Fresno Fall Home Show Starts Tomorrow, November 1!

The 14th Annual Fresno Fall Home Improvement Show kicks-off tomorrow, November 1 and ends Sunday, November 3 at the Fresno Fairgrounds! Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. all three days. Tickets are $8 for adults, $4 for Seniors 60+ and kids 12 and under are free! Whether it’s starting on your holiday home improvements or getting a head start on your Christmas shopping, the Home Show is your cost-effective, one-stop shop for the entire family! Also, it’s the 2nd Annual Tiny House Expo + Conference! For more details visit https://www.fresnoshows.com/

To purchase tickets, click here.

Happy Halloween From the BFF!

Happy Halloween from The Big Fresno Fair! In case you missed it, Master Pumpkin Carver, Russ Leno showed us his talent once again at the 2019 Big Fresno Fair by bringing and carving a 649 lb. pumpkin! Did you get to check out his masterpieces in the Wells Fargo Agriculture Building? Well here is a photo! Share with us your pumpkin works-of-art and we might share it to our story!

7th Annual Bill Babb Demolition Derby is This Saturday, November 2!

Join us on Saturday, November 2 for the 7th Annual Bill Babb Demolition Derby at the Brian I. Tatarian Grandstand starting at 6 p.m.! Gates open at 4:30 p.m. and admission is only $5! Kids 5 and under and active military are FREE! Come watch the little’s battle it out in the Power Wheel Derby, cheer on the woman battling it out in a Power Puff and of course the main event with the Big Boys and Girls battling for a grand prize of $6000! Tickets will be sold at the gate the day of the event only. Don’t miss out on the excitement with the whole family!

Save On Admission for the 2020 Big Fresno Fair!

Get your 2020 Big Fresno Fair tickets for 50% off for FIVE days only! We know that the 2019 Big Fresno Fair just passed, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t already planning for 2020! A special five day only pre-sale starts Friday, November 1 at 9 a.m. exclusively for Big Fresno Fair Fan Club Members! The special BFF Club pre-sale will go from November 1 through Wednesday, November 6 at 11:59 p.m., during which members can purchase Fair Admission for 50% off!

A special code will be sent via email! Know someone who’s not a BFF Club member but wants to get a head start on saving BIG? Tell them to sign up here!

Vote Us for Best Local Annual Event to Attend!

Help us WIN by showing some love and vote for The Big Fresno Fair in the “Best Local Annual Event to Attend” category for The Fresno Business Journal’s “Best of the Central Valley” awards! Be sure to make it all the way to the end – we are the last one at #35 J! Thank you in advance!

The deadline to vote is Thursday, October 31. Click here to vote!

Tell Us Your Experience at the 2019 Big Fresno Fair!

We want to hear from you!

Please take a few moments to fill out the 2019 Big Fresno Fair survey and help us make next year even better than the last!

As a “Thank You” for taking our survey, you will automatically be entered-to-win an “Ultimate Fair Pack” or one of four Season Passes good for the 2020 Big Fresno Fair, which runs October 7 – 18! The “Ultimate Fair Pack” includes: 4 adult admission tickets, 4 horse racing reserved seats, 4 tickets to the concert of your choice and 1 parking pass. Deadline to complete the survey is Tuesday, December 3. Winner will be drawn on Tuesday, December 10. Just be sure to enter your email address at the end of the survey so that we can contact you if you win!

Click here to take our survey.

Fun Facts From the 2019 Big Fresno Fair!

The gates have closed on another Big Fresno Fair, the largest annual event in the Central Valley! This year’s 13 day event welcomed people throughout the Valley and beyond, featured hundreds of vendors and exhibitors, plus a variety of attractions and entertainment! The following information has been prepared as of Tuesday, October 15, and includes a snapshot of interesting and unique facts and statistics from the 2019 Big Fresno Fair.

