California Exposition And State Fair

Global Winter Wonderland celebrates the season

Celebrate the magic of the holiday season at Cal Expo on Saturday, Nov. 14 to Jan. 3, 2016 by visiting the spectacular holiday festival and multi-cultural celebration Global Winter Wonderland. This year’s event marks all new illuminated landscapes celebrating the Magic of the Seasons. The Global Winter Wonderland experience includes multi-cultural entertainment, including the Circus […]

Cal Expo seeking new cultural advisory members

Cal Expo is accepting applications for its cultural advisory council. The cultural advisory council (CAC) enhances the outreach efforts of the board of directors at Cal Expo and staff in cultural communities throughout the state. The CAC also advises the board on matters pertaining to fair programs related to education, entertainment and other activities at […]

California State Fair launches Farm School Tours

The California State Fair has launched its new Farm School Tour program with students from Camellia Basic Elementary School. The award-winning farm is a 3.5-acre demonstration farm located in the center of Cal Expo in Sacramento. The Farm School Tours will take place weekdays throughout October and will resume in the spring of 2016. Each […]

At Cal Expo: 9/11 memorial open

On Friday, Sept. 11, in observance of the tragic events of that day in 2001, the Cal Expo 9/11 Memorial will be open to the general public from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The memorial honors the victims lost 14 years ago. This year a series of handmade benches made by high school students from the ACE […]

The best livestock arrives at the State Fair

The 2015 California State Fair is pleased to showcase the best livestock of the state. After the first round of shows, Open Beef, Nigerian Dwarf Goats, Boer Goats and Pygmy Goats will make their way to Cal Expo through July 18. The competitions include the Junior and Open Pygmy Goat Show, the Standard of Excellence […]

California State Fair honors best olive oils

The California State Fair held its inaugural Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition in May at the Miller Lite Racetrack Grandstand Clubhouse with distinguished judges and experts analyzing and evaluating the best olive oils from the Golden State. The California State Fair is proud to announce the Best of Show winner for Extra Virgin Olive Oil […]

Taste best brews at State Fair brewfest

Tickets to the Best of California Brewfest at the California State Fair are on sale now. This is the only brewfest in the region that focuses on award-winning beer from the State Fair’s Commercial Craft Brew Competition. Beer fans won’t want to miss this special event on Saturday, July 18 at the Miller Lite Racetrack […]

Beach Buddy Adventure wins

The California State Fair will be bringing back its Beach Buddy Adventure exhibit for the 2015 Fair. The popular exhibit provides education around the state’s fragile and connected ecosystem of streams, creeks, rivers, estuaries and the ocean. Returning for 2015 are the exhibits popular rescue animals, including the spiny lobster, the playful river otters, the […]

California State Fair accepting cheese entries

The California State Fair is now accepting entries for its annual commercial cheese competition to be held May 20. California cheese producers continue to stimulate California’s economy by creating more than 440,000 jobs and $63 billion in economic activity. Submitting entries through the online system makes it easy for cheese producers to be part of […]

State Fair wine entries due

The California State Fair is now accepting entries for its annual Commercial Wine Competition which will be held June 3-5. First held in 1855, the State Fair’s wine competition is the oldest and most prestigious wine event in North America. More than 700 wineries and 2,800 entries were part of the 2014 competition. It is […]

State Fair offers free nightly stage entertainment

The 17 best days of summer at the California State Fair will once again include 17 free nightly concerts on the Golden 1 Stage at Cal Expo. The 2015 State Fair takes place July 10-26 with the Toyota Concert Series featuring a variety of music genres including country, pop, rhythm and blues, classic rock and a […]

California State Fair names new chief wine judge

Mark Chandler of Lodi has been named the chief wine judge for the California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition. The State Fair competition is the oldest wine competition in California, dating back to the Gold Rush. It is also one of the most prominent and prestigious wine competitions in the country known for its integrity, […]

State Fair announces new competition

The California State Fair is expanding its commercial competitions for 2015 to include a competition for extra virgin olive oil. Of all the olive oil produced in the United States, California produces 99 percent and the California State Fair is seeking to find the best from California. Extra virgin olive oils in more than 15 […]

California State Fair receives international recognition

The California State Fair received the Judges’ Choice Award and Best of Division Agricultural Award of Excellence from the International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE) headquartered in Springfield, Mo. The prestigious Judges’ Choice Award was received for the State Fair’s development of the Save Mart Supermarkets California’s Kitchen to the California Building adjacent to […]

