Of­fi­cials Put Wrap On Suc­cess­ful 2018 Fair

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From guests hav­ing a roar­ing good time in­side the new di­nosaur ex­hibit to kids learn­ing about real life Ze­bras and Camels in­side the 4H Farm­yard, the 107th Stanis­laus County Fair brought in crowds from var­i­ous places to ed­u­cate them­selves about sci­ence and agri­cul­ture while hav­ing fun.

This year’s edi­tion of the fair drew in over 230,000 guests dur­ing its 10-day run. The fair opened on Fri­day, July 13 and con­cluded its an­nual run on Sun­day, July 22. Fair con­ces­sions were up 1 per­cent and But­ler Amuse­ment, the fair ride op­er­a­tor, was down 5 per­cent com­pared to 2017.

“This year was suc­cess­ful even with a slight de­crease in at­ten­dance,” said Matt Cran­ford, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of the Stanis­laus County Fair. “Great mu­sic and some cooler evenings re­ally cre­ate a fun evening out in the sum­mer.”

High­lights of the 2018 Fair in­cluded the Di­nosaur ex­hibit; In­no­va­tion Sta­tion; the em pow HER Lounge; The Mo­tor­cy­cle Stunt Show; Pig Races; the ReCharge Lounge; the Baby Care Cen­ter; and the re­turn of Suzy Haner the Hyp­no­tist. Another suc­cess for the 2018 Fair was the 3,090 chil­dren who signed up for the Kids Club pro­gram and com­pleted ed­u­ca­tional pass­ports for a fam­ily fun pack from KAT County ra­dio, which in­cluded four Santa Cruz Beach Board­walk tick­ets; four Mon­terey Bay Aquarium tick­ets; and two $40 Fan­dango tick­ets.

Guests en­joyed the Fair’s Free ‘til 3 p.m. on Sun­days. Over 22,000 guests took ad­van­tage on both Sun­days to at­tend the fair for free un­til 3 p.m.

Nearly 30,000 in­di­vid­ual en­tries were ex­hib­ited at the 2018 Fair, from or­chids and quilts to rab­bits and mar­ket hogs.

“We are very proud of our ex­hibit pro­gram and it is what sets us apart from other fairs in the state,” said Adrenna Alkhas, spokesper­son for the Stanis­laus County Fair. “The true mark of a fair’s suc­cess is not in at­ten­dance num- bers, but in pos­i­tive ex­hibitor par­tic­i­pa­tion and happy fair guests.”

Live­stock in­creased in en­try num­bers with to­tal gross sale of an­i­mals sold at the fair auc­tions ex­ceed­ing over $1.4 mil­lion. Fu­ture Farm­ers of Amer­ica (FFA) and 4-H mem­bers sold 125 heifers at the 51st An­nual Re­place­ment Heifer Sale, gross­ing $285,550 ($2,302 per head). Supreme Cham­pion was Ben­jamin Shinkwin, from Cen­tral Catholic FFA, sell­ing his heifer at $5,200. Re­serve Supreme Cham­pion was Mariah Agueda, from Hil­mar FFA, sell­ing her heifer at $3,600.

The 54th An­nual Ju­nior Live­stock Auc­tion grossed $821,726 for FFA and 4-H mem­bers. Sold at auc­tion were four poul­try pens, four mar­ket tur­keys, 23 rab­bits, 178 goats, 178 sheep, 345 swine, and 54 steers. The 54th An­nual Mar­ket Beef auc­tion grossed at $292,807.

Bren­nen Keeney, from Water­ford 4H, do­nated all his win­ning pro­ceeds from the mar­ket hog auc­tion to the fam­ily of the fallen fire­fighter, Braden Var­ney, of Cal fire bat­tling the blaze at Yosemite Na­tional Park. Var­ney was bat­tling the fires on July 14, 2018. As he was cre­at­ing a fire­break, his bull­dozer rolled down a steep ravine. He leaves be­hind a wife and two kids. Bren­nen Keeney was able to raise $9,862 from the sale auc­tion. All those pro­ceeds have since been do­nated to the Var­ney fam­ily.

The ex­cite­ment of seven nights of mo­tor­sports, and three nights of rodeo in the FoodMaxx Arena were wel­comed by fair guests. Both de­struc­tion der­bies were also well at­tended.

All of the 10 free celebrity con­certs on the Bud Light Va­ri­ety Free Stage were very well re­ceived. John Michael Mont­gomery; Kool & The Gang; La Sep­tima Banda; Trace Ad­kins; Blue Oys­ter Cult; Life­house; Salt n Pepa; Eas­ton Corbin; Grand Funk Rail­road and Pablo Mon­tero drew in large crowds.

The 2018 edi­tion of the fair drew in over 230,000 guests dur­ing its 10-day run with plenty of rides, con­ces­sions, con­certs and more to en­joy.

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