomatoes, Tortoises and Treasures exhibit.
Craft Beer Tasting
Another first to the Mid-State Fair will be the Craft Beer Tasting and Awards Night. This new event will be held in the Mission Square Plaza on Wednesday, July 25. Guests will have the opportunity to meet the best brewers in the Central Coast, and taste their beers. The evening will end with the Craft Beer Awards, announcing the Brewmaster of the Year.
The Mission Marketplace will give 20 artisans and growers a home to showcase their locally grown and hand-crafted items. Located in Estrella Hall, the Fair’s largest indoor commercial building, the Marketplace will also feature Idler’s Demo Kitchen for the Chef of the Day and the award winners from our food and beverage contests including the Central Coast Commercial Wine Competition, Central Coast Olive Oil Competition, Central Coast Vinegar Competition, Home Brew, and Home Winemaking. It will be open from noon to midnight.
The ever-popular free pancake breakfast returns to the Downtown Paso Robles City Park from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. on July 26. 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. Tickets to the breakfast are required and can be picked up at downtown merchants.
In addition to the newcomers, the fair boasts another outstanding lineup of concerts on the Chumash Grandstand Arena, including the record-breaking, sold-out shows of Luke Bryan on July 26 and Eric Church on July 21.
The ticketed concerts begin with Florida Georgia Line on July 18, followed by Pitbull, Dwight Yokam (Rhythm and Brews night); Church, Demi Lovato, Gabriel Iglesias, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, ZZ Top, Bryan, Music and Wine with KC and the Sunshine Band, Rodeo Finals and Bikes, Bulls and Pulls.
For a complete look at what’s happening information, visit midstatefair.com.