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Great Weather, Big Crowds, Lots To See

Livestock Auction totals hit record-setting $1,429,095

The local community and outside visitors appeared to deliver on this year’s Merced County Fair theme of “Everyone Come Celebrate.”

The 5-day run was marked by huge crowds, dynamic concerts and shows, delicious food, carnival rides, exhibit buildings, livestock shows and sales and, of course, exceptionally great weather.

While fair management was still auditing attendance numbers before the Times press deadline this week, all the talk was about the weather and the cool summertime feeling the fair brought on this year.

“We could not have been blessed with better weather,” said Teresa Burrola, the fair’s CEO. “The weather, coupled with the incredible entertainment value the Merced County Fair provides the community, definitely brought people out to enjoy time with one another. We are immensely grateful for this community who came out to enjoy the hard work we put into this year’s Merced County Fair, and for the participation of our exhibitors, community performers and more – you all play a special part in making our Fair so great.”

• From the Carnival Midway and Grand Stand entertainment to the Free Concert Series and Livestock Exhibitions, the Times was there to capture exciting and heart-warming moments. See our extended coverage throughout multiple pages of this newspaper! … Or keep reading:

This year, as part of the fair’s “Feed Our Community” food drive benefitting the Merced County Food Bank, a total of 4,013 pounds of food was collected to help fight hunger in the region.

For a second year in a row, the Merced County Fair partnered with Valley Children’s Healthcare, the Merced County Library and First 5 Merced County on the Early Childhood Literacy Partnership whose mission is to empower children to read, as well as foster a love for reading. As part of this partnership, the Merced County Fair hosted the Library Bookmobile on Saturday, June 10 and Sunday, June 11, where free books were given to young Fairgoers and they could get their very own Merced County Library card. This partnership was a great success with 1,000 books donated by Valley Children’s Healthcare handed out – all helping to encourage summer reading.

As always, livestock draws in the crowds and big support from the community, which is evident in this year’s record-breaking livestock numbers.

The Small Animal Auction on Thursday, June 8, in the Les McCabe Arena saw the sale of 119 animals generating $38,665 in sales. Then on Friday, June 9 in the Les McCabe Arena, the Dairy Replacement Heifer Sale generated $231,100 from 64 heifers sold.

Everything culminated on Saturday, June 10, with the Jr. Livestock Auction in the Hilmar Cheese Barn which was a big success generating $988,135.50 in sales from 585 animals exhibited and sold by 4-H, FFA and Independent Exhibitors. That brought the total 2023 Merced County Fair Livestock Auction totals with add-ons to a record-setting $1,429,095.14.

The Merced County Fair Board of Directors served 650 dinners for the Jr. Livestock Auction buyers and their families in the Central Valley Concrete & Central Valley Trucking picnic area to show the Fair’s appreciation for the buyers’ continued support of the Fair’s livestock program and the hardworking exhibitors.

“We are so proud of our annual Merced County Fair – not only for the fun and entertainment it brings to our community, but its financial impact with jobs and revenue for local businesses, which is estimated to be $23 million each year,” Burrola said. “We look forward to serving the community year-round and welcoming everyone back in 2024 to kick-off the summer with us.”

The 2024 Merced County Fair will run June 5 – 9. Be sure to sign up for the Merced County Fair’s free email newsletter to stay up-to-date on information or connect with the Fair on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and TikTok.

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