California State Fair accepting nominations for agricultural award

The California State Fair is accepting nominations for its Agriculturalist of the Year award. The Agriculturalist of the Year award is presented to an individual who has contributed extensively, in a professional capacity, to California’s agricultural industry. Award criteria stipulates this individual must have demonstrated leadership and clearly represented the industry over a number of […]

Cal State Fair to offer scholarships

Friends of the California State Fair are now accepting scholarship applications for the 2015-16 academic school year. Applications are available online at Twenty-seven scholarships will be awarded in the following areas: agriculture, animal science, arts, business, culinary, education, enology, event planning, fair industry, international studies, teaching credential program, viticulture and past exhibitors to the California […]

Horse racing is going at Cal Expo

Harness racing has started on Saturday nights in October and will continue on Saturdays and Sundays in November at the Miller Lite Racetrack Grandstand at Cal Expo, 1600 Exposition Blvd. in Sacramento. Enjoy the night at the Cal Expo Sports and Wagering Center with drinks at the Sports Bar and casual dining available each harness racing night […]

Young Marines to present colors at Cal Expo

In observance of the Sept. 11 attack of the World Trade Center in 2001, the Cal Expo 9/11 Memorial Plaza will open to the general public on Thursday, Sept. 11 from 8 a.m.-6 p.m.. The memorial at Cal Expo, 1600 Exposition Blvd. in Sacramento, honors the victims lost 13 years ago. The Sacramento Young Marines […]

UFC women’s bantamweight Miesha Tate to sign autographs at State Fair

The Ultimate Fighting Championship and Comcast Xfinity invites fans to join UFC women’s bantamweight Miesha Tate on Saturday, July 19 from noon-2 p.m. at the California State Fair. Fans will have the chance to meet and get an autograph with the UFC star at the Comcast Xfinity booth near Raging Waters at California State Fair. […]

Cartoonist visits State Fair

The California State Fair is proud to welcome Leigh Rubin, renowned cartoonist, to visit the fair from Saturday, July 19 to Tuesday, July 22. Rubin’s cartoons can be seen in more than 400 media outlets worldwide. Rubin’s art and cartoons will be on exhibit during the entire State Fair in the Fine Art Building, Expo […]

County exhibits popular at State Fair

Glenn County has won Best of Show for its county exhibit. The Salvagno family celebrated its 11th anniversary of building Glenn County’s exhibit at the California State Fair. The family has won silver and gold awards in the past and Glenn County has won the Best of Show Award for the second consecutive year. Member […]

State Fair recognizes military

Thursday, July 17 is Military Appreciation Day at the California State Fair and all active, reserve and veteran military personnel will be recognized with free admission to the State Fair with proper identification. Along with free admission there will be employment workshops for military, Military Ready to Eat (MRE) cooking competitions and events honoring military […]

State Fair announces home brew winners

The 2014 California State Fair proudly announces the award winners of the Home Brewed Beer competition. This year there were 665 entries and more than 290 registered participants, judges and stewards. For the 20th straight year entries included beers, specialty IPAs, ciders and perry (fermented pears). The California State Fair Home Brew competition is the […]

State Fair honors students and leaders

The summer’s main event, the California State Fair, was kicked off in style with its annual gala featuring gourmet food, a live auction, entertainment and awards. It was also a night for making dreams come true as the Friends of the California State Fair awarded more than $32,000 in scholarships ranging from $250 to $5,000 […]

Cal Expo hosts free simulcast horse racing

The Cal Expo Sports and Wagering Center is open Wednesday through Sunday offering off-track wagering from local, out-of-state and international racetracks with approximately 50-100 races per day at the Miller Lite Racetrack Grandstand. The Cal Expo Sports and Wagering Center offers food from the Winners’ Circle Grill and drink service from the Sports Bar. General […]

State Fair announces commercial cheese winners

The California State Fair has announced the winners of the 2014 Commercial Cheese Competition. Cheesemakers from throughout California participated in the hope of being recognized as one of the best cheesemakers in the state. This year’s judges for the 2014 competition included: Darrell Corti, Sacramento grocer and food and wine guru; Mary Dedrick, Dedrick’s Main […]

Cal Expo celebrates the July Fourth

Cal Expo and CBS Radio are joining the city and county of Sacramento to produce the largest pyrotechnics display in the area. The Independence Day Celebration is a family-oriented collection event focused around America’s birthday on Friday. The event begins at 4:30 p.m. and features all kinds of activities including inflatable water slides, face painting, […]

State Fair announces entertainment

California State Fair is excited to announce the free entertainment every night during the 2014 State Fair, July 11-27 at Cal Expo, 1600 Exposition Blvd. in Sacramento. This year the Toyota Concert Series offers concerts from a multitude of genres including rhythm & blues, country, classic rock, Top 40 pop and tribute bands, with something for every […]

