Fun gets bigger at the state fair

By April 25, 2011

“The Fun Just Got Bigger!” is the theme for the 2011 California State Fair, July 14-31. Early plans indicate Poppy, the State Fair mascot, has been scouring the California landscape identifying big and amazing attractions for the public to enjoy at this annual summer event held at Cal Expo in Sacramento.

“The State Fair loves to celebrate California’s bounty with traditional exhibits and competitions but we also strive to bring new and relevant attractions that will entertain and inspire loyal fair patrons and cultivate a new generation of fair fans,” stated Norbert J. Bartosik, CEO of California Exposition and State Fair.

This July fairgoers will experience a wide variety of attractions which are either large in scale or play on grandiose traditions of fairs, agriculture, and entertainment.

At the bug exhibit, in the center of the fairgrounds this summer, patrons will experience an amazing exhibit featuring gigantic robotic insects. The indoor attraction includes enormous bugs (praying mantis, locust, fighting beetles, caterpillar, stick insect, lady bug and more) that move just like real life.

There will be plenty of interactive areas and photo opportunities for the entire family. Entrance to this exhibit is free with fair admission.

The State Fair and Stage Nine Entertainment Company invite you to enroll in “Rock U — The Institute of Rock “N” Roll.” This marquis exhibit will showcase all aspects of this industry from the creative, performing, production and consumer, it’s all here.

Come learn about the history of rock ‘n’ roll and gain valuable hands-on experience to become a rock star. “Rock U” will provide the total music experience for all ages. Entrance to this Expo Center, Building No. 5 exhibit is free with fair admission.

In the floriculture tent at “Kangaroo Joey’s Big Adventure,” fairgoers will preview a worldly menagerie of live critters including a six-month old marsupial from Australia.

Baby Kangaroo Joey and his crew of furry, feathered and friendly buddies are headed on a swashbuckling adventure seeking treasures. Traveling the continents of Australia, Asia, Africa and South America they encounter lots of new friends. Come meet Joey, Wisk the Hedgehog, Emily the Emu, and Spike the Porcupine. Entrance to this exhibit is free with fair admission.

The State Fair and CDFA’s Division of Fairs and Expositions have partnered in Expo Center, Building No. 4 on “California’s Golden Fairs Exhibit” — an amazing retrospective exhibit celebrating the 200 year history of fairs and expositions in North America with a particular emphasis on fairs right here in the Golden State. You will be amazed to learn of the significant role fairs continue to play in our culture and tremendous impact on the economy.


A partial listing of colossal fun and free activities includes: monster truck rides, everyday;  the farm with baby barnyard animals, everyday; Toyota Xtreme Zone and Motocross, everyday; Hypnotist Suzy Haner, everyday; fireworks, nightly; Poppy’s Birthday Party, July 19;  Kids Talent Showcase, July 26; Hot Rod Tractor Pull, July 29.

Activities with some cost associated include: live horse racing (thoroughbreds and mixed breeds), July 14-17 and 20-24, free, $3 box seats;  Metal Mayhem Demo Derby, July 23, free limited seating, $5 reserved; Taste and Celebrate the Best! Wine Event (Formerly California Grape and Gourmet), July 29, $25; Friends of the Fair Brewfest, July 30, $15;  Sacramento Mile Motorcycle Race, July 30, $30-$95 (Includes State Fair Admission; Magnificent Midway and Kids Park, everyday, ride tickets and wristbands available.

Event tickets are on sale only at

Exciting Concert Series

The Concert Series is always reason to attend the State Fair.  The 2011 preliminary lineup and Gold Circle tickets include: The Fab Four — The Ultimate Tribute, Thursday, July 14, $10; Blue Oyster Cult, Friday, July 15, $10; Air Supply, Monday, July 18, $12; Neon Trees, Tuesday, July 19, $16;  Lee Greenwood, Wednesday, July 20, $10;  Aja Vu — Music of Steely Dan, Friday, July 22, free;  War, Saturday, July 23, $10;  Choo Choo Soul featuring Genevieve at 1  and 4 p.m., Tuesday, July 26, $3; Moonwalker featuring Michael Firestone, A Reflection of Michael Jackson, Wednesday, July 27, $10;  Three Dog Night, Thursday, July 28, $10;  Starship starring Mickey Thomas, Sunday, July 31, $10.

General viewing of all concerts is free with State Fair admission but reserved seats will be sold for an additional fee based on the performer at Online concert tickets are now on sale to nonsubscribers at All shows will be held on the Golden1 Stage at 8 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

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What: California Exposition & State Fair

Where: 1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento

When: July 14-31

Admission tickets and discount packages:

Advance online admission tickets to the 2011 California State Fair are on sale now at

Poppy Pak, $39.95 – Includes 4 general admission, 4 Monorail or 4 ride tickets & parking
General Admission $10
Seniors (ages 62+), $8
Youth (ages 5-12), $6
Child (ages 0-4), free

Season Pass, $29.99 – Includes State Fair admission, unlimited Monorail rides & admission to Raging Waters (valid July 14-31 only)
Unlimited Ride Wristband $28
Unlimited Ride Wristband/Admission Combo $38
Parking, $10




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