The Big Fresno Fair hired more than 900 employees for the months of September and October. NOTE: This does not include the local employees hired by our carnival provider, Butler Amusements; or the individual food vendors.

Big Fresno Fair Social Media

  • 50,427,575: The total reach from the Fair’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram during the 13 days of the 2019 Big Fresno Fair
  • The Big Fresno Fair has 85,710 fans on Facebook
  • The Big Fresno Fair has 11,200 followers on Twitter
  • The Big Fresno Fair has 28,700 followers on Instagram
  • The Big Fresno Fair has 1,064 followers on Snapchat

Free Entertainment

  • More than 2,000 hours of FREE entertainment were provided during the 2019 Big Fresno Fair.

Kids’ Town – Sierra to the Sea Exhibit

  • 48 animals were on exhibit
  • 35 tons of sand were used by one artist over 8 days to create the giant 11 ft. tall sand sculpture
  • 70 shows were performed with guest interaction and educational elements.
  • 104,799 people visited this exhibit at the Fair; and 90% of them participated in the stingray touch pool.

Livestock Pavilion

  • 1,500 animals were exhibited at The Big Fresno Fair
  • 763 animals were put up for auction at the two 2019 Jr. Livestock Auctions (10/5 and 10/12) and raised $900,000 with more money still coming in.
  • 50 animals won Champion Awards.

Ag Ventureland

  • 41  pregnant sheep (ewes) were brought to the 2019 Big Fresno Fair
  • 75 lambs were born on-site
  • 910 gallons of milk were collected from 7 cows at the Cow Palace Milking Demonstrations
  • 68 baby animals were on display.

The Fair Education Program

This annual program draws students, teachers and parents from Fresno County Elementary School classrooms who take part in educational tours of the Fair. Young participants visit each exhibit building and they are taught about the rich agricultural history of The Big Fresno Fair while using an interactive and educational guide and having fun all at the same time.

  • A total of 28,879 Fresno County parents, teachers and students toured the Fair on four different days this year as part of the Fair Education Program. This is the 27th year of the Program.
  • Of that total, 20,605 were students who took part in an educational and fun field trip – 7,437 parents/chaperones and 837 teachers!

Wells Fargo Agriculture Building

  • 649 lbs. is how much the biggest pumpkin on display weighed!
  • 200 different varieties of grapes were judged.
  • 11 judges were utilized in the Wells Fargo Agriculture Building this year.
  • 25,000 boxes of Sun-Maid Raisins were handed out.
  • 25 pumpkins were carved into masterpieces by Russ Leno.
  • 30,000 bees were displayed as part of the R & S Ranch Honey exhibit.

Home Arts Building

  • 30 woodcarvings were done during the Fair.
  • 117 homemade quilts were entered.
  • 25 demonstrations were given throughout the Fair.
  • 7 food contests were held:
    • Crocktober Contest – 12 entries
    • Tamale Throwdown – 20 entries
    • Gingerbread House Competition – 12 entries
    • Pie Contest – 21 entries
    • Cake Contest – 29 entries
    • Salsa Contest – 20 entries

Gem and Mineral Exhibit

  • 687 pounds of polished rocks were handed out to children during the Fair Education Program.
  • 65 bags of polished rocks and pendants were taken to Valley Children’s Hospital during the Fair’s annual visit and were given to patients being treated there.
  • $5,000 in scholarships was awarded to Fresno State and Fresno City College geology students.
    • Did you know that the Fresno Gem & Mineral Society has set up an endowment of $40,000 for Fresno City College students and a $50,000 endowment for California State University, Fresno students?
  • Fairgoers favorite thing in the building? Watching the geodes being cut!
  • $1,850 were raised for the Central Valley Honor Flight at week one of the silent auction; week two is still being calculated.

The Greenhouse

  • 2,300 floriculture exhibits were on display.
  • 2,150 Blue Ribbons were awarded.
  • 315 different types of roses were on display; that’s double last year’s number!
  • 1,000 different varieties of plants and flowers were on display.
  • 11,000 people visited the Lorikeet Encounter.

