California State Fair 2012 opens next Thursday


The California State Fair returns next Thursday, July 12th to Cal Expo.

The Fair returns with attractions and exhibits including Wizard’s Challenge, Birds in Paradise, Toytopia 2.0, and the Sun-Maid Centennial Exhibit.

Evening concerts are also scheduled with performances by The Cheeseballs (7/14), Rick Springfield (7/19), Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. (7/20), Scotty McCrerry (7/21), Harlee and the Sugar Daddies (7/29), and more.

The Kids Park and Magical Midway will also be open, along with events in the Exhibition Buildings and The Farm.

Live Horse Racing – Thoroughbred, Arabian, Quarter Horse, and Mule – will take place at the Miller Lite Grandstand also returns to the Fair from July 12-15 and July 19-22, with the first race at 1:45pm on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays (3:45pm on Fridays).

Fans can gather at 1:00pm daily (3:00pm on Fridays) prior to the race and be escorted by Cal Expo staff on to the racetrack near the finish line for a presentation related to the make up and maintenance of the racetrack. All attending guests will be able to take a small handful of the racetrack surface with them as a free souvenir.

Hours for the State Fair are:

  • Mon – Thurs: 1am – 10pm
  • Fri – Sun: 10am – 10pm

Hours for the Magical Midway are:

  • Mon, Thurs: 2pm – 11pm
  • Tues: 11am – 11pm
  • Wed: 12pm – 11pm
  • Fri – Sun: 11am – Midnight

Hours for the Kids Park are:

  • Mon – Thurs: 11am – 11pm
  • Fri – Sun: 11am – Midnight

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