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Get your corn dogs, cotton candy, and more on ‘Fair Food Fridays’ 


WHEN:  11:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
May 8, 15, 22 and 29; June 5, 11-13.

WHERE:  Merced County Fairgrounds, 900 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Merced.
Enter the fairgrounds from 11th Street and exit on Childs Avenue


The Merced County Fair has teamed up with valley fair food vendors to bring the new drive-thru “Fair Food Fridays” event to the Merced County Fairgrounds.

The new event series — every Friday through June 5 — is drawing lines of cars with people waiting to get their fair food favorites like corn dogs, kettle corn, Icees and cotton candy at special pandemic pricing.

Despite the recent cancellation of the 2020 Merced County Fair, CEO Teresa Burrola wanted to bring the taste of the fair for the community to still enjoy, while supporting the fair’s vendors and their families who have been hit hard by COVID-19 and widespread cancellation of fairs and events throughout the state.

“We wanted to bring something positive to the fairgrounds and give the community something fun to do while still aligning with the pandemic guidelines,” said Burrola. “So we came up with the idea to have a drive-thru food event! It has definitely put a smile on people’s faces and our food vendors could not be more thankful for the support. We look forward to continuing our ‘Fair Food Fridays’ throughout the month and into June.”

This event is cash only to keep the lines moving as quickly as possible. Drivers are asked to enter the fairgrounds from the 11th Street parking lot entrance. The fair food route goes through the traditional vendor area to an exit on Childs Avenue.

The line-up has now been expanded to include cinnamon rolls, funnel cake and pizza, along with the corn dogs, kettle corn, Icees and cotton candy.

The Merced County Fairgrounds is located at 900 Martin Luther King Jr. Way in Merced. For more details, call (209) 722-1506 or visit online at:


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