Bethany Clough

Craft beer fans: Win free tickets to festival in the middle of a horse race – literally

It's a sign: Fresno fairgrounds grows its collection of rescued history

The Big Fresno Fair added three more signs to its collection of historic Fresno signs around the Paul Paul Theater. The 1950s signs represent Eddie’s Speed Shop, the Louie Kee Market and the Fresno Motel. Fresno Fair CEO John Alkire explains.
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The Big Fresno Fair added three more signs to its collection of historic Fresno signs around the Paul Paul Theater. The 1950s signs represent Eddie’s Speed Shop, the Louie Kee Market and the Fresno Motel. Fresno Fair CEO John Alkire explains.

How does sipping craft beer with racehorses thundering by sound?

Different? Indeed it is.

The Big Fresno Fair is holding its first-ever Craft Brew Fest Saturday literally in the middle of the horse track while races are happening. And we have two free tickets up for grabs – more on that in a moment.

Starting at 2 p.m., the festival will feature more than 30 craft breweries. That includes big names like Lagunitas and Firestone Walker. Local breweries are also participating: Mad Duck Brewing, Full Circle Brewing, Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Company, Riley’s Brewing Company and House of Pendragon.

Tickets cost $45 in advance and $50 at the gate and include parking (also in the horse track infield) and access to the fair. A tunnel under the track allows people easy access to both.

The Fresno Bee has two tickets to give away. To enter, comment on the newspaper’s Facebook post about this story by the end of Wednesday and we’ll randomly choose one person to get the two tickets.

If you don’t win, you can buy tickets online or in person at Tioga-Sequoia’s beer garden, as well as Full Circle and House of Pendragon’s Clovis and Sanger locations.

The event is also a fundraiser for the Fresno County Historical Museum.

Here are the official rules:

Recipients will be notified by e-mail or Facebook message at the end of each giveaway period. No substitutions or transfer of winners/prizes. Prizes are not redeemable for cash. Some prizes may have due dates for redemption/use. Employees and immediate family of The Fresno Bee, fresnobee.com and any/all of the participating giveaway sponsors, are not eligible to win. By accepting a giveaway, recipient consents to allow the use of his/her name and/or photograph for advertising or similar promotions without further compensation. Winner releases all sponsors of liability regarding use and enjoyment of the prizes. Tax liabilities and insurance, if any, are sole responsibility of the winner. No purchase necessary to win.

Bethany Clough: 559-441-6431, @BethanyClough

If you go

Big Fresno Fair runs Wednesday-Oct. 15

Gates open: Monday-Friday 11 a.m., Sat.-Sunday 10 a.m. Doors open at 9 a.m. Oct. 9 for senior and special interest day.

Gates close: Sunday-Thursday 11 p.m., Friday-Saturday midnight

Tickets: Adults $12, children ages 6-12 $8, children 5 and under free, seniors 62 and over $8 (free on Oct. 9), military with ID $8.

Parking: Chance Avenue parking lot, $15; Butler Ave. and the infield lots, $10; Maple/Butler and Cedar/Kings Canyon, $5.

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