In California State Fair News, the best 17 days of summer will be introducing new rides, competitions, exhibits, live entertainment, food, and concerts to celebrate the absolute best California has to offer July 8th – 24th, 2016. Check out all the 2016 California State Fair has to offer and how to purchase tickets below.
California State Fair News: New Rides, Food, Exhibits, and More
Cal Expo has been eagerly anticipating the addition of several new features to the Fair. The latest California State Fair News released includes:
- High Dive Show – Divers will jump off an 80’ platform, twisting and flipping until reaching a pool of water below. There will be three shows daily in the Show Arena.
- California State Fair Cornhole Championship – Happens on Saturday, July 23. More than 50 teams of two people in Social and Serious Divisions will test their skills to become the California State Fair’s first cornhole champions.
- New Family Fun Stages near the petting zoo – Check the California State Fair app for performances by Jest in Time Circus and Farm-Tastic.
- Magic Bean Show – This new stage show in the Save Mart Supermarkets California's Kitchen teaches kids about agriculture in a fun and entertaining way.
- PRO Rugby – there will be two professional rugby matches on Saturday, July 9 & 23 at Bonney Field during the California State Fair. Sacramento is only one of 7 markets with a professional level team.
- An Interactive Transportation Exhibit – California on the Move: Air, Land & Sea explores the role of transportation in California from the past to the present and beyond. There will even be a prototype of a flying car on display. This exhibit shows how evolving forms of transportation are continually shaping California culture.
- Whale Tales – Whale Tales focuses on educating guests about California’s coastal regions and the animals that call these places home. Meet our furred and feathered coastal residents during the Coastal Animal Show. Featured animals include opossums, snakes, pelicans, hawks, and more. The Nature Exhibit area has also been renovated to feature native California plants which use less water.
- Cloning Machine – Plant cloning that is. Garden Smart has created a unique plant cloning machine and installed it in the HydroAg Greenhouse at The Kaiser Permanente Farm. This one-of-kind machine could change the agriculture industry by saving water and valuable land space. Guests can even take home their own strawberry plant.
- Photography competition – A new competition category was added this year which drew more than 2,200 entries. Hundreds will be on display at Expo Center 1.
- Sacramento Branch of the NAACP 100-year Anniversary exhibit – There will be a ribbon-cutting on July 8 for this exhibit which will highlight the NAACP’s impact in the Sacramento area.
- California's Olympic Heritage Exhibit – See some of California's top athletes that have represented the United States of America at the Olympics.
- Barn Tours – Moo-U Barn Tours are guided tours that will teach guests about the livestock animals located in the Tractor Supply Co. Big Barn.
- One of the biggest draws of the Fair is the food and now guests can sample a variety of Fair faves during the $2 Taste of the Fair on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Every concessions vendor will have a snack-sized item to purchase for just $2. Download the California State Fair app for a complete list of vendor's menus and their $2 sample item.
- Sky Ride – A $1.1 million permanent addition to Cal Expo. It is 1,315’ long (double that number to get the length of cable) with 77 3-seat gondolas. This is a great way to give your feet a rest and get from one part of the Fair to another. Boarding locations are between the Coca-Cola Food Promenade and the Lagoon area and at the Carnival. The Jack in the Box Motocross performers will be jumping below the feet of Sky Riders.
- Quasar – A fast paced thrill ride that holds two passengers per car. Secured by a lap bar the ride spins and the main arm raises the center of the wheel. This creates a unique undulating sensation for each of the cars.
- Inversion – Features a tripod of passenger seats which can hold a total of 12 passengers. The main arm of the ride swings side to side like a pendulum then swings to invert passengers completely around and upside down. The inversion can reach a height of nearly 80 feet!
- 1001 Nachts – Here riders sit in stadium-style seating on three rows and enjoy the free falling feeling as they are lifted into the air and brought down again as the giant boom arm attached to the platform moves about 360 degrees on a vertical axis.
- More shade and seating – Summer is hot, but guests can stay cool with more shaded areas and seating in the Coca-Cola Promenade. The stage in that area was pushed back to make additional room.
- Low-Flow Toilets – Most of the toilets at Cal Expo have been converted to low-flow systems. Even with increased attendance at the Fair we continue to conserve natural resources.
- Live Horse Racing – 10 days of live horse racing happens at the Miller Lite Racetrack Grandstand. The Governor's Cup Stakes Race sponsored by WatchandWager takes place on Saturday, July 23.
- Cooking Competitions and Displays – Happening daily at the Save Mart Supermarkets California's Kitchen and at The Grill in the Kaiser Permanente Farm. California State Fair Chef Keith Breedlove will also give tours of the Farm most evenings at 6 p.m. and host cooking demonstrations including Vegan with a Vengeance.
- Award-winning Wines and Craft Beer – Can be purchased in the center of the fairgrounds. The Save Mart Supermarkets Wine Country will have winners from the California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition and $5 wine slushies. The Best of California Brewfest on Saturday, July 16 will feature winners of the Commercial Beer Competition.
About the California State Fair
For more than 160 years, the California State Fair has showcased the best of the Golden State. Cal Expo was dedicated as a place to celebrate California’s achievements, industries, agriculture, diversity of its people, traditions, and trends that shape the State’s future. The 2016 California State Fair will take place July 8-24. Advanced ticket pricing starts at $6 for children, $8 for seniors and $10 for adults. Tickets available at CAStateFair.org/Tickets.
Portions of this material have been provided courtesy of the California State Fair News.