The Tulare County Fair began its five-day run Wednesday with its traditional parade through downtown Tulare, home of the fairgrounds.
In Tulare, "fair day" -- the first day of the fair -- is a school holiday.
"We close down school in Tulare and all the kids wind up going," said parade chairman Ben Cooper. "It's a great day."
For 800 young people showing their dairy cows, beef cattle, sheep, pigs, goats, chicken and rabbits in the junior livestock area, the heart of the fair is the livestock show and judging, followed by market auctions.
The dairy cow auction takes place Friday night; for other animals, auctions are from 9:30 a.m. to about 5 p.m. Saturday.
Concerts, entertainment, food booths, exhibits and the midway make the fair a regional destination, interim chief executive officer Angie Avila said.
"We are bringing the community together to have a great time and meet their neighbors," said Avila, who also serves as CEO of the Kings Fair in Kings County.
Last year, attendance reached about 98,000 in five days, and Avila is hoping to top that this year.
"I really feel the community will come out and support the fair and the kids at the auction," she said.
Unlike some fairs in which live music costs extra, concerts are free with admission, she said. Most concerts begin at 8 p.m. on the Budweiser Stage:
Thursday: Tower of Power.
Friday: Lucky Ned Pepper (formerly The Smokin' Armadillos).
Saturday: Motley Crue tribute band True 2 Crue.
Sunday: Los Morros Del Norte (7 p.m.)
The Grandstand has other entertainment options:
Thursday, 7 p.m., 559 Fights, Mixed Martial Arts, $30 includes admission.
Friday, 7 p.m., Monster Truck, free with admission
Saturday, 7 p.m., bull riding, $7 general, $15 box seat
Sunday, 5 p.m., Destruction Derby, $15 general, $20 lower reserved
If you go:
Thursday, 4 p.m. to midnight
Friday, 4 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Saturday, 2 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Sunday. 2 p.m. to midnight
$9, adults; ages 6-12 and senior (62+), $5; under age 6, free
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