STOCKTON – Fun, family, food,
That’s what the San Joaquin County Fair is looking to offer during its four-day run which opens today.
“Our goal is to engage as many families in San Joaquin County as possible,” said SJ Fair CEO Steve Colangelo.
The SJ Fair, with a rich history that dates back to 1860, promises to be much-improved from that of the recent years.
“We did not have the highest reviews in the past. We have taken comments seriously and have worked towards repairing areas of dissatisfaction. We expanded on learning opportunities and family fun while concentrating on cleanliness, safety and security,” Colangelo said.
The fair hopes to bring the community together to celebrate its unique qualities especially in agriculture.
“The purpose if for the community to have fun, eat lots of good food, and enjoy the various festivities,” Colangelo added.
Carnival foods such as corndogs, cotton candy and funnel cakes will head up the menu for fairgoers along with Mexican cuisine, hamburgers, and chicken & waffles, to name a few.
For those adventurous sorts, there’s “gators and taters.”
Attractions include the Youth Science and Technology Lab and an art contest for children, and, for adults, fine art and photo competitions along with floral and horticulture.
Of course, there’s the Midway of Fun featuring a variety of thrill rides.
The entertainment bill will consists of local and tribute bands performing on the Chase Chevrolet Main Stage – Gun Powder & Lace, Mondo, Latin Magic, Killer Queens, Journey Re-visited, Heartless, Longtime, Unchained, Violin on Fire, Banda Peligrino, the Mike Torres Band, and Tran Kaso Norteno – and the PG&E Community Stage – Karen Quest, Hypnotist Darrin Frazier, Break dancers, Ohana Martial Arts, Diamond Dance Studio, Worst Friends Forever, Alexander DJ, Eric Moore and Folklorica.
The SJ Fair has been year-long process in the making. Colangelo credits an enthusiastic fair board dedicated to superior customer service along with handpicked talent catering to wide variety of fairgoers while providing dozens of activities for children.
The San Joaquin Fair
Location: 1658 S. Airport Way, Stockton
Hours of operation: Thursday-Friday, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Admission: Adults $10, children $5, seniors $5 (children under age 5 will be admitted for free)
Information: Cal 209.466.5041 or log on to www.sanjoaquinfair.com