MONTEREY COUNTY FAIR

August 31 - September 5, 2016

"Celebrate 80 Years" is the suiting theme for the 80th Annual Monterey County Fair from August 31-September 5, 2016 at the Monterey County Fair and Event Center in Monterey, California.

In addition to rousing family entertainment, carnival rides, games, and fun Fair-food, the fair provides an opportunity to celebrate Monterey County's unique history and heritage, from the aquaculture of Monterey's coast to the abundant produce and wines from its agriculture, and the wonderful home art exhibits to the excitement of the livestock competitions.

Carnival

Fun for all ages attractions are a staple for county fair carnivals, and the Monterey County Fair is no exception! Helm and Sons Amusements will offer a stellar line-up of new action-packed amusement rides and improved games including the Century Wheel (the largest wheel to ever grace the Monterey County Fairgrounds), the Lolli-Swing, the Cliff Hanger, and the Zipper. Rides not your "thing"? Take a stroll through the Haunted Mansion! The little ones will enjoy Baja Buggies and Busy Bees.

Music and Live Entertainment

Asleep at the Wheel is the featured performer for 2016's opening day on August 31. Also scheduled to perform is Journey Revisited, WAR and the Shane Dwight Band. All concerts begin at 7:30pm and are free with paid Fair admission.

Other performances on the three stages throughout the Fairgrounds include hypnotists, gymnasts, dancers, clowns, theatrical troupes, storytellers, and karaoke. The Fair will also include nightly performances at The Hunt Club.

Competitive Exhibits

Competitors in both junior and adult exhibitions show livestock, gardening, arts and crafts in the exhibition halls, each hoping to be the winner in their category. Fairgoers can also compete in daily cooking contests.

Tickets

Tickets bought in advance are $8 for adults and $4 for children under 12 years old. Tickets may be bought online or in-person at the Monterey County Fair main office, 2004 Fairground Road, Monterey. 

Monterey County Fair Hotels

Several hotels of Monterey and Seaside are all within a short walk or drive of the Monterey County Fair & Event Center. Various campgrounds and campsites are also available within a short distance to the venue.


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