Come One, Come All!

12 DAYS of FUN! The Paso Robles Event Center is on 40 acres in the heart of wine country. The Event Center operates as a multi‐purpose, multi‐functional, year‐round facility accommodating a variety of events including the annual California Mid‐State Fair, equestrian events, concerts, wine events, special events, business expos, parties, weddings, meetings or trade shows.
The crew at the Paso Robles Event Center have been busy putting together the 2017 version of the California Mid-State Fair, with a new slogan, “America’s Favorite Fair,” with the theme of “Come One, Come All…” slated to begin Wednesday, July 19 and running through Sunday, July 30. For details and updates regarding everything happening at this year’s California Mid-State Fair check out While several area publications produce their versions of Fair guides, we’ve simply put together an overview of many of the things to look for, special activities, exhibits and shows, plus a look at the entertainment and other items we believe you’ll find of interest “We’ve updated the website ( to make it easier to access and explore so many more attractions,” said CMSF Head of Sponsorships & Publicity Tom Keffury. “New this year is a brand new carnival provider, with 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 our brand new Paso Robles Pavilion, a structure that features 100,000 square feet of exhibit space. And while you’re at the Fair this year, stop by one of our many new attractions like the Hall of Bugs, Slugs & Spiders, Wild West Turkey Stampede, Strongest Man & Woman Competition or Tomatoes, Tortoises & Treasures exhibit! “If you haven’t been to the Fair for awhile, this year will be a good time to attend, I know you’ll enjoy all the upgrades!”
Heritage Foundation sign at CMSF
The California Mid‐State Fair Heritage Foundation works to preserve and enrich the heritage of the 16th District Agricultural Association and offers support to the 4-H and FFA programs, create agricultural education opportunities, and maintain a standard of excellence and expansion in the facilities by implementing capital improvement programs. (We salute their efforts with a special Fair Family Focus by Meagan Friberg). The new Paso Robles Pavilion, a NEW 100,000 square feet of covered event space with state of the art facilities was built with funding provided by the Heritage Foundation and  includes NEW Professional Lighting, NEW Big Ass® Fans, NEW Restrooms & Shower Facilities, NEW Wash Racks and NEW Adjacent Show Office. Join today – 100% of all monies received for The Heritage Foundation goes back into the Mid-State Fair and Paso Robles Events Center, learn more at


Miss California Mid-State Pageant
Miss California Mid State Pageant – Tuesday, July 18
The 2017 Miss California Mid-State Fair pageant will be on Tuesday, July 18, at 6:30 p.m. on the Frontier Stage. See individual bios below. Admission to the pageant and parking will be free!
The contestants include: 
* Yvette Fiorentino – San Luis Obispo
Yvette is 17 years old and a senior at SLO High School. She’s an active member in FFA, a performer with the women’s ensemble choir with SLOHS, and is a part of the group PHSS. Her platform is to get youth involved in agriculture.
* Codie Wilshusen – San Miguel
Codie is 18 years old and will be a freshman in college. While in 4-H, she was involved with the swine club for 7 years, sewing, and public speaking groups. Her platform is titled “Fun Fitness Zone” where she will provide stations for youth to have fun and gain knowledge about the importance of fitness.
* Suzanne Belton – Paso Robles
Suzanne is 17 years old and a senior at Paso Robles High School. She’s a part of the performing company at Artistry in Motion, PRHS Jazz N’ Company, and PRHS Leadership. Her platform is titled “Caring for America’s Youth through Physical Fitness” and it is to inspire young people to get up and dance.
* Adrianne Stultz – Atascadero
Adrianne is 19 years old and a Phlebotomist at Twin Cities Hospital. She is currently attending Cuesta College for her nursing degree.  She’s involved with PRHS Cheer, PRHS FFA, and Bay Area Youth Cheer. Her platform is titled “Back on Track with Ag” and her plan is to reach out to at-risk youth and turn their focus to agriculture to help them develop skills that will help better their future.
* Autumn Boyd – Los Osos
Autumn is 18 years old and a senior at Morro Bay High School. She’s a member of FFA, Educators Rising, Friday Night Lights, Big Brothers Big Sisters Mentoring, and CMSF Junior Fairboard. Her platform is “Learning Through Plants, Poultry, and Play” and she plans to educate children and their parents about the agricultural opportunities in the community.
