January 22, 2020

Merced County Fair Board Officers Selected for 2020


The Merced County Fair is proud to announce the 2020 officer position for the 35th District Agricultural Association Board of Directors, which was made official on January 13 after a Board vote during its monthly meeting. Those positions are: Carol Sartori-Silva, President; Lee Lor, First Vice President; and Kim Rogina, Second Vice President.

“It is exciting to have the opportunity to work with Carol in a new capacity as our Board President, who has been involved in the fair her whole life. Her connections with our fair, our community and our agriculture community run deep,” said Teresa Burrola, CEO of the Merced County Fair. “I look forward to the year ahead as she further helps us continue to serve our community and grow the Fair.” READ COMPLETE RELEASE HERE.

November 20, 2019

Merced County Fair Gets New Board Member, Luis Lara of Atwater 

The Merced County Fair is proud to announce that Luis Lara of Atwater has joined the Merced County Fair (35th District Agricultural Association) Board of Directors after being appointed by Governor Newsom on November 8, 2019. 

Luis Lara was born and raised in Atwater where he still resides with his family. He has served as a sergeant for the California Highway Patrol since 2011. Prior to that, Lara held several different positions since joining the California Highway Patrol in 1998, including serving as an officer in the Merced Area and Redwood City CHP Area Office. He has also served as an instructor at Merced Community College since 2013. Lara is secretary treasurer for the Merced School Employees Federal Credit Union Board of Directors; a board member of the McSwain Union Elementary School District.  He previously served on the Merced County Spring Fair Board from 2013 to 2018.  READ COMPLETE RELEASE HERE

June 14, 2019

2019 Fair Brought Community Together for Five Days of Tradition, Fun and Education

The Merced County Fair’s Board of Directors, Management and staff want to thank the community for coming out to support and “Discover the Magic” at the 2019 Merced County Fair, which ran June 5-9. During the fair’s five-day run, the community enjoyed delicious food, great entertainment, carnival rides, incredible exhibits and new free attractions like the Safari Adventure, Farmers Market and Discovering Science exhibit, plus so much more! The 2019 Merced County Fair unaudited attendance total during the five days was 64,536 people, a decrease of 10% from last year’s total of 71,201 people. Record heat on Opening Day and school graduations played a factor in the attendance decrease, but those who came out enjoyed their Merced County Fair to the fullest.


“We are so honored to once again host the biggest party in Merced County for our community,” said Teresa Burrola, CEO of the Merced County Fair. “We not only entertained, but were able to educate our fairgoers with our various exhibits and attractions thanks to partners like UC Merced’s Mobile Makers Space, Kids Discovery Station, our F.A.C.T. program students and more. We are thankful for the continued community support and look forward to next year – which thankfully will not overlap with graduations!” READ COMPLETE RELEASE HERE. 

June 3, 2019 

UC Merced to Debut New Mobile Makers Space at 2019 Merced County Fair 

Merced County Fair and the University of California, Merced are proud to announce an expanded partnership that will bring the university’s innovative mobile STEM-based hub, Mobile Makers Space, to the 2019 Merced County Fair as part of the Fair’s Discovering Science Exhibit.


The new Mobile Makers Space utilizes science, technology, engineering and math-driven hands-on activities and workshops geared toward students in kindergarten through eighth grade. Set to formally launch in early 2020, the Mobile Makers Space will be present at county fairs, schools and community events.


“We are very excited to debut the Mobile Makers Space at the Merced County Fair this year as it provides a great way to showcase how fun STEM activities can be,” said Chris Butler, assistant director of UC Merced’s Foster Family Center for Engineering Service Learning. “This mobile exhibit will allow UC Merced students, faculty and staff to get out into the community and interact with our youth to bring more awareness to how science, technology, engineering and math are used through these fun, hands-on activities.” READ COMPLETE RELEASE HERE. 

March 26, 2019

Merced County Fair's 2019 Entertainment Line-Up Announced 


The Merced County Fair is excited to announce its line-up for the 2019 Table Mountain FREE Concert Series presented by Coors Light, which is held on the Outdoor Theatre Stage, as well as the Fair’s action-packed Grandstand Entertainment for this year presented by Table Mountain Casino, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Coors Light and Rancho San Miguel Markets.

“These past couple of years tribute shows have been a huge hit at our fair bringing the community out for a fun night of singing and dancing,” said Teresa Burrola, CEO of The Merced County Fair. “So we are keeping with that trend and bringing more live tributes of popular artists that we think our community will love. Not only do we get to hear these amazing tributes, but we’re thrilled to bring two great artists that will get the crowd on their feet! Plus our amazing Grandstand entertainment line-up is sure to help make this year the most magical yet!” READ COMPLETE RELEASE HERE.

January 31, 2019
Merced County Fair Board Officers Selected for 2019

Lori Gallo takes on role as the new President of the Fair Board 


The Merced County Fair proudly announces the 2019 officer positions for the 35th District Agricultural Association Board of Directors, which was made official on December 12 after a Board vote at its monthly meeting. Those positions are: Lori Gallo, President; Carol Sartori-Silva, First Vice President; and Lee Lor, Second Vice President.  The fair’s CEO, Teresa Burrola said “she is very excited to work closely with Lori as the Board President because of the positive energy she brings.  Her enthusiasm is similar to the magical lights of a carnival”.


The focus of the Board’s new President Lori Gallo is to expand the highly popular STREAM exhibit added in 2018 – designed for children and families promoting science, technology, reading, engineering, arts and math – drawing in added involvement from UC Merced, Merced Junior College and other regional educational institutions. In her new role, Lori Gallo also wants to help drive new involvement in the fair’s nonprofit foundation, the Friends of the Merced County Fair to ultimately support the improvement of Merced County Fairgrounds’ buildings and overall grounds for future generations.

“As a child, I grew up loving the fair, food, rides and animals, exhibits, including the hardworking livestock exhibitors during the various sales,” said Lori. “And the incredible thing about the Merced County Fair is that it has all those traditional fair elements I loved as a little girl, but new elements like the STREAM exhibit that draws in a whole new generation of Fairgoers who want to see the latest in science and technology.” ....READ THE COMPLETE RELEASE HERE.

2018 News Releases

2018 Merced County Fair a Success Filled with Tradition and Family Fun - June 14, 2018

Opening Day Activities for the 2018 Merced County Fair - May 24, 2018 

Merced County Fair Food Drive Poised for Growth - May 23, 2018 

Fair Teams Up with City of Merced on Free Electronic Recycling Events - April 28, 2018

Vicky Banaga and Kimber Rogina Reappointed to Board - April 16, 2018

Now Accepting Competitive Entries for 2018 Fair; Entries Due May 3 - April 9, 2018

2018 Merced County Fair Entertainment Line-Up Announced - January 24, 2018

Merced County Fair Announces 2018 Board Officer Positions - January 9, 2018 

2017 News Releases

2018 Junior Fair Board Applications Now Available - November 1, 2017

2017 Merced County Fair Declared a Success! - June 15, 2017

Opening Day of 2017 Merced County Fair is June 7; Here's your scoop! = June 5, 2017

UC Merced Joins Fair's Food Drive Effort - May 15, 2017

Fair To Hold FREE Electronic Recycling Events In April & May - April 7, 2017

Entertainment for 2017 Merced County Fair Announced - February 13, 2017

Merced County Fair Debuts New Brand - January 12, 2017

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