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Friends, supporters of County Fair enjoy preview party


Hundreds of Merced County Fair supporters filled up the massive Yosemite Hall inside the fairgrounds on Feb. 28 to celebrate the official kick-off of the 2020 fair season and support the fundraising efforts.

The Fair Pre-Party & Dinner featured a live and silent auction, adult-style ICEES and corn dogs, a dinner prepared by the Pedrozo brothers, hosted drinks, plus plenty of entertainment — including a fantastic, modern violin performance by Patrick Contreras, known as “Violin On Fire.”

Local farmers Joe and Augie Scoto were honored with the Blue Ribbon Award for their support of the Merced County Fair.

Richard Regalo, who served nine years on the Friends of the Fair Board, was honored. Regalo was very instrumental in leading the charge for getting the Hilmar Cheese Barn built at the fairgrounds.

Those in attendance also welcomed Carol Sartori-Silva, the new Merced County Fair Board president.

Special recognition also goes to Rawlings Concessions for bringing in their Corn Dog and Icee Stands. Log Cabin Kettle Corn for all the treats. Country Fair Novelties for all the blinking novelties that were handed out. And last but not least, JLQ Mexican Food for an incredible Ceviche dish that was enjoyed by all.

The 2020 Merced County Fair will run June 10 – 14! For more information about the Merced County Fair, please visit online at:

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