Thousands of residents from around the Central Valley made their way to the Merced County Fair over the course of its five-day run last week.
Guests were able to enjoy a traditional night out at the fair for the first time in two years — after this valley’s long bout with the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 2022 edition of the fair, however, was back and better than ever with more rides, games, food, music, and live entertainment.
Final attendance numbers and fundraising results from the Jr. Livestock Auction were not available before the Times press deadline this week, but stay tuned for more on those details in the upcoming edition of the paper.
The Stars Of This Year’s Merced County Fair
Those who made their way to the back of the fairgrounds were able to gain an even more immersive experience in agriculture thanks to the year-long efforts of local chapters of the Future Farmers of America and 4-H organizations. Throughout the year, local students work with animals that are put on display at the fair as part of county level competition that sees the public gain insight into the agricultural industry that supports the local area. Additionally, the county fair helps these young farmers gain funding and offset the costs associated with raising livestock through the eventual auction of their raised animals.
Local Art, Culture Focus Of Fair’s Community Exhibits
Local artists of all ages and mediums were recognized for their endeavors at the Emanuel Medical Center Arts Pavilion during the Merced County Fair. From photography, to canvas, ceramics, and even toys, the hall was filed with hundreds of submitted artworks created by Merced County residents and judged by a fair panel of experts.