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Local Tip #3: CA Mid-State Fair

April 3, 2018

Nothing says summertime in Paso Robles like the California Mid-State Fair, July 18 – 29!

With the concert lineup released and tickets on sale, we are dreaming of hot summer days and warm nights at the fair.

The California Mid-State Fair opened in 1946 and runs for 12 days at the end of July.  12 days of cowboy boots, carnival rides, concerts, and munching on a corn dog while strolling down the midway.

So, dust off your belt buckle, grab your cowboy hat and round up your friends for a Mid-State Fair adventure! Here are tips to make the most of your fair experience.

Put on your dancing shoes

The Fair has hosted some of the biggest names in the music industry. Artists such as Garth Brooks, Aerosmith, Tom Petty, Journey, Rod Stewart, Fergie, Justin Bieber, Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton and Kenny Chesney have all performed on the main stage. While the entire performance line up has yet to be released, the 2018  music acts include Eric Church, Luke Bryan, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, ZZ Top, Florida Georgia Line, and comedian, Gabriel Iglesias. You can also rock out to music on the free stage at the Frontier Stage. Tickets are on sale for all announced shows. Buy concert tickets here. Tip: If there during the day, you might be able to hear sound check while strolling the fairgrounds.

Grab a bite

Corn dogs, funnel cake, deep-fried Twinkies, turkey legs, and corn on the cob are just a few of the delicious fair foods that you can feast on. Calories don’t count when you’re at the fair, so make sure to enjoy all of the sweet, salty and greasy offerings that can be found. Tip: the freshest (dipped to order) corn dogs are from Hotdog on a Stick located on the midway across from the hot pretzel stand.

Midway Magic

The carnival takes you back to childhood with TWO separate carnival areas: the traditional carnival area, plus the Cub Country, a carnival dedicated to toddlers and young children. Tip: you can request a big splash on the log flume and then dry off (you will be soaked) with a spin on the flying swings. Then try your luck at the carnival games and take home the giant teddy bear you always wanted.

Break out your belt buckle

Be sure to stop by the animal pavilions which house FFA and 4H’s livestock the second week of the fair. Many livestock shows and competitions happen during the 12-day period. Don’t forget to get your tickets for the annual Country Rodeo Finals.

Tip: The FFA and 4H junior livestock auction is a blast, held the final weekend, where you can bid on pigs, lamb and steer and support our local kids.

Don’t forget the wine!

Each year the best wine on the Central Coast is presented and judged at the Central Coast Wine Competition.  Feel like you’re part of the industry by attending the SLO County Wine Awards, honoring the year’s top winery, winemaker, winegrape grower and wine industry persons of the year, held the first Friday at Mission Square. Tip: Last year the 15C Wine Bar at Mission Square was serving Frosé, a nice refresher on a warm day.

We hope to see you at the Fair! For more information, visit www.midstatefair.com.