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SJ Fair gets underway June 14
Uptown Funk, a Bruno Mars tribute, will perform on the first day of the San Joaquin County Fair, 8 p.m. Thursday, June 14, on the Main Stage. - photo by Photo Contributed
STOCKTON – The San Joaquin County Fair returns for a four-day run beginning on Thursday, June 14.
This year’s theme is “Celebrating Our County’s Cultures.”
Fairgoers will have a chance to catch a showcase featuring a variety local talent and other live acts on the Community Stage.
The Midway of Fun offers up thrill rides such as the Zipper, Bayern Kurve and Falling Star – unlimited ride wristband can also be purchased – not to mention carnival games and concession stands that offer up a variety fair foods and other refreshments.
Carnival games provide those of all ages to test their skills or try their luck at winning some big prizes.
Exhibits include Country Culture, Crochet & Knitted, Fine Arts, Floriculture, Photography, Quilt, and Wearable Art.
The Main Stage will feature live music and a few tribute bands (free with the price of admission).
The schedule is as followed:
Fresh, Thursday, June 14, 6 p.m. – A Los Angeles-based Latino R&B band. The five-member band also plays Dance and Rock.
Uptown Funk, Thursday, June 14, 8 p.m. – This Bruno Mars tribute consists of Evan, Daniel, Danny, Sam, Honore, and Josh doing everything Bruno Mars, from the complex and challenging choreography as seen in concert.
Jackson Michelson, Friday, June 15, 6 p.m. – The West Coast, as in Corvallis, Ore., Country performer with a Southern flair (he lived in Nashville, Tn.) opened for artists such as Lee Brice, Blake Shelton, and Frankie Ballard. Michelson is best known for his Sirius XM radio song “The Good Life.”
Jerrod Niemann, Friday, June 15, 8 p.m. – His new single “God Made A Woman” is currently impacting Country radio. Niemann, a singer / songwriter out of Nashville, has been performing over a decade. His “Drink to That All Night” and “Lover Lover” were certified-Platinum No. 1 hits. Niemann also performed with some country’s hottest acts, including Dierks Bentley, Brad Paisley, and Keith Urban.
Chains Required, Saturday, June 16, 6 p.m. – This 10-piece R&B band based in Sonora offers up horn-based sound and sizzling rhythm. Trombonist George Greenfield and friends formed the group in 2007. Since then, Chains Required was twice (2010 and 2012) named “Best Local Band” for Tuolumne County by Sierra Lonestar.
The Dazz Band, Saturday, June 16, 8 p.m. – The Dazz Band was among the top Funk groups of the 1980s, with “Let it Whip” topping the R&B chart in 1982. Founded by Bobby Harris in Cleveland, the Dazz Band went through a revival of sort in the ‘90s, performing alongside the BarKays, Confunkshun, Charlie Wilson of The Gap Band, and the S.O.S. Band for a project entitled “United We Funk All-Stars.”
On Sunday, June 17, the SJC Fair winds down with Gerardo Ortiz performing his Latin love ballads and heartbreak classics at the Grand Stand.

The singer / songwriter has won numerous awards, including Male Artist of the Year at the 2013 Mexican Billboard Music Awards.