Throwback Thursday – Fresno Fire Department Display

Have you seen the Fresno Fire Department Display located on the first floor of the Fresno County Historical Museum? Discover some cool artifacts like the helmet from the first appointed Fire Chief, James A. Ward, dating back to 1902! You’ll also find an 1887 Hand Pumping Horse Carriage Unit, a Firefighter suit from 1928 and so much more!

 

Help keep Fresno County history alive by donating to the Fresno County Historical Museum! All museum donations go through Friends of The Big Fresno Fair, our non-profit Foundation. This award-winning Museum is a place where generations of Valley residents can visit (for free!), reflect and learn about key events in our Valley’s history! To donate and support, click here.

Big Fresno Fair Love Story: This Couple Kept Their 55 Year Tradition Alive at Drive-Thru Eats!

The Big Fresno Fair is always a great first date choice and what better way to remember your first date than with a photo in the famous black and white photo booths!?

Meet Larry and Margaret Strauss. They went on their first date to The Big Fresno Fair in 1965 and haven’t missed a year since. Every year, they’d take a picture in the photo booth capturing a moment in time of their life together, but this year had to be a little different.

To keep their beautiful tradition going, Margaret and Larry’s daughter Jennifer Cardillo, took them to Drive-Thru Eats where she revealed her second surprise, a scheduled photo booth session with a company in Fresno so they could continue to add to their collection of memories together! Check out their love story and 55 years’ worth of timeless memories together at The Big Fresno Fair. ❤️

The Big Fresno Fair is more than an annual event; it is part of people’s lives, their traditions and memories. Thank you for sharing your story with us Larry & Margaret Strauss. We hope we get to memorialize your 56th year together next year too!

The Big Fresno Fair Operational Update

Attributed to Stacy Rianda & Lauri King, Deputy Managers, The Big Fresno Fair

 

The Big Fresno Fair was thrilled with the results from Drive-Thru Eats and the incredible support from the community. During the 10-day food and entertainment event nearly 26,000 cars passed through the Fairgrounds to enjoy this adapted version of The Big Fresno Fair, a 137-year Valley tradition.

 

This outpouring demonstrates that the community values the use of the 165-acre Fairgrounds, even in an adapted format. The public can expect future events like the Fresno Home & Garden Show (October 23 – 25) and Holiday Fantasy of Lights Show (November 27 – January 3) at the Fairgrounds – all operating within CDC and State health and safety guidelines.

 

Since March 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown most Fresno Fairgrounds business operations, there has been minimal revenue to sustain ongoing operations. Therefore, the Fair adjusted to financially survive a long-term pandemic with an uncertain end by reducing expenses including staffing.

 

As a self-funded entity of the State, Fair Management and the Board formally entered into a process with the California Department of Food and Ag, Department of Personnel and CalHR to prepare layoff notices to all 26 full-time employees as of August as a precautionary measure since allowed public events were unknown at that time. These 120-day notices are effective as of December 16, 2020.

 

Based upon the allowed operations to-date, Fair Management will continue with a reduced staff of 8 full-time employees effective December 17 and into 2021. These positions encompass Management, Accounting, Administration and Maintenance.

 

Without knowing the future of public events and what is permissible by the CDC and State amid the ongoing COVID-19 health pandemic, the focus of the Fair is to continue raise funds through the Friends of the Big Fresno Fair and hold adapted public events within health guidelines.

 

There are a number of programs and organizations championing support of fairs throughout the State and Nation including Western Fairs Associations (WFA), International Association of Fairs & Expositions (IAFE) and several independent fairgrounds’ efforts. All are working to lobby support of the fair industry as a whole, an industry that contributes $4.67 billion for the U.S. economy and supports thousands of jobs. Locally, The Big Fresno Fair annually contributes more than $77.1 million in economic impact to Fresno County.

Thank You for Coming to the First-Ever Big Fresno Fair’s Drive-Thru Eats!

We are so THANKFUL for everyone who came out to support the first-ever Big Fresno Fair’s Drive-Thru Eats presented by Toyota! We hope you all enjoyed the 10-days of Fair food, entertainment and live music, all in a healthy and safe way. In 10 days a total of 25,708 cars came out to the Fresno Fairgrounds to indulge in all of their favorite Fair foods!

 

All of the smiling faces of our community have filled all of our hearts because that is the reason we do what we do. You, our community and your love of the Fair drove us to find a way to hold this event amid an international health pandemic that had shut down fairs across the US. We feel grateful to have put on a healthy, safe and fun event for all to enjoy!

