Interested in volunteering? The Fair Education volunteers make this unique and educational program possible each year. Volunteers are being sought to help direct students, assist with activities and answer questions in the Fair’s various exhibit buildings. Fair Education Program days are Thursday, October 2; Friday, October 3; Thursday, October 9; and Friday, October 10. Check back for the 2014 volunteer application!
What is Fair Education?
Fair Education is a program that allows students to visit The Big Fresno Fair free of charge in an educational effort to expose Fresno County children to the unique agricultural heritage and Fair tradition that is so unique to the Central Valley.
What can my class expect on a Fair Education Day?
During a Fair Education Day, classes will arrive at the Fair and have the opportunity to see the exhibits in the Fairground buildings between 9:00am and 12:00pm including: Ag Ventureland, Fine Arts & Photography, Floriculture, Home Arts, Gem & Mineral, Junior Exhibits, Agriculture, and Kids Town. Teachers who take their classes through at least five buildings will be given one free return ticket per student, so that students can bring their parents back to the Fairgrounds to show them what they have learned.
What about lunch?
We encourage teachers to bring bag lunches for their students. All lunches must be labeled with the name of the class, teacher and school. Upon arrival at the Fairgrounds, properly labeled bag lunches will be transported to the Pavilion area and at noon, all classrooms can meet in the Pavilion, pick up their lunches and enjoy entertainment during lunch before they leave.
Registration will open for the 2014 Fair Education Program on March 24, 2014. So mark your calendars and get ready to sign up your class!
What if I have additional students added to my class after I have registered?
If you have more students in you classroom than you specified on the registration form, don't worry! When you arrive at the Fair on the day of your visit, go directly to the Teacher Check-In Table in the Butler Parking Lot under the red tent and let a volunteer know the number of students you have with you. If the additional students require additional chaperones, the necessary tickets will be given to you at that time.
What if I want to participate with other classes from my school, should we register together?
Our registration system does not register buses or schools, only individual classes. Classes may arrive in as many groups as are convenient for the teacher and school, but we require one registration form per class to register you.
Is there curriculum available to prepare my classroom for the Fair?
The Big Fresno Fair provides curriculum filled with Fair related activities that can be used before and after your classrooms visit to the Fair.
Also, click here to have access to educational games, historical information about California Raisins and their impact in the Central Valley, as well as tips about creating hands-on activities related to raisins. Thanks to the California Raisin Marketing Board for their support of Fair Education!
How many chaperones can I bring with my class?
The breakdown of chaperones is as follows:
*Teachers do not count as chaperones.
Preschool: (Ages 3 and Older) ~ 1 Chaperone to every 2 Students
K-3rd Grade ~ 1 Chaperone to every 4 Students
4th - 8th Grade ~ 1 Chaperone to every 6 Students
Special Needs ~ 1 Chaperone to 1 Student
What if I have more chaperones than allowed for my grade level?
Any chaperones above the allowed amount will be charged a discounted rate of $5.00 at the gate before entering the grounds.
What time can I arrive with my class?
The parking lot opens at 8:00 a.m., the Fairground gates open at 8:30 a.m. and the buildings open at 9:00 a.m. Fair Education classes may enter the Fairgrounds between 8:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.
Where should I park?
The Butler Parking Lot at Butler and Chance Avenues offers FREE PARKING to all Fair
Education participants from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
What should I do if I have special needs or students with disabilities?
Be sure to indicate on your registration form that you have students with special needs. This will insure that you are able to drop students off at the Chance Avenue WestAmerica Gate and may be picked up there after 12:00 p.m. Please advise us of any special requirements you need in advance.
The Big Fresno Fair-Fair Education Office
1121 S. Chance Ave.
Fresno, CA 93702-3707
(559) 650-9551 fax
Please don't hesitate to call with any questions or concerns!