Educational Programs

The Big Fresno Fair is far more than just the Central Valley’s largest annual event, attracting more than 600,000 patrons each year. It is a long-standing tradition for Valley residents! Not only is it  a fun, family atmosphere in which they can create lasting memories, but it is also a platform to help educate the youth of our community, teach them leadership skills and reward their scholastic achievements. Through the various programs listed below, The Big Fresno Fair supports its mission to educate, celebrate and have fun



The Big Fresno Fair 4.0 & Above Program
The 4.0 & Above Program invites all 8th – 12th grade students in Fresno County whose cumulative GPA is 4.0 or above as of June 2017 to The Big Fresno Fair for FREE on Opening Day of the Fair. That's not the exciting part though! All qualified students in
attendance will have the opportunity to win scholarships and other assorted prizes for their academic success.  Qualified 8th grade students will have the chance to win iPads, Laptops and Visa Gift cards. 9th – 12th graders will have the opportunity to win those same prizes plus a 2018 Toyota Corolla, at a special presentation in the Brian I. Tatarian Grandstand. This fun, rally-like atmosphere allows the Fair and its partners to recognize these students for all their hard work and scholastic achievements. This annual event provides an opportunity for principals and campus culture directors to entice and encourage students to work hard all year to keep up their grades for a chance to win these great prizes. 
The Big Fresno Fair Big Band Review
The 8th Annual Big Band Review will take place Opening Day - Wednesday, October 3 at The Big Fresno Fair.  Jr. High and High School Marching Bands throughout the State of California will compete in the following categories for cash prizes: Parade, Auxiliary, Drum Major and Percussion. The Big Band Review competition will begin at 1:00 p.m. and awards will be announced at 5:00 p.m. 
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The Fair Education Program 
The Fair holds the annual Fair Education Program in conjunction with the Fresno County Office of Education. This program, an award-winning educational program that provides a link between urban and rural California, educates Fresno County students on the region’s rich agricultural industry. Now in its 26th year, the Fair Education Program provides an opportunity for K-8th grade students to visit the Fair for FREE. Students can tour the various buildings to learn about the Valley’s rich agricultural heritage, as well as experience photography, painting, jam making, machinery, sewing, rock sculpting and more! In its 25 years, the Fair Education has provided more than 480,000 local students, teachers and chaperones the opportunity to experience this fun and educational field trip! More information here.