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Merced starts local fair season

Merced starts local fair season

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POSTED June 8, 2010 9:30 p.m.

The Merced County Fair opens on Tuesday, just in time for locals to get a taste of the beginning of fair season.

The Merced County Fair will open their doors at 5 p.m. on Tuesday ending their first night with their popular Tractor and 4 x 4 pull and the Sons of the San Joaquin singing the night away.

Fair admission is $10 per person, with children between the ages of six and 12 $3, and children under five free. Parking is $3 for the day. 

This year there will be a variety of new activities and entertainment for fair goers of all ages. The fair will have duck races, an arts and crafts center, wine garden, traveling game show, Tadpole the clown, cooking contests, an antique tractor parade and much more.

The second day of the fair is dubbed as the First 5 Merced County Kid’s Day where children ages 12 and under get in for free. That night Skynnyn Lynnrd, a tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd, will reminisce about the days of “Sweet Home Alabama.” The night will end with an Extreme Free Style Motocross and Destruction Derby.

Other highlights of the 2010 Merced County Fair include a rodeo, bull riding, USA versus Mexico bulls and performances from Clay Walker, Tower of Power, Night Ranger and Alicia Villarreal. All shows are free with the price of admission.  

The fair is open from Tuesday through Friday starting at 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday opening at noon. The exhibit buildings close at 11 p.m., beer and commercial exhibits close at 11:30 p.m., food booths close at midnight, and the carnival and fair grounds close at 12:30 a.m. every night. The last day of the fair is June 20.

Every day fair goers can participate in activities like the hypnotist show with Dr. Scott Lewis, Old MacDonald’s Farm, the Petting Barn, carnival rides, a midway, Kiddieland, the wine garden, “Wetlands, Water and Wildlife” feature exhibit, building exhibits for senior, junior, 4-H and FFA and the Kids’ Zone.

The Merced County fairgrounds are located at 900 Martin Luther King Jr. Way in Merced. For more information about daily events at the fair, visit

To contact Maegan Martens, e-mail or call 634-9141 ext. 2015.

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