A "must see" for Fairgoers! Explore all the fun of these family-friendly attractions where there’s plenty of entertainment for both the young and the young at heart to enjoy!
The Meyers Water & Wildlife Tree
Learn about the vital water system in the Central Valley while discovering loads of fun at The Meyers Water & Wildlife Tree. An informative California Water Exhibit located inside the hollow portion of the tree displays important information on the State’s water system, and a large interactive map shows how water flows from the mountains down to the Valley floor for irrigation. Adults and kids alike can explore all the rooms, find tips on water conservation, enjoy informational videos and take a look at the two large aquariums featuring fish native to our region!
Come out and enjoy the Meyers Water Bank and Wildlife Project’s NEWEST educational exhibit, The Water Shed located in the Meyers Water & Wildlife Tree! The Water Shed utilizes cutting-edge digital projection mapping technology to help teach scientific concepts such as the water cycle, aquifers, groundwater banking and the water table. Viewers will see and hear the story of how the Central Valley’s landscape changes as its mountains, rivers, farmland, and aquifers experience wet and dry years. 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.
Fairgoers can also experience the “Cloud Tank” that brought a little bit of Hollywood right here to The Big Fresno Fair! This tank has been used for aerial shots and underwater effects, including explosions, in over 300 movies. This area also features the “Reptile House” with various snakes, lizards and turtles found in the Valley!
Big Fresno Fair School House
Added in 2013, The Big Fresno Fair School House is a replica of Fresno’s first school house that provides a fun place for kids to play, climb and be reminded of Fresno’s unique history.
The Big Fresno Fair Farmer’s Market
This Market showcases our region’s top agricultural products such as grapes, tomatoes, garlic, lemons, almonds and more. Imagine tomatoes the size of beach balls, ears of corn that are 23 ft. tall and 3 ft. wide and oranges the size of soccer balls! The Farmer’s Market also features entomology elements with ladybugs, butterflies and larva on display. You can also test your knowledge at the wall of “Ag Facts.”
Dairyville USA and the Laser Shooting Gallery Barn
Don’t miss the exciting Dairyville USA and A&M Livestock Laser Shooting Gallery, featuring everything “dairy” including a milk bottle fountain and a replica methane digester. Plus, find out if you have the fastest draw in town at the Laser Shooting Gallery Barn. One dollar gets you 25 shots of fun!
Cow Palace Milking Barn
Located next to Dairyville USA, the Cow Palace Milking Barn features an archway with cow heads that frame the Fair’s educational cow milking station. Stop by for the daily milking demonstration and learn how the milk gets from the cow to your fridge! Demonstrations are held 9 a.m., 11 a.m. & 5 p.m.
Be sure to stop by Miner’s Town – a two-story rock mountain of fun, complete with mine shafts, coal mining carts, a Wild West saloon facade and an old fashioned water wheel. Pan for real gold just like the ‘49ers did years ago with the Gold Gulch Museum from Coarsegold!
This fun-filled attraction connects to The Meyers Water & Wildlife Tree via a bridge and features an impressive two-story waterfall, a "catch and release" fishing hole where you can catch real fish with barbless hooks and visit the Bait Shop for all your fishing supplies. You can also test your knowledge and skills at the Wall of Fish Facts! Additionally, each year after the Fair, Catfish Falls is drained and all the fish are donated to the Poverello House in Fresno. This effort has fed more than 6,000 people in the last nine years. This will be the tenth year the Fair has donated the fish to the organization.
Pirates in the Park
All aboard mateys! Let your imagination sail away as you walk the plank, climb the lookout tower and explore this three-story-tall pirate ship from bow to stern. On board, you’ll discover slides, bridges, waterfalls, a treasure room, skeletons, jewels and canons…even a water-spitting pig!
Explore the Wild West at Fort Fresno, the fort built for fun! Located next to the pirate ship, this real wood structure includes tree trunks, bridges, slides and other fun features for kids of all ages!