SPCA

  • 79 animals were adopted during the Fair.
  • 34 cats
  • 45 dogs
  • The most animals adopted was 15 on Saturday, October 12! 

All-Animal Races

  • 280 All-Animal Races were run.
  • In total they ran 5.1 miles!
  • Honey Bun was the fastest animal this year.
  • Most improved race time award was given to a lamb named Fleece Lightening!

Save Mart Wine Garden

  • 2,645 bottles of wine were consumed at the Fair!

Old Tyme Kettle Corn

  • 158 lbs. of boba was used.
  • The most popular boba flavors were Taro, Mango and Thai Ice Tea
  • Over 900 lbs. of kernals were popped for their kettle corn.
  • Most popular flavors of kettle corn were original and caramel.

Country Fair Cinnamon Rolls (3 stands)

  • 32,000 lbs. of flour were used.
  • 10,833 lbs. of cinnamon and sugar were used.
  • 6,750 lbs. of cream cheese were used.
  • 14,452,200 lbs. of butter were used.
  • 41 year old family business!
  • 500 cinnamon roll sundaes were sold.
  • 4,200 cinnamon maple bacon bombs were sold.

Fat Franky’s Funnel Cake

  • 650 lbs. of sugar used
  • 4,600 lbs. of dough used
  • 7,095 funnel cakes were sold at the Fair.
  • Strawberry was the most popular funnel cake topping.

Jerky Hut

  • Whiskey BBQ was the most popular flavor.
  • Carolina Reaper Extreme Hot was the 2nd popular flavor.
  • 80 bags of alligator jerky was sold.

Dutch Bros

  • 129 lbs. of coffee were used during the Fair
  • 670+ gallons of milk were used

 Suck It Up

  • 75 cheesecakes on a stick were sold.
  • 450 gallons of ice cream were used.
  • 883 frozen bananas were sold.

Kettlecorn (MKM Concessions)

  • 15,000 lbs. of kettle corn was sold.
  • Pink popcorn was the most popular flavor.
  • 200+ cotton candy burritos were sold.

NEW Acevedos’ Posteria Gourmet, LLC

  • The strawberry cream cheese croissant was the most popular item ordered.
  • 500 large cake pops were sold.
  • 300+ lbs. of chocolate was used.

NEW Dole Whip

  • 1,119 Dole whip floats were sold.
  • 285 frozen bananas were sold.
  • 583 pineapples were used.

Pepe’s Mariscos

  • 520 lbs. of shrimp used for the ceviche
  • 790 lbs. of shrimp used for the shrimp cocktail
  • 1,110 lbs. of carne asada was used
  • 1,200 limes were used
  • 175 lbs. of cheese was used
  • 3,900 agua frescas were sold
  • 210 lbs. of salsa was used (and consumed!)

Churro Zone

  • 2,500 churros were sold during the Fair.
  • 1,250 with filling; chocolate was the most popular filling flavor.
  • 150 Oreo Churros were sold; a very popular Fair item.

Chicken Charlie’s

  • 1,000 lbs. of bacon-wrapped chicken legs were sold.
  • 1,240 cotton candy ice cream sandwiches were sold.
  • The most popular deep-fried item were the Oreo cookies; 12,000 were sold!
  • Over 6,000 lbs. of chicken tenders were used.
  • “Enough Buffalo Chicken Chimichangas were sold to reach the top of the Empire State Building” – straight out of the mouth of Tony Boghosian.

Wellmon Concessions

  • 282 Angry Chicken Sandwiches were sold.
  • Hot Pastrami Sandwich was the most popular item; 1,237 were sold.
  • 300 lbs. of sweet pork was used for the Dirty Fries and the Pork Sandwiches
  • 1,310 Dirty Fries were sold.

