California State Fair
Address: 1600 Exposition Blvd, Sacramento, CA
Phone: (916) 263-2975
Known For: Fair Food, Rides
What I had: Ice Cream, Cheese & Candy
I’ve always wanted to go to a state fair but they’re not too prevalent on the West coast (well not as much as they are in the South). You figure you know what they’re going to have…fried food, candy, soda, carnival games and rides, livestock and other quirky things. Well that’s exactly what was here. I didn’t partake in any of the fried foods but you can find almost anything you can think of from the popular fried Oreos, fried Twinkies, fried Snickers and fried chicken & waffles of course to the lesser known fried ‘gator and fried dill pickles. There’s of course corn dogs, cotton candy and funnel cakes galore.
I only had samples what were given out, that being candy from the Candy Nation exhibit, cheese from the different areas of California and ice cream courtesy of M&M’s.
The had a great Moto-X stunt show by some popular riders, whom unfortunately I can’t remember the names of, but they had won several X-Games medals. It was actually quite impressive.
They had a large livestock area including a petting zoo. It was staffed by the Sac State Vet students and they were all really knowledgeable. They also had an entire hall showcasing all of the counties in California and what they’re known for (wine, avocados, cheese, etc.) which was a lot of fun to tour through…like a mini tour of the state.
There was an exhibit on Californian art, another on food and one on technology, none were extremely interesting. They also had the Wacky California exhibit….strange items but nothing extremely compelling. Overall it was fun but there wasn’t too much to really make it outstanding. I’m guessing the larger more established fairs in other states (Texas for example?) have a bit more character with BBQ competitions, eating contests, etc. California just doesn’t lend itself to the whole fair vibe in my opinion. One of these days I’ll have to make it out to the Iowa State Fair.
Aug 24, 2009 @ 13:15