What is Fair Education?
Fair Education is a program that allows students and teachers to visit The Big Fresno Fair free of charge in an educational effort to expose Fresno County children to the unique agricultural heritage and Fair tradition that is unique to the Central Valley.
What can my class expect on a Fair Education Day?
During a Fair Education Day, classes will arrive at the Fair and have the opportunity to see the exhibits in the Fairground buildings between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. including: Ag Ventureland, Fine Arts & Photography, The Greenhouse (Floriculture), Home Arts, Gem & Mineral, Junior Exhibits, Wells Fargo Agriculture and Kids' Town. Teachers who take their classes through at least five buildings will be given one free return ticket per student, so that students can bring their parents back to the Fairgrounds to show them what they have learned.
What are new aspects of the Fair Education Day this year?
Students will also get to visit the California Water Exhibit that shows water flow throughout the State. New this year is The Water Shed, a highly technical and educational exhibit! The Water Shed utilizes cutting edge digital projection technology to help teach scientific concepts such as the water cycle, aquifers, groundwater banking, the water table, drought and more. Viewers will see and hear the story of the Central Valley unfold as its mountains, rivers, farmland, and aquifers experience wet and dry years. The new exhibit will be debut at this year’s Big Fresno Fair. Live demonstrations will take place during the Fair Education Program only, but it will be available during the entire Fair. When not in use for Fair Education, viewers will be able to interact with the map and listen to a prerecorded audio describing what is taking place. It’s definitely a must see! Created by Monster City Studios and sponsored by Marvin Meyers.
Students can enjoy not only this incredible educational exhibit, but also the new Bug-ology Exhibit in Kids’ Town. Bug, bugs and more bugs! Don’t miss the GIANT animatronic bugs including a praying mantis, caterpillar and more! Bug-ology will have numerous interactive educational stations featuring what bugs are good for and even how they are used in food! There will be edible bug treats available for sale to the public at the “Bug Bites Bar,” plus a miniature Bug Ranch display and a beautiful butterfly exhibit. Walk through the Spider Forest or take photos with a Scorpion or Tarantula. This attraction is free with your Fair admission.
What about lunch?
We encourage teachers to bring bag lunches for their students. All lunches must be labeled with the name of the class, teacher and school. Upon arrival at the Fairgrounds, properly labeled bag lunches will be transported to the Pavilion area and at 11:30 a.m., all classrooms can meet in the Pavilion, pick up their lunches and enjoy entertainment during lunch before they leave.
What if I have additional students added to my class after I have registered?
If you have more students in you classroom than you specified on the registration form, don't worry! When you arrive at the Fair on the day of your visit, go directly to the Teacher Check-In Table in the Butler Parking Lot under the red tent and let a volunteer know the number of students you have with you. If the additional students require additional chaperones, the necessary tickets will be given to you at that time.
What if I want to participate with other classes from my school, should we register together?
Our registration system does not register buses or schools, only individual classes. Classes may arrive in as many groups as are convenient for the teacher and school, but we require one registration form per class to register you.
Is there curriculum available to prepare my classroom for the Fair?
Yes, please see below:
The Chevron STEM Zone will be open during Fair Education and will be bringing back many popular science and math based activities for kids of all ages. To see the supplemental curriculum for this exhibit, click here.
Also, click here for an activity sheet Courtesy of Measure C. You can also watch a short video about the Measure C called Don't Take A Chance Program by clicking here.
Come learn about STEM through sports!
The Chevron STEM Zone is an interactive mobile space for students, teachers, and parents to learn how science, technology, engineering and math are connected to sports and everyday life.
The STEM Zone is built to be a hands-on environment similar to a discovery museum, but with the look-and-feel of a child’s clubhouse. The STEM Zone features learning stations, or exhibits, which bring various STEM lessons to life. These exhibits utilize sports themes familiar to students to bring excitement and engagement to science, technology, engineering, and math by showing their real world applications, and creating awareness of STEM in the world around us. For more information, visit www.ChevronSTEMZone.com
How many chaperones can I bring with my class?
The breakdown of chaperones is as follows:
NOTE: Teachers do not count as chaperones.
Preschool: (Ages 3 and Older) ~ 1 Chaperone to every 5 Students
K-3rd Grade ~ 1 Chaperone to every 5 Students
4th - 8th Grade ~ 1 Chaperone to every 5 Students
Special Needs ~ 1 Chaperone to 1 Student
What if I have more chaperones than allowed for my grade level?
Any chaperones above the allowed amount will be charged a discounted rate of $5.00 at the gate before entering the grounds.
What time can I arrive with my class?
The parking lot opens at 8:00 a.m., the Fairground gates open at 8:30 a.m. and the buildings open at 9:00 a.m. Fair Education classes may enter the Fairgrounds between 8:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.
Where should I park?
The Butler Parking Lot at Butler and Chance Avenues offers FREE PARKING to all Fair Education participants from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
What should I do if I have special needs or students with disabilities?
Be sure to indicate on your registration form that you have students with special needs. This will insure that you are able to drop students off at the Chance Avenue Gate and may be picked up there after 12:00 p.m. Please advise us of any special requirements you need in advance.
The Big Fresno Fair - Fair Education Office
1121 S. Chance Ave.
Fresno, CA 93702-3707
(559) 650-9551 fax
Please don't hesitate to call with any questions or concerns!