Fair Education Program

2017 Fair Education Program
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The Big Fresno Fair, in conjunction with the Fresno County Office of Education, is busy planning our 25th annual FANTASTIC Fair Education Program for the 2017 Big Fresno Fair. It has always been the mission of the Fair to educate, celebrate and have fun! During the past 24 years more than 480,000 local students and their teachers have been educated about our agriculurally rich Valley through Fair Education. The Fair Education Program allows kindergarten through eighth grade students to visit the Fair FREE of charge in an educational setting. Space is available on a first come, first served basis. So please be sure to sign up today to secure your spot!

The Fair Education volunteers make this unique and educational program possible each year.  Volunteers are being sought to help direct students, assist with activities and answer questions in the Fair’s various exhibit buildings. Fair Education Program days are Thursday, October 5; Friday, October 6; Thursday, October 12; and Friday, October 13. Download the Volunteer Application. 

What is Fair Education?

Fair Education is a program that allows students 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 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 noon, 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:

Also, click here for an activity sheet Courtesy of Measure C. You can also watch a short video about the Measure C Don't Take A Chance Program by clicking here.


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.

Contact Information:

The Big Fresno Fair - Fair Education Office
1121 S. Chance Ave.
Fresno, CA 93702-3707
(559) 650-FAIR
(559) 650-9551 fax
Please don't hesitate to call with any questions or concerns!