The Tradition of Competitive Exhibits is still alive and well in Merced! Be sure to stop by each of the exhibit buildings below and see the incredible talents of Merced County residents! Interested in showcasing your own talents? Below are the various competitive exhibits that we feature each year! Remember, it is free to enter. Are you interested in participating in the 2020 Merced County Fair Competitive Exhibits? Then check back in February for details and the 2020 Merced County Fair Exhibitor Handbook!

Agricultural Mechanics

FFA members are actively learning what it takes to develop, maintain and refurbish equipment for specialized farm, ranch and agribusinesses. Swing on by the Agricultural Mechanics building to see who takes home the top prizes in this year’s contests, which include small engines projects as well as small, medium and large equipment.. More details coming soon.


Agriculture & Horticulture

Don’t miss the chance to see locally grown fruits and vegetables, plus some of the Fairgoers favorite contests such as: Hay Growers, Scarecrow, Melon Decorating, Mr. or Mrs. Potato Head, Farm Junk – Yard Sculpture and Tallest Weed contests. Then don’t forget about the Wine Tasting Area! Enjoy some of Merced County’s best wines created by local wine makers. More details coming soon. 




Expanded Merced Pavilion

This popular area just got more exciting! Not only with the Pavilion include Kids’ & Fine Art, it will also include Home Arts entries along with 4-H exhibits! Be sure to stop by and discover the incredible talents of Merced County – paintings, ceramics, photography, baked goods, woodworking and more! Plus don’t forget about the popular Home Arts “Day Of” Contests! More details are coming soon.


This Fair favorite is back with some new additions such as the “Bee Theater,” plus your favorites like Garden in a Wheelbarrow, Professional and Amateur Gardens, Dried/Silk Flower Arrangements, Wreaths and more! Plus, come out to see the “Chopped Up” Floral Arrangement Competition on June 6 at 5:30 p.m. where competitors are given 45 minutes to put together their best arrangement with only the box of supplies given! More details coming soon. 


The exhibition of Livestock gives Fair patrons the opportunity to explore farm animals up-close in an effort to educate the public on one of the many facets that make up our agricultural industry. These livestock events help to create the next generation of men and women in agriculture and by participating in these events, 4-H, FFA and Independent students not only have the opportunity to showcase and sell their animal projects, they also learn responsibility and gain agribusiness experience. More details coming soon. 






RETURNING Discovering Science Exhibit Building

After its debut last year, the newly expanded Discovering Science Exhibit is back and better than ever. This space was formerly known as the Home Arts Exhibit Building, which has now moved to be part of the Arts Pavilion! Making room for this interactive and educational exhibit all based on STEM curriculum or as we like to call it STEAM – Science, Technology, Engineering, ARTS and Math! Featuring Puzzlemania that features brain teasers, games and of course puzzles to test your problem-solving skills in a fun way! This exhibit also features a robotics exhibit made possible by the talented students at El Capitan, Buhach Colony, Atwater and Livingston high schools! 


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