Posted on: Wednesday, August 31, 2011 3:37 PM
by Allyson Ryan
Who doesn’t love the fair? Carnival rides, games, food on a stick, exhibits that usually involve pie or wine …. so why is it called a “fair?” We think the Monterey County Fair is well above average and here’s what makes it so special this year:
The 75th annual Monterey County Fair takes place this Labor Day weekend, August 31-September 5, at the Monterey County Fairgrounds. This hootenanny includes everything you could possibly want from a county fair including two new carnival rides on loan from Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch.
And let’s not forget the cuisine! Slices of Americana are served throughout the event such as cotton candy, corn dogs, funnel cakes and other fair fare.
Monterey County’s number one industry is agriculture, so it’s no surprise that farming throw downs including the livestock showcase, wine competition and pig races are some of the most popular exhibits taking place.
Visitors can also rock out to marquee performances from Lee Brice, Blue Oyster Cult and War and more. For a full list of daily events at the 2011 Monterey County Fair click here.
The Monterey County Fairgrounds is located at 2004 Fairgrounds Road in Monterey, CA. The fair is open from 12pm-10pm Wednesday, Thursday and Monday and 12pm-11pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Adult admission is $9 and Child admission is $5 (6-12 years old). To purchase tickets online click here. For more photos from the Monterey County Fair visit our Flickr set . Hope to see you there!
Author: Allyson Ryan
As the Content Manager at the Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Allyson manages digital marketing and social media for SeeMonterey. If she's not taking scenic pictures around the county, you are likely to find her on the Monterey Bay Coastal Rec Trail, sipping wine in Carmel Valley or hiking at Fort Ord National Monument.