Written by Donald A. Promnitz
The 2018 Big Fresno Fair has officially arrived, bringing two weeks of rides, food, music and other attractions with it.
The opening of the fair officially began today inside the Blue Moon Yosemite Station north of the Chance Avenue entrance. This marks the 135th anniversary of the Fair, which attracts approximately 600,000 people each year.
Alongside some of the fair’s longstanding and popular events and attraction, this year will bring several new additions for those in attendance to enjoy. This includes the Let’s Play! Exhibit, a variety of giant-sized games like Operation and Connect Four, along with virtual reality and a Family Game Show. This year, the Fair will also be debuting the Tractor Tree, a 32-foot tower of 23 antique tractors welded to a metal frame. For bird lovers, the Lorikeets Encounter open aviary will be making its premier inside The Greenhouse/
Another new addition to the Big Fresno Fair will be The Nerveless Nocks aerial performance team.
“Since 1954, The Nerveless Nocks have been thrilling audiences across the United States, Canada, Mexico and worldwide,” said an announcement released by the Fair.
Meanwhile, popular mainstays that have drawn fairgoers like the livestock exhibit and other agricultural showcases remain. Many of these were raised or grown by area students in Future Farmers of America (FFA) and 4-H.
“Agriculture is the basis of why fairs were first developed,” said The Big Fresno Fair website. “Though showing their animals at The Big Fresno Fair, these students not only have the opportunity to showcase and sell their animal projects, but also learn responsibility and gain agribusiness experience throughout the process.”
These will be accompanied by Ag Ventureland, an area designed to teach fairgoers about such ag topics as seed investigation and magnetic boards, and the Cow Palace Milking barn will give people the opportunity to milk cows.
Included in this year’s fair for music entertainment are Boy George & Culture Club, Ludacris, Chicago and Salt-N-Pepa.
The Big Fresno Fair will run until Oct. 14 and gates will open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Admission is $12 for regular adults, and $8 for children ages 6 to 12, seniors age 62 and older and active military with I.D. Admission is free for all children age 5 and younger.