Sharky’s Fish Fry

  • 359 Lobster Corn Dogs were sold
  • 197 coconut shrimp were sold.
  • 2,887 Lobster fries were sold; it was the most popular Fair item!

Fabe’s Gelato

  • 5,000 scoops of gelato were served.
  • 2,150 churros were sold
  • Cinnamon was the most popular churro
  • 4,521milkshakes were sold
  • Oreo was the most popular milkshake
  • 898 milkshakes were sold on Sunday, October 13 – a record day!
  • 1,510 puffle cone sundaes were sold.
  • 901 specialty drinks were sold.

Corn Stars

  • 16,560 ears of corn were purchased.
  • 2,328 orders of corn in a cup were sold.
  • 960 baked potatoes were sold.
  • 220 hot cheeto baked potatoes were sold.

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2019 BIG FRESNO FAIR DELIVERS SAFEST FAIR YET DURING ITS 13-DAY RUN

Abundant new attractions and events, big savings, great weather and diverse entertainment credited for attendance increase

Fresno, CA…October 17, 2019… The Big Fresno Fair’s Board of Directors, Management and staff are thrilled to announce the successful completion of the 2019 Big Fresno Fair, which ran October 2 -14. The Big Fresno Fair is the largest event from Sacramento down to the Los Angeles county line, and this year proved to be the safest Fair to date thanks to added security measures such as increased surveillance cameras, walk through metal detectors, increased Fresno Police Department presence both inside and outside the Fair, as well as other continued safety measures from horse racing track to the carnival.

 

“We are grateful to our community who continues to show up and take part in this annual tradition,” said John C. Alkire, CEO of The Big Fresno Fair. “Whether that’s as a Fairgoer, an exhibitor or performer – we are proud to showcase the best of the best to our incredible community and are humbled to have closed the gates on another successful Fair – our 136th in this very same location and the same time of the year.”

 

Big discounts and excellent weather played a big role in the unaudited 0.03% increase in attendance over last year’s record-breaking year. The 2019 Big Fresno Fair welcomed 632,590 people from throughout the Valley and beyond to enjoy this longstanding tradition based upon the unaudited attendance report. The Fair saw big crowds in the Paul Paul Theater for the Table Mountain Concert Series with six sold out shows (Christian Nodal, Tower of Power & WAR, Keith Sweat, Ice Cube, Festival del Mariachi and Willie Nelson & Family), plus solid numbers at the Jr. Livestock Auctions (10/5 and 10/12) helped generate more than $945,000 in sales for 4-H/FFA students with top-offs still coming in. Racing fans showed up in big numbers for the nine days of live horse racing excitement, generating a 5.84% increase in on-track handle! Then the Fair also hosted it’s first-ever Food Fight competition (10/3) which had 18 new food entries from concessionaires! The record number of new food items matched with the big crowds at the 2019 Big Fresno Fair contributed to a 13% increase in concessions.

 

The BIG Fair numbers continue. In the words of Fair CEO, John C. Alkire “here’s the real Paul Harvey version of the 2019 Big Fresno Fair numbers” that contribute positively to the community.

 