 

Be sure to mark your calendars for the 2021 Big Fresno Fair, October – 17! Until then, remember to Wash Up, Mask Up and Back Up and to Stay Healthy, Happy & Hopeful.

Don’t Wait! Vote Us for Best Local Annual Event to Attend!

Show us some love ❤️ and help us WIN by voting The Big Fresno Fair in the “Best Local Annual Event to Attend” category for The 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 😁! Thank you in advance for your votes!

 

Don’t wait…the deadline to vote is Saturday, October 31. Click here to vote!

Today is the LAST DAY of Drive-Thru Eats!

It’s the last day of The Big Fresno Fair’s Drive-Thru Eats presented by Toyota! Remember, it’s FREE to attend! Weekend hours are 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Cinnamon Rolls open early at 9 a.m.!

 

Don’t miss your chance in indulge in your Fair Food favorites, PLUS enjoy live music and entertainment.

 

Drive a Toyota? Get into the Fast Pass lane for free! To be eligible, the vehicle MUST display the Toyota badge. Affiliated car brands do not qualify for this promotion.

 

Or you can purchase a Fast Pass for $50 (and let us tell you it is worth it!). All sales go to support the Fair’s non-profit foundation. Details at www.FresnoFair.com/Drive-Thru-Eats.

 

We hope to see you at the Fair today!

Tomorrow is the LAST DAY of Drive-Thru Eats!   

Day 9 of Drive-Thru Eats presented by Toyota is happening now! We are overwhelmed with joy to see all the smiling faces of those who have come out to support Drive-Thru Eats! Tomorrow is the last day to check it out before it’s all gone! Don’t miss your chance in indulge in your Fair Food favorites, PLUS enjoy live music and entertainment.

 

Remember, it’s FREE to attend! Weekend hours are 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Cinnamon Rolls open early at 9 a.m.!

 

 

Drive a Toyota? Get into the Fast Pass lane for free! To be eligible, the vehicle MUST display the Toyota badge. Affiliated car brands do not qualify for this promotion.

 

Or you can purchase a Fast Pass for $50 (and let us tell you it is worth it!). All sales go to support the Fair’s non-profit foundation. Details at www.FresnoFair.com/Drive-Thru-Eats.

 

Don’t wait! The last day of Drive-Thru Eats is Sunday, October 18!

Don’t Miss Out on the Last Weekend of Drive-Thru Eats!

It’s Day 8 of Drive-Thru Eats presented by Toyota which means it’s also the last weekend to get your Fair Food Fix before it’s all gone! Be sure to make it out to the Fresno Fairgrounds for Drive-Thru Eats to indulge in all your Fair Food favorites, plus enjoy live music and entertainment while you embark on your adventure! Remember, this 10-day series is FREE to attend! Gates open at 11 a.m. this weekend.

Drive a Toyota? Get into the Fast Pass lane for free! Car MUST have a Toyota emblem. Or you can purchase a Fast Pass for $50 (and let us tell you it is worth it!). All sales go to support the Fair’s non-profit foundation. Details at www.FresnoFair.com/Drive-Thru-Eats.

Don’t wait! The last day of Drive-Thru Eats is Sunday, October 18!

Free COVID-19 Testing at Drive-Thru Eats!

Did you know that COVID testing at the Fairgrounds automatically gets you into the Fast Pass lane for FREE? The Fair has partnered with the Fresno County Department of Public Health, UCSF Fresno and the COVID-19 Equity Project to provide attendees with optional, free onsite COVID-19 testing.

 

Why get tested? For peace of mind, to protect your family and friends, and to help our community open safely by testing more people and pinpointing asymptotic carriers.

 

Pre-register to reserve your spot! COVID tests will be self-administered and are a shorter, mid-nasal swab. There are no age limits.

 

Testing is today from 4p – 9, then Friday – Sunday from 11a – 6p.

 

Register for your COVID-19 test by clicking here.

Just For You! Country Fair Cinnamon Rolls is Open Early at 9 a.m. Daily!

Did you know? You can get those delicious Fair cinnamon rolls starting at 9 a.m. daily! Country Fair Cinnamon Rolls has special early hours! So come out to the Fairgrounds early to get your cinnamon roll fix. You can enter from Kings Canyon Avenue and then follow your nose! . The rest of Drive-Thru Eats presented by Toyota USA opens at 4 p.m. Mon-Thurs; 11 a.m. Fri-Sun! It all ends Oct 18 so come out and enjoy this new drive-thru Fair! Details >> www.FresnoFair.com/drive-thru-eats.