Stanislaus County Fair sees attendance boost over last year


stanislaus county fairTURLOCK – Nearly 239,000 guests visited the Stanislaus County Fair during its 10-day run that ended Sunday. That’s a 6 percent increase over last year’s attendance fair officials said.

Fair concessions were up 12 percent and Butler Amusement, the fair ride operator, said revenue was up 18 percent compared to 2013.

The fair’s mobile app was downloaded 19,441times total, with 4,300 new downloads for 2014.

In addition, 1,078 children signed up for the Kids Club program and completed educational passports to be eligible for a four pack, two-day Disneyland grand prize package.

“We consider ourselves very lucky to have such a supportive community,” said Stanislaus County Fair spokeswoman Adrenna Alkhas in a press release. “The fair at its core has a lot of history embedded on its grounds and is a special event for the community.”

Fair officials said they were pleasantly surprised at the popularity of the fair’s free park ‘n ride service which was used by 15,782 fair guests. Visitors were able to park for free at CSU Stanislaus and Pitman High School and take the shuttle to the fairgrounds.

More than 31,000 guests took advantage of the fair’s Free ‘Til 3 p.m. offer on Sundays during the fair.

Other highlights of the fair included the Food Network filming a segment of its show Carnival Eats at the fair; the New ReCharge! Modesto Toyota Lounge; the new Mommy and Me Lounge; Wizards Challenge, an interactive science exhibit; a farmers market; Rock It the Robot; and the toy train exhibit produced by San Joaquin Valley Toy Train Operators.

Concerts included Wynonna & The Big Noise, Kansas, Banda Machos, Rodney Atkins, Kool & the Gang, Fifth Harmony, Loverboy, Three Dog Night, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, and Ezequiel Pena.

Nearly 30,000 individual entries were exhibited at the 2014 fair, including more than 3,700 floriculture exhibits and 2,100 photography exhibits, fair officials said.

“The exhibit program is what sets us apart from other fairs in the state,” said Alkhas.  “The true mark of a fair’s success is not in attendance numbers, but in positive exhibitor participation and happy fair guests.”

Livestock and farm exhibits remained a staple at the fair. In fact, there were more livestock entries this year and  total gross sale of animals sold at auctions exceeded $1.3 million.  Future Farmers of America (FFA) and 4-H members sold 125 heifers at the 47th Annual Replacement Heifer Sale, grossing $516,350 ($4,212 per head).

Lane Wheeler, Turlock FFA, was the Supreme Champion and sold his heifer for $5,600.  Reserve Supreme Champion was Mya O’Brien, from Shiloh 4-H, who sold her heifer for $8,000.

The 50th Annual Junior Livestock Auction grossed $795,262 for FFA and 4-H members.  Sold at auction were four poultry pens, 22 rabbits, 138 goats, 193 sheep, 418 swine, and 33 steers.


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