Every summer, the California State Fair comes to town and everyone in Sacramento is lined up to experience the thrill of the rides and the taste of the fried Twinkies! With the excitement and preparation for this large event, many people forget about the Sacramento County Fair that comes to town Memorial Day weekend at Cal Expo (1600 Exposition Blvd.).
This smaller event is way more this mama’s speed when it comes to taking her young children. I have to be honest, I have not had the desire to take my children to the State fair yet. Every year when the fair comes to town….I purposely avoid that area of Sacramento. Not because I don’t like the deep-fried Twinkies and the smell of the livestock auction, but because I am afraid of never being able to leave! My kids would run off and get lost in junk-food heaven and would make me go on a few too many twirly rides!
However, this time around, with the County fair around the corner, I think it will be different and I’m actually excited to take them on their first fair adventure!
This year’s theme: “Sacramento County Fair: Let’s Eat, Have Fun and Celebrate the Red, White and Blue” just screams summertime fun! And what a better way to kick-start your summer than with a trip to the fair over Memorial Day weekend!
Opening day will be Thursday, May 21. On Friday, there will be a Demolition Derby as well as “Value Day” with dollar food items between 4pm-9pm. Saturday is “Stars and Stripes” Bull Riding. On Sunday watch and participate in the Junior Livestock Auction. Finally on Monday, the last day of the fair is Military Appreciation Day.
These are just some of the events taking place, along with the exhibits, carnival rides, live entertainment and all the yummy fair food, you can’t go wrong! General admission into the fair is $5. Children 0-12 are FREE. Parking is $10 and of course tickets for the rides can be purchased at the fair or wristbands for the rides can be purchased online.
So if you are looking for something fun to do this Memorial Day weekend, make plans to head out to the Sacramento County Fair and make some fond family memories!