Last Weekend for the Fair


Have you had a chance to visit the California State Fair yet? We’re entering the final days; Sunday is the last day. You’re not much of a “fair” person, you argue? But there is so much to do! There are the rides, of course: the log ride, that ride that looks like a swing (except it goes much faster and much higher). Not much of a ride person? It’s entertainment enough to watch people coming off the rides! Speaking of entertainment, there is something going on—from music to a hypnotist and more—every day, throughout the day, including free concerts nightly on the Golden 1 Stage (Kool & the Gang plays Thursday night). Love to shop? Hit the Shoppers’ Expo, where you’ll probably find everything from jewelry to smoothie makers. It’s a hoot, even if you don’t like to shop. There’s an exhibit for just about every interest (art, animals and the always-entertaining county exhibits), the Livestock Pavilion (hold your nose and watch your step) and The Farm, which one of my friends raved about.

Hungry? This is your place to find things fried that you did not even know could be fried. But if you want something healthier, the corn on the cob is a great option. (Find the stand that allows you to add your own butter.) See? There’s a lot to do. But my absolute favorite part of the fair is the floriculture area. It is so peaceful and serene there—and, typically, a bit cooler. It’s adjacent to Save Mart Wine Country, another not-so-bad place to be.

Tickets to the fair are $12 general, $10 ages 62 and older, $8 children ages 5 to 12 and free for children ages 4 and younger. Rides are extra. Parking is $10. Fair hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. (last admission at 10 p.m.) through Thursday, 10 a.m. to midnight. Friday, Saturday and Sunday (last admission at 10 p.m.). The midway opens one hour after the fair opens.

What: California State Fair
When: Through Sunday, July 28
Where: Cal Expo, 1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento
Tickets: $8–$12