* Amanda Weddle – Morro Bay
Amanda is 18 years old and a senior at Morro Bay High School. She’s a member of FFA and also her high school’s Key Club. Her platform is to use agricultural education to encourage farmers and ranchers to hang “road crop” signs and to then educate the community about the large, growing, and diverse agriculture industry in SLO County.
* Isabel Caffee – San Luis Obispo
Isabel is a 19-year-old freshman at Cuesta College. She’s a member of Momentum Professional Dance Company, CERN intern, and Noor Clinic in San Luis Obispo. Her platform will be an outreach to SLO County’s homeless population to provide seminars in which she will teach first-aid to those who are staying at the facility.
* Kimberly White – Arroyo Grande
Kimberly is 17 years old and attends Arroyo Grande High School. She’s involved in the Interact Club, PCPA, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Great American Melodrama, ASB, Varsity Cheerleading, Eagles Central Coast Soccer, Coastal Dance and Music Academy, and Coastal Chamber Youth Ballet. Her platform is about the “#17 Strong Foundation” and her goal is to inform the public about the foundation and how to help others carry out their legacy.
* Blakelee Adams – Paso Robles
Blakelee is 17 years old and attends Paso Robles Pro Academy. She’s involved with Bucket Busters, FFA & 4-H, Iron Brothers Weight Lifting, Paso Robles Aquatics, and Love Branches. Her platform is to share the importance of music in the development of children.
* Jamie Lynn Stapf – San Luis Obispo
Jamie is 20 years old and is a sophomore at Cal Poly. She’s involved in the Dairy Club at Cal Poly and also Cal Poly Cheerleading. Her platform is to inform the youth about where their food comes from to provide a sense of comfort to them.
Cattlemen & Farmers Day
Thursday, July 20
* 8:15 am – Cow Dog Trials @ Equestrian Center
* 9 am – Commercial Cattle Pens Judging
* 11:30 am – BBQ Lunch – tickets are $8/pre-sale and $10/door
* 12:45 pm – Agriculture in the Classroom & JB Dewar Tractor Restoration
* 1 pm – Ranch Horse Class @ Hearst Equestrian Center
* 1:30 pm – Industrial Arts Program & Auction @ The Barn
* 4 pm – Social Hour
* 5 pm – BBQ Steak Dinner – tickets are $20/pre-sale and $25/door.
* 6:30 pm – Presentation of Awards – announcement of the 2017 Cattleman of the Year, Cattlewoman of the Year, and Agriculturalist of the Year.
Get Crafty
Saturday, July 23
Mixologists will combine California Agriculture and the growing Craft Spirit Industry in California in a live, educational competition. These creative cocktails will be featured in a two-hour festival tasting! Competition at 3:30 pm, tasting at 5 pm.
Senior Day
Tuesday, July 25
All those 62 years of age and older receive daily admission for only $5!
Pancake Breakfast
Wednesday, July 27
Come enjoy a delicious free pancake breakfast with all the fixins’ in the Downtown City Park. Tickets can be found at any of the downtown merchants.
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Saturday and Sunday, July 29 & 30
The aquarium booth consists of a prize wheel where participants can win different prizes such as stickers, water bottles, reusable bags, etc. and Monterey Bay Aquarium general aquarium tickets as the grand prize. We also have membership brochures and Seafood Watch cards available.
Parade - Everyday
July 19-30
Come One, Come All to the midway at 4 pm and see the Biggest Little Parade anywhere celebrating this year’s Fair!
Wine Industry Awards
Friday, July 21
Join the Central Coast wine community in celebrating this year’s award-winning wines and wine industry members. Scheduled in Mission Square on Friday, July 21, 5 pm, the ticketed event will feature walk-around tasting of the gold medal winners of the Central Coast Wine Competition plus a special presentation honoring this year’s top industry awards for winery, winemaker, wine grape grower and wine industry persons of the year. Held in cooperation with the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance and SLO Vintners. Separate admission required for tasting.
Kids Day
Monday, July 24
Kids aged 12 and under get in FREE!
