From the very start, there were clear signs this year’s Merced County Fair was going to be spectacular, with new surprises around every corner.
The festivities kicked off June 5 with an opening ceremony and groundbreaking event for a new picnic area and shade structure sponsored by Central Valley Concrete & Trucking.
After a warm welcome by Fair CEO Teresa Burrola, the American flag was presented by the Merced County Sheriff’s Department, and the singing of the national anthem was led by Merced High School freshman Daniela Olmos.
Merced County Fair Board President Lori Rossi Gallo took to the stage and highlighted numerous new fair activities, including the Discovery Science Exhibit brought together by UC Merced and the Kids Discovery Station, the Merced College Ag Mechanics Exhibit, First 5’s Farm to City Farmers Exhibit, and a safari-themed exhibit to teach young residents about the wildlife of Africa, Asia, and Australia.
“The best part is that this is all available to our fairgoers for free,” Gallo noted. She went on to explain that by focusing on free opportunities such as these, those who help put the fair together are able to ensure that fairgoers are able to walk away both entertained and with lasting memories.
Highlighting the event was the unveiling of renderings of the finalized look of the Central Valley Concrete & Trucking sponsored picnic area.
“The Merced County Fair has been a celebrated tradition in our family for four generation, which is why today is such a special day to me, our whole family, and the employees of Central Valley Concrete & Trucking,” said Vice President Staci Leonardo. “We’ve always been a big supporter of the Merced County Fair, but we’ll now be a permanent part of the fair for generations to come.”
To relive other moments from the Merced County Fair, readers can check out our coverage of races at the Merced Speedway that packed the grandstands, the jr. livestock auctions and showmanship competitions that brought 4-H and FFA’s best and brightest together, the special needs Friends Helping Friends Day on Friday, the S.T.E.M activities that UC Merced’s Mobile Maker Space brought to this year’s fair, or the live music performance of Canaan Smith. Those interested in seeing the sights of the Merced County Fair again can check out our photo gallery post covering the attractions, rodeo, and more from this year’s fair.