  • Provides $71.1M in economic impact to Fresno County annually
  • Hired more than 900 people, not including those hired by the carnival and individual food stands
  • This year 5,800 pints of blood were collected at the “Pint for a Pass” Blood Drive held August 14 – September 22 in partnership with the Central California Blood Center, bringing the 10-year total to more than 91,000 pints of blood collected which had the potential to save up to 273,000 lives!
  • $87,000 in scholarships were given out to Fresno County 8th – 12th grade students as part of the Fair’s 4.0 & Above Program held in partnership with the Office of the Fresno County Superintendent of Schools along with valued sponsors Friends of the Big Fresno Fair, EECU, Toyota, Chevron and iHeart Radio. Plus, Ceasar Contreras, a 12th grader from Washington Union High School won a brand new 2020 Toyota Corolla; a $19,600 value!
  • $15,000 in cash prizes were given out at the Fair’s Big Band Review participants. Edison High School and Clark Intermediate walked away with top honors as the sweepstakes winners!
  • The new “Fill the Need” Day on Thursday, October 10, got people into the Fair for just $4. Half of that $4 ticket was to benefit Valley Children’s. A total of $37,496 was raised and will be donated!
  • A total of 28,879 Fresno County parents, teachers and students toured the Fair on four different days this year as part of the 27th annual Fair Education Program, an educational free field trip.
  • “Feed the Need” Food Drive Effort
    • 91,000 lbs. of food was collected at the “Feed the Need” Food Drive at Fresno State. Those who brought 10 cans got a free Fair admission ticket good for any day of the Fair. All food collected went to the Fresno State Student Cupboard. With the food collected, roughly 70,543 meals were provided to students in need.  
    • Then on the final day of the Fair at the Save Mart & FoodMaxx “Feed the Need” Food Drive the community showed up big to donate their five cans of food to get into the Fair for free! The result was 91,790 lbs. of food collected, which all went to the Poverello House, providing approximately 71,155 meals for those in need in our community.
    • This brings the 11-year total of food collected from the overall “Feed the Need” effort to 1,974,803 lbs. of food collected providing 1.53 million meals to those in need!
  • 1,880 people were taught life-saving CPR techniques at the American Ambulance booth at the Fair!
  • The fish from Catfish Falls and the Meyer’s Water & Wildlife Tree’s “Cloud Tank”, two big attractions in the Table Mountain Rancheria Park, were harvested and donated to the Poverello House and Stone Soup, providing a protein rich meal for more than 1,000 people.

 

The Fair Management team continued to stay focused on providing affordable ways for families to attend the Fair, providing a plethora of discounts both pre-Fair and during the Fair. Popular pre-Fair discounts included the $30 Season Passes available at O’Reilly Auto Part stores; up to a $7 discount for Unlimited Carnival Ride Wristbands and $2 off admission at participating Save Mart & FoodMaxx locations. Fair-time discounts included $5 Wednesday (10/2); “Fans & Followers” Day & $2 Carnival Rides (10/3); Table Mountain “The Club” Members Reward Offer (10/3) Seniors’ Day presented by Humana (10/7); Special Interest Day (10/7); CalViva Health Half Price Tuesday (10/8); Sun-Maid Kids’ Day (10/9); $4 “Fill the Need” Day (10/10); and the Save Mart & FoodMaxx “Feed the Need” Food Drive (10/14).

 

Whether it was the new attractions, competitive exhibits, free entertainment, live horse racing, carnival rides, Table Mountain Rancheria Park, Fair food or concerts that brought people out, there was no doubt that the community sure does love their Big Fresno Fair. Many families continue to choose to stay local for their entertainment and the Fair provided them a family-friendly, affordable and safe entertainment option. Planning is already underway for the 2019 Big Fresno Fair, which will run October 7 -18 and marks the 137th year of this valued tradition.         

 

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Thank You For Coming Out to the 2019 Big Fresno Fair!

THANK YOU to everyone who came out to enjoy the 2019 Big Fresno Fair! We hope you all enjoyed the yummy Fair food, great entertainment, action-packed horse racing, new attractions and everything else in between as much as we did! Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the 2020 Big Fresno Fair, which runs from October 7-18!

Tomorrow is the Save Mart & FoodMaxx “Feed the Need Food Drive”!

Bring 5 or more canned food items to the Fair TOMORROW, October 14 and receive FREE Fair admission! This year’s Save Mart & FoodMaxx “Feed the Need” food drive will benefit the Poverello House, which works to enrich the lives and spirits of those in need in our community through providing meals, social services and temporary shelter. Offer valid at Chance and Butler Gates only. Support your community and experience some BIG fun on the last day of the 2019 Big Fresno Fair! More details >> http://bit.ly/FeedtheNeed19