After a two-year hiatus, the Merced County Fair has announced its official return this summer with an in-person fair filled with carnival rides, live music, action-packed Grandstand shows, community performers, still and livestock exhibits, fair food and more. The 2022 Merced County Fair will take place June 8 through 12 and will feature an incredible line-up for the free Outdoor Theatre Concert Series presented by Coors Light, as well as the Grandstand shows presented by Coors Light, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Save Mart and FoodMaxx.
“We are beyond thrilled for the return of the Merced County Fair after two years of modified operations,” said Teresa Burrola, CEO of the Merced County Fair. “We have greatly missed our community, and we know they have missed our fair. It will be a wonderful reunion to kick-off the summer for our community, complete with all the fair favorites: food, carnival rides, exhibits, concerts, community performances, our beloved tractor parade and so much more. We hope to see all of you at the fairgrounds.”
From a returning country star to groovy jams, there’s plenty of music that everyone is sure to enjoy. All Outdoor Theatre concerts begin at 8:30 p.m., and are free with paid fair admission.
There’s also plenty of other free entertainment for the family to enjoy once inside the gates of the Merced County Fair such as the Coors Light Stage and Dignity Health – Mercy Medical Center Stage (formerly Bear Creek Plaza). New this year in the Sunshine Family Lane Area is the Pee Wee Stampede, where kids will put on a show and participate in mock rodeo events while the crowd cheers them on. Fairgoers will also be able to enjoy the return of the daily Tractor Parade, Discovering Science Exhibit, Petting Zoo and more.
The Merced County Fair, first founded in 1891, represents the 35th District Agricultural Association. The fair’s mission statement outlines that it “promises to meet the needs of our community by providing a fun, safe venue to celebrate our area’s agricultural heritage, discover new technology and be entertained.” This year marks the 131st year of operation for the Merced County Fair, after two years of modified operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Roughly 70,000 people from throughout Merced County and beyond to attend the five-day Merced County Fair each June. For more information about the Merced County Fair, visit www.MercedCountyFair.com. Connect with the Fair on Facebook (@mercedfair), Twitter (@Merced_CA_Fair) and Instagram (@mercedcountyfair).