We like to always keep our Fair Fresh, Fun and Local for the community to enjoy! Check back later for a list of all day entertainment at the 2020 Merced County Fair! For now, here's a look at the featured entertainment at the 2019 fair.
NEW Ag-Focused Tioga Hall
The Tioga Hall will now be home to the Agriculture-Horticulture competitive exhibits as well as:
From traditional games, giant puzzles and brain teasers, this is an attraction the whole family can enjoy! Challenge your brain with all skill levels with a variety of puzzles, geometric - jigsaw - disentanglements and more – all for free!
"Farm to City" Children's Farmers' Market
This Children’s Farmers’ Market offers youth the chance to experience what life is like as a farmer as they gather artificial apples, corn, eggs and more; participate in a hands one cow milking station where they can experience the process of milking the artificial cow; and enjoy a sensory experience playing in a corn-filled area with shovels and trucks; plus develop their motor skills when they sit and push the playground tractors! This attraction is FREE for Fairgoers and is supported by First 5 Merced County.
Returning for its third year to the 2020 Merced County Fair is the Discovering Science Exhibit is in the San Joaquin Hall! This interactive and educational exhibit all based on STREAM curriculum that uses Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue and critical thinking. The end results are students who take thoughtful risks, engage in experiential learning, persist in problem-solving, embrace collaboration, and work through the creative process. This exhibit is put on in partnership with UC Merced and Merced Community College.
Tadpole the Clown
The popular Tadpole the Clown returns to the Merced County Fair! Tadpole is a professional clown, magician, balloon sculpturist and entertainer. He lives in the Peanut Capitol of the World - Sylvester, Georgia. Tadpole is a Georgia Certified Firefighter and Fire Safety Instructor. He is a graduate and instructor of Clown School on the Road and a graduate of the Georgia Fire Academy Clown School. He has performed all over the U.S. and Canada with audience participation, laughter, and miles and miles of smiles.
Tractor Parade Presented by MID Water & Power
Don’t miss this Fair favorite and longstanding tradition of the Merced County Fair! At approximately 5:45 p.m. every day, the roar of loud engines can be heard as more than 20 old fashion tractors line-up to begin the Tractor Parade through the Fairgrounds, the drivers waving to the crowd as Tadpole leads the way!
Sunshine Lane Family Area
Located near the Kiddie Carnival, this great area features attractions for the entire family to enjoy together such as those listed below, as well as everyone’s favorite photo cutouts to snap a memorable Fair picture of the kids!
NEW RNR Speedway
Race to the finish line with your friends at the new RNR Speedway! Grab a remote control car and speed around the racetrack in the Sunshine Lane Family Area!
NEW Hanging Bar
Hanging on to a bar sounds like an easy thing to do, but what if you had to hang on the bar for 100 seconds? Try out this challenge and win $100!
Baseball Throw Zone & Soccer Kick Station
Show off your athletic skills at the Fair! Test how hard you can kick a soccer ball at the new Soccer Kick station or see how fast you can throw a baseball at the Baseball Throw Zone! This is an activity that the whole family can enjoy!
From Great American Entertainment Company, the Petting Zoo at the Merced County Fair will feature a wide variety of animals including llamas, Fallow Deer, Bennett Wallabies, African Pygmy Goats, assorted exotic and domestic goats and sheep, Vietnamese Potbellied Pigs, Bantam Chickens, miniature Sicilian Donkeys, miniature Call Ducks – and baby animals born all year long.
What trip to the Fair is complete for the youngest Fairgoers without stopping by the pony rides? Bring the kids over to take a ride on these gorgeous, healthy, strong, purebred Welsh ponies that your kids (and you) are sure to fall in love with!
Walk on water inside an air sealed hamster ball in a large pool right in the middle of the Fair! Try to keep your balance as you maneuver around! This attraction is entertaining and fun for BOTH the person in the Water Ball and the people watching!
Explore, crawl and climb through layers of web-like bands in a quest to reach the top of the Spider Climb. Race a friend, or take your time and enjoy the fun! The payoff? An exhilarating ride down a HUGE inflatable slide to celebrate your victory.
Test your arm strength and see how high you can climb, or even race a friend to see who can reach the top first!
Get strapped in your harness and jump up and down on this trampoline with all you’ve got! The harder you jump, the higher your bungee cords will launch you into the air! This is the perfect activity for all ages of thrill-seekers!
All Alaskan Racing Pigs
Watch these fuzzy little racers as they compete for the championship title in the 100-yard dash and 50-yard high hurdles at the All Alaskan Pig Race. You won’t want to miss out on the hooting and hollering fun entertainment!