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2023 Salinas Valley Fair will be held on May 18th - 21st!

"Back in the Saddle" May 12-15, 2022

Hello Salinas Valley Fair Friends and Family!

We are so excited to welcome you back to King City to celebrate the 78th Annual Salinas Valley Fair May 12-15. This year, our theme is “Back in the Saddle,” and we are jumping right in with all of your favorite activities. The Fair will once again be filled with all of your favorite exhibitions like 4-H and FFA Livestock, cookies, photos, and so much more. We have expanded our exhibition program to include digital entries, including speeches and FFA creed and opening and closing ceremonies. If you’re interested, stop into any one of our exhibition buildings or barns and see what our talented exhibitors are up to.

Alongside all of our exhibits, we bring a full week of family-friendly activities and entertainment. Bring the whole family, young and old, for Kids' Day on Thursday, Seniors' Day on Friday, or Armed Forces Day on Saturday. Each day in the Stampede Arena, we will feature new and exciting entertainment options, along with our Kid's Zone and commercial area. And... before you leave, don’t forget to enjoy our traditional fair foods – corn dogs, cotton candy, funnel cakes or giant cinnamon rolls!

While we’ve missed everyone the past two years, we have been busy keeping the Fairgrounds in shape and moving forward into the future. During the pandemic, the Salinas Valley Fair, in partnership with the Arroyo Seco Wireless, has embarked on a project to improve the connectivity at the Fairgrounds. During fire season in 2020, it became a priority to update the aging wireless and internet infrastructure to support our first responders and fairground events. We are working to install high speed Internet that will be available for all building rentals and events. We are able to execute this project through generous donations from the Echenique Foundation and the Community Foundation for Monterey County Fire Relief Fund.

The Salinas Valley Fair also received a grant from the State of California to help renovate and update the Expo Building, which is one of our beloved original buildings on the Fairgrounds. We are excited to utilize the grant funding to make this building more usable year-round for many community members. The Fair Board is working closely with the Heritage Foundation to fund additional improvements to the existing flooring, basketball hoops, and eventually kitchen space.

Thank you for your continued support of the Salinas Valley Fair. We are truly grateful for all of our exhibitors, sponsors, and supporters and look forward to seeing you at this year’s Fair.

Lauren Hamilton
Interim CEO

Special Days + Daily Admission

Thursday, May 12: Kids' Day | Sponsored By: Holaday Seed Company
Free admission to all children 12 and under

Friday, May 13: Senior Day & Special Kids Day | Sponsored By: Rio Farms & Capitol Concessions
Free admission to adults 60 and over
Free admission to special education tour groups

Saturday, May 14: Armed Forces Day | Sponsored By: A&G Pumping
Free admission to all active duty military personnel and their dependents, military civilian employees, and military contractors with military ID

Sunday, May 15: Dia Del Hispano | Sponsored By: Bassetti Farms

Daily Fair Admission
Youth (6-17) $8
Adults $12
Seniors (60+) $8
Children (5 & Under) FREE

Parking $20

Save on Carnival Passes!
Purchase your all day carnival wristband for only $30 at the Salinas Valley Fair Office, Mechanics Bank, and GTS Tax Service before May 11th.

Advanced Fair Discount
Buy a Family 4-Pack for $32 before May 11th, while supplies last.

Grand Tasting
Join us for our Grand Tasting featuring award-winning wines! Tickets are on sale for $30 (included Fair Admission) before May 11th and $40 at the door (does not include Fair Admission).

More Information
Gate Open Daily: 11AM - 10PM
Fair Closes: 12AM Thursday - Friday | 10:30PM Sunday

Contact Us!
831-385-3243 | 625 Division Street, King City, CA 93930

Entertainment + Attractions

Long Branch Line Up
Thursday, May 12 - American Mile
Friday, May 13 - Jessie Leigh Band
Saturday, May 14 - Lipstick Revolver

Daily Entertainment Schedule

Thursday, May 12th
1:30pm: Tyzen the Comedy Hypnotist, Steinbeck Stage
6:00pm: Tyzen the Comedy Hypnotist, Steinbeck Stage
6:00pm: Grand Tasting, Orradre Building
7:00pm: Dick & Laney Mill's Hometown Hoedown by Sol Treasures, Steinbeck Stage

Friday, May 13th
7:00pm: 4x4 Hot Rod Truck Pulls, Stampeded Arena | Sponsored By: A&G Pumping
8:00pm: Pro Wresting Unplugged, Steinbeck Stage

Saturday, May 14th
8:00am: Junior Livestock Auction, Rava Arena
1:00pm - 3:30pm: Samz School of Rock, Steinbeck Stage
5:00pm: Tyzen the Comedy Hypnotist, Steinbeck Stage
6:30pm - 9:00pm: The Outlaw Mariachi, Steinbeck Stage
7:00pm: PRCA Pro Rodeo, Stampeded Arena | Sponsored By: LA Hearne & Mission Ranches
8:00pm: Tyzen the Comedy Hypnotist, Steinbeck Stage

Sunday, May 15th
1:30pm: Jaripeo Bull Riding, Stampede Arena
4:00pm: Los Reyes de la Banda, Steinbeck Stage
5:15pm: Banda Tierra Menguarense, Steinbeck Stage
7:00pm: Banda Tioyana Hay Vamos Subiendo, Steinbeck Stage

All Day Entertainment

On the Grounds

The Throw Zone
Skip Banks
Magic of Louie Foxx
Patrick Contreras - "Violin on Fire"
Tucker Petting Zoo
Happy Day Pony Rides

Train Depot | Sponsored By: American Supply Company
Trackless Train

Steinbeck Stage
K9 Kings Stunt Show

Family Lawn
Circus Imagination
The Birdman

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