State Fair announces 2014 Agriculturalist of the Year

For more than 160 years, the California State Fair has showcased the progress and advancements of the state’s agricultural industry. The extraordinary contributions of many individuals and businesses committed to advancing the robust agricultural industry has resulted in growing public interest. In celebration of these accomplishments, the California State Fair annually presents a series of […]

State Fair seeks advisory council applicants

In keeping with its mission to showcase the diversity of the state and achieve cultural competency, the California Exposition and State Fair announced it is accepting applications for its cultural advisory council. Ideal candidates are engaged community leaders, who are advocates, knowledgeable and qualified to represent California’s many diverse cultures, demographics, socio-economic groups and ethnic […]

Grape and Gourmet celebrates the best

SACRAMENTO — Wine lovers can taste the finest varietals in the state as California’s top vineyards and winemakers are honored at the 2013 Grape and Gourmet at Cal Expo, 1600 Exposition Blvd. in Sacramento, on Thursday, Aug. Fantastic local restaurants — including Mulvaney’s B&L, Thir13en and Tuli Bistro — will serve samples of their very best […]

Industry winners at the State Fair

SACRAMENTO- The Competition results are in for the 2013 California State Fair Industrial and Technology Education Competition. This competition is open to all California vocational education students enrolled in middle school through community college. The program highlights outstanding projects made by students in their pursuit of education and employable skills. Shows include architectural drafting, mechanical […]

County exhibits shine at State Fair

Awards were presented to 24 California counties exhibiting in the California State Fair. The Counties Exhibit has been a longstanding fan favorite and continues to draw crowds of fairgoers every year who support their favorite county. The team that built the bee-themed Glenn County exhibit, the Salvagno family, celebrated their 10th anniversary of building Glenn […]

State fair announces fine arts winners

SACRAMENTO – California Fine Art, the juried art show of the California State Fair, announced the award-winning artworks for 2013. Open to California artists aged 18 and over, the 2013 competition received more than 1,500 entries. The jury selected 180 artworks from this field to be exhibited and receive awards. A Juror’s Award and Best […]

Professor earns wine award

SACRAMENTO — A scientist responsible for discovering the family ties of several varieties of wine grapes and a vineyard responsible for the rediscovery of the Sierra Foothills as prime viticulture territory is receiving the California State Fair’s top wine and viticulture honors. Carole Meredith, professor emerita of the department of viticulture and enology at the […]

Disney letters come to the State Fair

“C-A-L-I-F-O-R-N-I-A – here they come.” Disney’s iconic California Adventure letters moved into their new home at Cal Expo. Thanks to the sponsorship from Golden 1 Credit Union, construction crews were hard at work engineering and launching the installation process of the Disney C-A-L-I-F-O-R-N-I-A letters, which stood at the entrance of California Adventure for a decade. The iconic letters were […]

Cal Expo lights up the sky

Cal Expo is hosting the 14th annual Sacramento Independence Day Pyrospectacular Celebration. The event on Thursday, July 4 is produced in collaboration with the city and county of Sacramento. The Independence Day Celebration is a family oriented collection of fun activities focused around America’s birthday and live music is provided by the U.S. Air Force Band — Mobility and […]

State Fair memories wanted

Your favorite California State Fair memories could end up in a commercial or on a giant billboard. The state fair of California wants to see your photos of Ferris wheel rides, favorite fair food and fun fair memories. Throughout the state fair’s 159 year history, a deep wealth of memories have been established, and every […]

Plenty of entertainment at the State Fair

Celebrating its 160th anniversary this summer, the California State Fair is excited to announce country music star, Randy Houser will perform on the closing night of the State Fair on Sunday, July 28. The Toyota Concert Series offers 17 free concerts hosting a variety of artists including rhythm and blues, country, classic rock, Top 40 […]

State Fair announces Golden Bear award

Celebrating its 160th anniversary, the State Fair is one of California’s oldest icons and has grown and thrived in large part through the contributions of individuals and businesses. In recognition of significant contributions, the State Fair announced Save Mart Supermarkets as the recipient of the 2013 Golden Bear Award, which acknowledges individuals and businesses that […]

California State Fair seeks nominations

SACRAMENTO — Since 1854, the California State Fair has showcased the progress and advancements of the state’s agricultural industry. Public interest and knowledge has grown because of the extraordinary contributions of certain individuals and businesses committed to advancing this mission and benefiting the State Fair as a whole. In celebration of these accomplishments, the California […]

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