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 does it provide a fun, family atmosphere in which they can create lasting memories, but 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. But that's not the exciting part! All qualified students in attendance will have the opportunity to win scholarships and other assorted prizes for their academic success, then 9th – 12th graders can also win a new 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 
Registration for the 7th Annual Big Band Review is now open! All Jr. High and High School Marching Bands from throughout the state of California are invited to compete for cash prizes on Opening Day, Wednesday, October 4, 2017! Did we mention that there is $15,000 in prize money up for grabs? Click here for more information.
The Fair Education Program 
The Fair holds the annual Fair Education Program in conjunction with the Fresno County Office of Education. An award-winning educational program that provides a link between urban and rural California, the program educates Fresno County students on the region’s rich agricultural industry. Now in its 25th 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 24 years, the Fair Education has provided more than 450,000 local students, teachers and chaperones the opportunity to experience this fun and educational field trip! More information here.