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5 Reasons Why You Must Attend the San Joaquin County Fair

Just in case you need more than a corn dog to convince you. Here are the five reasons you should visit the San Joaquin County Fair this year in Stockton, California.

Is there anything else that screams summer more than the San Joaquin County Fair?

The fair, a county staple since 1860, is named as one of the larger festivals in Stockton, California, and has remained a summertime family tradition for several decades! The new and improved San Joaquin County Fair located at the San Joaquin County Fairground, opens their gates to visitors from across the county from June 13 - 16, 2019. While the Fair is only in town for a few days out of the year, in that short time, there’s a ton of fun to be had!

The abundance of deep-fried delicacies may be one of the main attractions for those adventurous eaters. But if you still need help deciding what the fuss is all about at the county fair, and how to make the most out of your visit, we are here to help!

Here are five resourceful reasons why you should find the time to take the whole family to the San Joaquin County Fair this year.

Food, Treats, and Beer!

Because everyone deserves a cheat day, right?! Some go to the San Joaquin County Fair because it is a summertime tradition, others go to check out the interesting livestock competitions or lively musical performances. But if we’re being honest, all of us go straight for the food!

Fair food only comes once a year, so we eat as much of it as we can! You surely will not feel swindle by the number of food options at the fairgrounds. Want something fried? There is a stand around every corner, frying unexpected items from Oreos cookies to large pickles. Whatever you choose, bring a hearty appetite to enjoy some of the best treats the fair has to offer! And of course, you can't leave without indulging in a warm, crisp funnel cake topped with cold strawberry sauce or giant corn dog in hand!

New this year, the Fair will offer a County Fair Kitchen experience in Building #3 at the fairgrounds, highlighting local restaurants, food trucks, and well-known foodie pop ups by new and upcoming chefs. You will enjoy a variety of food in a comfortable, cool environment at the fairgrounds.

Daily Themes & Entertainment!

Celebrating the county's diverse culture, the Fair offers nightly musical concerts, featuring emerging regional talent, along with intriguing exhibitions during the day. The Fair also features a Community Stage, Main Stage, Grandstands, and a Homegrown Stage.

See the 2019 Fair Program for complete schedule of entertainment.

Fun Carnival Rides!

It is not a county fair without a full carnival experience! Children and adults alike will find a welcoming assortment of rides that will have them screaming with joy throughout the evening!

The Midway has expanded its attractions from years past to include heart-pounding thrill-rides to gentle, kid-friendly rides, new carnival games, and of course, the giant Ferris wheel, which offers a great vantage point to see all the activity at the San Joaquin County Fair. For many, this is the best part of the Fair experience.

Even if you fear heights, the Midway is a great place to sit back and people watch, too. Presale tickets are available online or can to be purchased at the dedicated ticket booth located at the entrance of the fair.

Intriguing Art Exhibitions!

The San Joaquin County Fair will showcase an abundance of fine art as well as floral and horticulture from talented community members across the San Joaquin County region.

Fair-goers can contemplate on a rich selection of modern and contemporary artworks by locals inside an air-conditioned building found next to the northwest entrance of the Fair. From fine arts and sculptures to Stockton photography, handmade quilts, and even wearable art are on display at the Fair!

Playful Farm Animals!

Cute and playful farm animals for days at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds!

Fair-goers love the milk barn, where they can watch cows being milked and learn about the county's dairy industry, and then be sure and stop by the San Joaquin AgFest happening within the San Joaquin County Fair. This annual event treats attendees to farm animal-related experiences, animal costume contests, hay bucking competitions, and traditional livestock auctions between June 11-15, 2019.

BONUS: General Fair Information

Gate Hours:

  • Thursday & Friday 5PM - 11PM
  • Saturday & Sunday 3PM - 11PM

No entry or reentry after 9PM. The Fair stays open for approximately 2 hour after the gates close for the night.

2019 Admission:

  • $10 adults
  • $5 Kids 6-12, children 5 and under get in FREE
  • $5 seniors 62+, military, students with ID
  • $35 Unlimited Ride Wristbands
  • $10 Parking

Special 2019 Admission:

  • All Night Thursday: Children 12 & under FREE. Seniors 62 & Over FREE. American Hero’s, First Responders with ID, FREE
  • Saturday & Sunday: Children 12 & under FREE from 3-5 pm

The San Joaquin County Fair is one of the best weeks of the summer. View the map of the San Joaquin County Fair and find your way around the fairgrounds. Each year, you find the same things that you know and love, and also find something new and exciting! No matter what you relish, or what your expectations are, the San Joaquin County Fair is stocked full of fun for just about everybody!

Need more convincing? Check out the fair's official website, for more information. You can also message us 7 days a week for assistance on shopping, dining, and things to do in Stockton.

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