Although The Big Fresno Fair is mostly fun and games, there is some serious business taking place over at the Carolee Boele Livestock Pavilion, where 4-H and FFA students are hoping to raise some cash in exchange for the animals they’ve carefully raised.
On Saturday at the Junior Livestock Auction, the agriculture students exhibited turkeys, chickens, rabbits, goats and dairy replacement does and heifers that they’ve cared for over the past year. The students’ goal: take the top price and the top prize for their animals.
Livestock exhibitions are a longtime tradition at the fair and represent a year’s worth of work for the young exhibitors. Next Saturday, the auction will resume with students selling, beef, sheep and swine.
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The Big Fresno Fair
Gates open: Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m.
Gates close: Sunday-Thursday, 11 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, midnight
Museum: Open until 9 p.m.
Carnival: Monday-Friday, 3 p.m. to close (kiddie carnival opens at 10 a.m. Monday-Friday); Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m. to close
Horse racing start times: Monday, Thursday, Friday, 1:15 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 12:15 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $10; military, seniors 62 and older, and children ages 6-12, $7; children 5 and younger, free
Parking: $15, Chance Avenue lot; $10, Butler Avenue and infield lots; $5, Maple/Butler and Cedar/Kings Canyon lots
Clovis Park and Ride shuttle: Free shuttles pick up every half-hour from 9:40 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays from Clovis Park and Ride at Highway 168 and Temperance Avenue.