Cattlemen’s Choice
Wednesday, July 26
Qualified and experienced members of the San Luis Obispo County Cattlemen’s Association will judge and select the top Bred Heifers entered in this year’s Cattle Competitions as if they were selecting the females as an actual purchase from a ranch or cattle auction facility. Judging is Wednesday, July 26, 5:30 pm. The top four exhibitors will be recognized and receive awards at the Heifer Auction scheduled for Friday, July 28, 6 pm.
Armed Forces Day
Saturday, July 29
Members of the Armed Forces with a valid military ID get in for FREE!


WOW! Helm and Sons Amusements Carnival of Colton, CA has been selected as the new Carnival provider for the California Mid State Fair. Known for innovation, safety and value, Helm and Sons Amusements was selected after an extensive R.F.P. bidding process to provide amusement rides, carnival games and food for the next five years. According to CMSF CEO Michael Bradley, Helm and Sons, “has the experience, reputation and commitment to safety and quality that make them one of the best in the industry. We were very pleased with their proposal and all of us are very excited to work with the Helm team for many years.”
Value pricing coming to the Carnival Value in ride, game and food concessions pricing was a major factor in deciding on the new Carnival provider for the 2017 Fair. Helm and Sons Amusements is very committed to providing not only great guest service but they are very conscious of pricing and value. They have committed to maintaining the same daily unlimited ride wristband pricing for this year as in the past.” Commented Michael Bradley, CMSF CEO. In 2017, individual ride tickets will be 50% less to purchase than past years. Guests wishing to purchase ride tickets instead of wristbands, will find that the tickets are priced at 50 cents each and rides costs less per ride than other Carnivals. The number of tickets per ride varies from 4 to 12. “The maximum price per ride regardless of the ride, even the largest most extreme rides like the Big Splash, on our Show is $6.00. Compare this to other Carnivals where the ticket price is $1 each and the number per ride is up to 7 or 8 resulting in a cost of $8 or 25% more than we charge! We think this is a great value.” Said Davey Helm, CEO of Helm and Sons Amusements. Even the Carnival games offer an excellent value. Many games have an option for a $2 or $3 game, many games are Winner-Every-Time, which means that just for playing you take home a prize. And according to Helm even the harder to win games of skill provide a prize once a guest has spent $20 at that game. You will see fewer games at this year’s fair reported Helm. “We like to keep the game duplications to a minimum and we feel that with good variety less is more when it comes to games. While we have something for every guest taste from sports to traditional games, we don’t believe in just filling space with games, we want a good balance of rides, games and food.” The new Carnival will provide two separate but equally exciting Carnival areas this year. The traditional area of the main carnival for teens and adults and this year, for the first time, a new area called “CUB COUNTRY!” This award-winning area will be located right inside the South Gate next to the Frontier Stage and is designed to provide a safe, fun environment for toddlers and young children, away from the hustle and bustle of the other two Carnival areas. Great value is also part of the Cub Country plan, every ride is only 4 tickets ($2) the absolute least expensive rides on the midway, and parents go free if the little ones are too scared to go alone. The area is designed with safety, comfort and fun in mind. CUB COUNTRY features, plentiful seating, 4-5 colorful safe, clean, specially selected rides for children in the 32” to 38” height range, one Farm themed soft bounce with low sides so parents can watch their children, themed music, custom made chainsaw carved wooden Bear ornaments and statues, picket fencing, a winner every time kids only game and plenty of space for strollers and spreading out. “We developed the concept for CUB COUNTRY over the past few years, with the idea in mind that we need to create new and positive experiences for the most underserved of our usual guests – the stroller set,” stated Davey Helm. All Carnival rides require riders to be a certain height. Ordinarily a Carnival only supplies rides that accommodate children over 38”. Helm and Sons has found that most children in that size range have a younger brother or sister who can’t ride some of the more traditional kid rides alone or at all. “That leaves them with few options and ultimately sad,” according to Helm. It was with this dilemma in mind that Helm and Sons Amusements developed CUB COUNTRY. Over a period of three years Helm and Sons Amusements began purchasing rides to serve this group of riders. In 2013 the first CUB COUNTRY was featured at several Fairs. Using WOW! as their tagline, Helm and Sons Amusements proposal says that their goal is to have you say “WOW!” when you experience the midway this year. They have offered several new and unique attractions and programs to the CMSF in their massive proposal. Including new rides such as the water flume ride Big Splash, Star Dancer, Shock Wave, Zombie House, and a Minion Themed Funhouse. New kid rides include a Lego-themed Block City and a Mad Birds- themed obstacle course as well as Cub Country glass house, and a turtle race.
