Live Horse Racing Returning to the Brian I. Tatarian Grandstand!

Live horse racing is returning to the Brian I. Tatarian Grandstand for the 2019 Big Fresno Fair! Be sure to join us on the first Friday of live horse racing because it’s one party you don’t want to miss! Post time for all racing days is at 1:15 p.m. Dark Days fall on the following dates this year: Wednesday, October 2, Monday, October 7, Tuesday, October 8 and Wednesday, October 9.

Be sure to purchase your Turf Club & Luxury Deck tables to enjoy watching the races from a comfortable air conditioned or rooftop view while having great food and drinks with your friends and family. Call (559) 650-FAIR today to purchase your Box Seats today! For more information: >>

The Big Fresno Fair Unveils Life-Size Statue of Jose Ramirez And Receives Donation of his World Title Belt to Add to the Champ’s Fresno County Historical Museum Exhibit

jose ramirez and his new statue

 In front of a crowd of 60 community leaders, family, boxing fans and Big Fresno Fair leadership, the life-size statue of José Ramirez was revealed in the Fresno County Historical Museum at the Fresno Fairgrounds. The statue was commissioned by Fresno artist Debbie Stevenson. Adding to the celebration of the day, Avenal local, John Bowers was on hand to donate José’s champion belt on behalf of another Avenal native, Chris Gamber who purchased it and decided to donate it to the Fresno County Historical Museum to be displayed as part of the exhibit.

Sharing heartfelt remarks about the undisputed WBC and WBO Super Lightweight World Champion were Fresno County Board Supervisor Sal Quintero, Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer, The Big Fresno Fair CEO John C. Alkire, Agent and Promoter Rick Mirigian, and Manuel Cunha.

When the Champ addressed the crowd filled with his family and fans, he got a bit emotional sharing stories about his start in boxing and the meaning of this exhibit, which he can’t wait to share with his son. 

“Today was an incredible event honoring an incredible person – José Ramirez,” said John C. Alkire, CEO The Big Fresno Fair. “We could not be more proud of the man you are, both in the ring and outside. You are an example for our youth, for us and someone our community is extremely proud of. We could not be more excited for this addition to our Museum for our community to enjoy and for future generations to learn about your impact and legacy – which still continues to be written.” 

Through all the remarks today, one thing was constant, praise for José’s character and determination. In addition to his Valley fans and supporters, praise from his boxing community filled the day. 

“Jose Ramirez’s love for the Central Valley is evident through his many charitable endeavors,” said Top Rank chairman Bob Arum. “We are proud of José Ramirez the champion, but even prouder of the man he is outside the ring.” 

John Alkire acknowledged the efforts of Mirigian to make the boxing exhibit in the Fresno County Historical Museum a reality, stating “we couldn’t have gotten all of this memorabilia and created this space without your help.”

“It’s incredible what John and the Fair has done for José – thank you. I hope to see the Museum filled with more items from throughout his career and I am committed to helping how I can,” said Rick Mirigian, Agent and Promoter for José. 

The statue along with the champion belt will be on display in the Fresno County Historical Museum in time for the 2019 Big Fresno Fair, which runs October 2-14. For more information on the Museum go to 

jose ramirez and family

Join in on the Fun for Sun-Maid Kids’ Day | Wednesday, October 9!

Wednesday, October 9 is Sun-Maid Kids’ Day and admission to the Fair is FREE for kids 12 and under with a paid adult admission all day long! Remember, kids 5 and under are always free.

NOTE: Carnival Rides are regular price on this day. For more BIG ways to save >>

See Keith Sweat on Friday, October 4 at the 2019 Big Fresno Fair!

Legendary R&B singer and songwriter Keith Sweat is coming to the 2019 Big Fresno Fair on Friday, October 4 at 7 p.m. as a part of the Table Mountain Concert Series presented by Coors Light and Toyota! You don’t want to miss this award-winning artist and producer perform top hits like “Nobody,” “Twisted,” “Make It Last Forever” and so many more! Ticket prices are $20, $25 and $35.

Get your tickets now either online, by phone or at the Fairgrounds Box Office.

View the full Paul Paul Theater Table Mountain Concert Series line-up here >>

Esports is Coming to The Big Fresno Fair!

Attention Gamers! The Big Fresno Fair has partnered with Blue Shell Gaming and Virtual Reality to bring you, The Showdown – An Educational Esports Experience at The Big Fresno Fair in the Jr. Exhibits Building! This gaming experience is FREE with your paid Fair admission and open to ages 8 and older.

Sign-up to be a part of two mega tournaments! Smash Ultimate on October 5 and Fornite on October 12 for your chance to win cash prizes! There is a $15 buy-in for each tournament.  For more details and to enter, click here!

The Showdown will also feature coaching sessions from local pros in many of the top games, Virtual Reality stations and a gaming museum! Parents can also educate themselves with information on health and wellness in gaming!

Want to play all 13 days of the Fair? Get your Gamer Pass at Blue Shell Gaming for only $38!

Jr. Livestock Auction Saturday October 5 and 12!

Support your local 4-H, FFA and Independent students on Saturday, October 5 and October 12 during the Jr. Livestock Auction at the 2019 Big Fresno Fair! Phase 1 of the Auction begins promptly at 10 a.m. on October 5 and Phase 2 starts at 8:30 a.m. on October 12. NEW at the Jr. Livestock Auctions is the Ag Mechanics “Trash to Treasures” Auction on October 5 at 2 p.m. The night sale will also take place at 6:30 p.m. on October 5, featuring Dairy Replacement Heifers and Dairy Doe Replacements. These events provide Fairgoers the opportunity to come out and show their support for these dedicated students.

This annual competition is the culmination of a year’s worth of work for agriculture students who select, purchase, feed and groom livestock to be judged, graded and sold at the Fair. This money allows them to continue their projects and save for college! Don’t miss out on this opportunity to see the agricultural industry’s next generation of men and women and their projects in action at the 2019 Jr. Livestock Auction at the Big Fresno Fair!

Interested in supporting these students at the Jr. Livestock Auction? Contact our Livestock Department directly at (559) 650-3292 or

This Week’s “TidBit Tuesday” We’re Featuring McCool’s Creations!

Check out McCool’s Creations for beautiful, affordable, functional and essential pieces of furniture for your home! They have beautiful vanity mirrors with lights attached, makeup organizers and brush holders, plus so much more. Take a look at their furniture while at the 2019 Big Fresno Fair! Their booth is located in the Commerce Building.

Brew Fest & Fall Wine Festival Tickets On Sale Now!

Don’t miss out on this year’s 3rd Annual Brew Fest on Saturday, October 5 with more than 30 different breweries and the 2nd Annual Fall Wine Festival on Saturday, October 12 with more than 12 wineries! Enjoy an afternoon filled with lawn games, food trucks, music and horse betting from inside the infield. Ticket prices are $35 for event only and $25 for Designated Driver ticket.

For more information and to buy tickets for the Brew Fest >>

For more information and to buy tickets for the Fall Wine Festival >>

Pint For a Pass Ends Sunday, September 22!

There’s still time to donate blood! Find your type and give life to our community. The Big Fresno Fair and the Central California Blood Center encourage YOU to donate blood today as part of the 10th Annual “Pint for a Pass” Blood Drive! Donate by Sunday, September 22 and you’ll get a BOGO Fair admission ticket voucher, PLUS be entered to win concert and horse racing tickets! More details >>