Fair’s Visionary CEO John Alkire Transitions to Fair’s Nonprofit Foundation to Elevate Fundraising Efforts


The Big Fresno Fair (Fair) Board of Directors announced the transition of visionary Fair CEO John Alkire to the Friends of the Big Fresno Fair (Foundation) as its first CEO. Additionally, the Fair Board voted that Deputy Managers, Stacy Rianda and Lauri King will remain at the helm overseeing all ongoing operations to lead the Fair into the future. Both announcements are effective September 1, 2020.


The management restructuring is part of the Fair’s strategic plan to elevate fundraising efforts to achieve long-term success for the 137-year-old Fresno County tradition; an essential function with added emphasis amid the pandemic, which has significantly minimized normal Fair business operations since March.


“On behalf of the Fair Board, we thank John Alkire for his incredible leadership for the past 16 years during which time our Fairgrounds has been visually transformed with permanent features for the entire community to enjoy including two new museums and connections to the community expanded,” said Larry Serpa, President of The Big Fresno Fair Board of Directors. “As our Fair moves forward, there is not a more qualified team to lead than Stacy Rianda and Lauri King whose vast industry experience, personal investment in our community and unwavering leadership are quintessential for our future.”


To read the full release, click here.

Do Your Part! Wash Up, Back Up and Mask Up!

The Big Fresno Fair and the Fresno County Department of Public Health want you to do your part to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in our community by following these three golden rules:


✔ Wash Up

✔ Back Up to 6ft. of social distance

✔ Mask Up with proper face coverings over your nose and mouth!


Together we can fight COVID-19, keeping each other and our community safe! So don’t forget: Wash Up, Back Up, Mask Up!

Shop With Us at the Fresno Flea Market – Under New Management!

The Fresno Flea Market at the Fresno Fairgrounds is under new management! Join us every Thursday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the Butler Parking Lot for some tasty food and some great deals! Shop home furnishings, clothing, toys, plants and much more. Admission and parking are FREE on Thursdays only! Admission is free on Sundays. General Parking is $2 and Preferred Parking is $3 on Sundays only. Prices are subject to change. Remember to mask up and social distance while walking through the swap meet. Always be smart and safe!


Interested in having a space or have questions? Call Tai Nguyen at (559) 977-1264 or Linda Hulet at (559) 650-3213.

Updated Virtual Competitive Exhibits Handbook Available Online Now!

We’re moving forward with our virtual Competitive Exhibits as part of our reimagined virtual Big Fresno Fair and there’s still time for you to enter! Check out our new virtual Competitive Exhibits Handbook online here. While not all competitive exhibits will be able to take place this year, there are still many categories you can submit your entries in!


Be sure to enter BEFORE our September 14 deadline. All entries MUST be submitted online. Questions? Contact our Exhibits Office at (559) 453-6890.

Throwback Thursday Concert Spotlight- Fashawn

Throwback to when Fresno rapper, Fashawn performed at his hometown Fair during the 2010 Big Fresno Fair. He’s recorded tracks with Snoop Dogg, Nas, Aloe Blacc, Dom Kennedy and Busta Rhymes just to name a few big names! Did you get to see Fashawn’s performance at the 2010 Table Mountain Concert Series presented by Coors Light and Toyota? Share with us some of your favorite Fashawn tracks!

United We Can Get Through This! Wear Your Mask. Follow Guidelines.

Each of our actions impacts every one of us. You can make a difference by wearing your mask, washing your hands when you should and stay home if you’re sick. Living United is the only way that we as a community can get through these difficult times. Help our community by rising together to stop the spread of COVID-19.  We can come back from this and be better than we were before!


Information Update – Wager and Stay at The Starting Gate!

Information Update! Our Satellite Wager facility is now able to welcome guests to wager and stay in our new outdoor location on the first floor of the Brian I. Tatarian Grandstand!

🏇 Tables are on a first come, first served basis.

📺 If all tables are reserved, you can still place your bets then leave.

🏇 36 guests allowed at a time; 1 guest per table.

📺 No food, beverages will be available for purchase on site.

🏇 Outside food and non-alcoholic beverages are allowed on grounds.


Can’t make it out to The Starting Gate? Bet online instead! Horse racing fans can bet virtually on any of the following legal wagering sites! Search on your desktop or mobile apps for: Xpressbet, DRF, TVG or Twinspires. For details and a step-by-step guide on how you can place bets, click here.


For daily racing forms and all other horse racing inquiries, please contact Ruben Gastelo at (559) 994-3105.

Let’s All Do Our Part to Stay Healthy, Happy and Hopeful!

You can do your part to help by staying HEALTHY, HAPPY & HOPEFUL! Together, we can help keep our community safe by staying home if you’re sick, wear a face covering such as a mask or face shield, wash and sanitize your hands, and keep a 6 ft. social distance from others!

Election Workers Needed! – Get Paid For Serving the Community!

Help make a difference and serve your community! Fresno County is looking for Election Workers and Coordinators for the upcoming election. See below for details for qualifications and requirements:


  • MUST be available to work October 31 – November 3 and work the entire shift (no partial days or hours), as well as training days
  • Hourly pay
  • Must apply online at FresnoCountyJobs.com
  • Masks are required
  • Bilingual skills highly needed
  • Valid Driver’s License or ID card required (Student ID not acceptable)
  • Social Security Card (original, no copies)


For Student Election Workers:

  • Must be 16-18 years old
  • Must have a 2.5 GPA or higher


For more information, click here or call (559) 600-1830. Be a part of history and apply today!