Wild West Turkey Stampede
You’ve never seen anything quite like the galloping gobblers of the California Mid-State Fair’s first-ever Turkey Races. Watch as teams of turkeys race around the track in pursuit of Big Red, a remote-controlled mini truck with a few tricks up his fenders. The whole family will enjoy this fun, engaging and educational experience and will walk away with new appreciation for turkeys.
Tomatoes, Tortoises and Treasures
This exhibit showcases how bountiful San Luis Obispo County is in soil, knowledge and culture. In partnership with Farm Supply, Cal Poly, Pacific Animal Productions and Three Speckled Hens, this new-for-2017 covered, outdoor exhibit focuses on ag life in the county, advancements in equine nutrition and vintage home décor with engaging displays and educational materials.
ARCY Live!
Street Artist Ryan ‘ARCY’ Christenson, a spray paint mural artist, brings his “Live Tour!” to the California Mid-State Fair to create a different photo-realistic mural live right in front of Fairgoers’ eyes daily.
Tractor & Truck Pull
MLM Motorsports brings professional tractor and truck pulling to the Fair on Sunday, July 30, 7:30 pm! See everything from street driven trucks to modified trucks and tractors all the way to 4-engine, 6,000-horsepower unlimited modified tractors. The big boys take their turn dragging the 40,000-pound sled down the 300-foot track. You do not want to miss this ground-pounding, power-packed night of excitement for the whole family!
Pony Rides
Everyday during the fair young cowboys and cowgirls can enjoy a trot around the pony ring located in Rancho Frontier for only $7 a ride.
Robotics for Kids
On July 23, 5:30 pm have your child be a part of the hands-on activities using scribbler robots that have been programmed by elementary through high school age youth! The activity is being put on by the San Luis Obispo County 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Committee in the Hearst Equestrian Center.
Barn Dance
Every night when the sun goes down the dance floor comes to life just outside Headliner Stage, with 98.1 KJUG providing the perfect music to get your “honky-tonk” on and dance from 9 pm till closing.
Bugs, Slugs and Spiders
Creepy, crawly and odd things that go bump in the night are on display at Pacific Animal Production’s new educational exhibit in the Ponderosa Pavilion. Open daily, the hands-on, interactive exhibit features insects, arthropods and bugs like tarantulas, slugs, scorpions, millipedes, cockroaches, butterflies, beetles and the Giant Bird-Eating Spider; bug eaters including anteaters and lizards; the story of the Good, Bad and Yummy types of insects; and the Food of the Future edible insect display with free chocolate-covered bug tasting.
Kids Art Smart
Studios on the Park, the nonprofit open studios art center in downtown Paso Robles, brings its hands-on Kids Art Smart program to the Fair! Artists of all ages are invited to join the Studios team and experience the joy of art with free daily printmaking sessions. Get ready to learn a new technique and create a masterpiece of your own. Pop-Up Studios is your destination for art education at the Fair!
One-Day Admission, regular during fair: Child (6-12) $8, Adult (13-61) $12, Senior (62+) $10 ($6 on Seniors Day…Tuesday, July 25)
Pre-Sale Discount @ CMSF Box Office through July 18, 5 pm: Child (6-12) $7, Adult (13-61) $10, Senior (62+) $9.
Pre-Sale Discount @ Albertson’s and Von’s through July 18, 5 pm: Child (6-12) $6.25, Adult (13-61) $9.25 and Senior (62+) $8.25
Season Passes (good for all 12 days of the Fair) – Regular, during Fair: Child (6-12) $30, Adult (13+) $60.
Pre-Sale Discount @ Farm Supply through July 18, 5 pm and redeem at the CMSF Box Office: Child (6-12) $25 and Adult (13+) $50.
Carnival Ride Wristbands
* Regular during Fair: $35/day available in the Carnival Area.
* Pre-Sale Discount through July 18, 5 pm: 25/day
* Pre-Sale Discount @ Albertson’s and Von’s through July 18, 5 pm: $25.25/day
* BEFORE 3 pm: $10/day
* AFTER 3 pm: $20/day
Carnival, Outdoor Vendors & Outdoor Concessions
* Noon – Midnight each day of the Fair.
Exhibit & Indoor Commercial Buildings
* Noon – 10 pm each day of the Fair.
Administration Office
* Monday-Friday: 8 am – 4:30 pm
* July 4: Closed
* July 5-7: 8 am – 5 pm
* July 8-9: Closed
* July 10-14: 8 am – 5 pm
* July 15-16: 9 am – 4 pm
* July 17-18: 8 am – 5 pm
* July 19-30: 8 am – 8 pm (During Fair)
Box Office
* Monday-Friday: 9 am – 4 pm
* July 4: Closed
* July 5-7: 9 am – 5 pm
* July 8-9: Closed
* July 10-14: 9 am – 5 pm
* July 15-16: 9 am – 4 pm
* July 17-18: 9 am – 5 pm
* July 19-30: 9 am – 9 pm (During Fair)
Strongest Man and Woman Competition
“Come One, Come All” to see competitors use their strength, dedication and achievements to battle it out in the Fair’s first-ever Strongest Man and Woman Competition. nationally sanctioned as a Level 1 contest by Strongman Corporation providing athletes the opportunity to qualify for the National Championship in November. This one-day competition on Sunday, July 30 starting at 1 pm features (1) a log clean and press overhead, (2) a giant tire deadlift, (3) an arm over arm mega truck and beer wagon pull, (4) a Hercules hold and (5) Atlas stone series. Prizes and trophies will be given to podium finishers in each weight class. The event is being jointly promoted by the California Mid-State Fair and SLO Strong. Those interested in competing can find the entry form at Sign-ups are capped at 30 competitors total and the entry will close on June 30. Spectators can watch free of charge with paid Fair admission.
Talent Show
Head out to the Headliner Stage on July 19 at 5 pm to cheer on and root for your favorite talent at the competition!
Wine Industry Awards
Join the Central Coast wine community in celebrating this year’s award-winning wines and wine industry members in Mission Square on Friday, July 21, 5 pm. The ticketed event will feature walk-around tasting of the gold medal winners of the Central Coast Wine Competition plus a special presentation honoring this year’s top industry awards for winery, winemaker, wine grape grower and wine industry persons of the year. Held in cooperation with the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance and SLO Vintners. Separate admission required for tasting.
New Food Concessions
Crave Mini Donuts, Top Notch Concessions, The Hurricane Kitchen, The Gingerbread Shop, Pon’s Chinese Food, Baja Lobster Dogs, William’s Concessions
Petting Zoo
Free admission! Get up close with adorable young and small animals like llamas, pygmy goats, pot-bellied pigs, miniature donkeys, deer, wallabies and domesticated goats and sheep. Admission is free everyday and feed for the animals is available for $1 a cup.
Farm Fresh Kids
Walk through this free interactive, hands-on exhibit with fun and educational activities on agriculture, livestock and products from SLO County and California. Children can take a photo with a baby chick and earn a participation ribbon through free butter-making and strawberry craft activities.
Public Contests
Each night the Fair invites the public to join in a number of fun and friendly contests showcasing their talents including watermelon eating, cupcake challenge, locally grown salsa, apple pie baking, a junior fashion show and more!
Fun Zone
The Fun Zone located on the north end of the fairgrounds features Headliner Stage with free live entertainment including dance troupes and Zoo To You animal show plus other events. The Fun Zone offers Jimmy’s Watering Hole, the nightly KJUG Barn Dance and amusements including mechanical bull riding, rock wall climbing, walk on water and the Sling Shot ride (additional fees required for amusements).
Diaper Dash
At 2 pm on July 25 parents will be putting their little ones to the test for this fun filled competition where babies will be crawling to the finish line of the Quad!
Veggie Art
Albertsons and CMSF let your child turn fruits and veggies into playful objects at Ponderosa Pavilion on July 25, 2p m. Imagine creating, animals, vehicles or buildings out of food… Maybe a fun tractor made of carrots, zucchini, and red peppers?