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Chocolate-covered bacon? It must be the fair.

Ferris wheel at the Alameda County Fair
Ferris wheel at the Alameda County Fair
Photo by Heidi Young

Hot dog eating contests, Ferris wheels, and chocolate-covered bacon. Where else would you find all of this, but the fair? Whether it’s county or state, summer time is fair time. The locations may vary, but the events and food are often the same. Carnival rides, cooking contests, concerts, and every type of junk food you can imagine. Corn dogs, funnel cakes, ice cream, and yes, even chocolate-covered bacon. Don’t forget to try your hand at one of the carnival games, so that you can win that giant, stuffed banana.

Not only are fairs popular family entertainment, but fairgrounds also sometimes offer RV camping, making them convenient for RV travelers. A list of the upcoming fairs in California is provided below. Contact the fairgrounds or check out their websites for RV camping information.

Amador County Fair
7/29/2010 to 8/1/2010
Plymouth, CA

Antelope Valley Fair
8/20/2010 to 8/29/2010
Lancaster, CA

Big Fresno Fair
10/6/2010 to 10/17/2010
Fresno, CA

Butte County Fair
8/25/2010 to 8/29/2010
Gridley, CA

California Exposition & State Fair
7/14/2010 to 8/1/2010
Sacramento, CA

California Mid-State Fair
7/21/2010 to 8/1/2010
Paso Robles, CA

Del Norte County Fair
8/5/2010 to 8/8/2010
Crescent City, CA

Desert Empire Fair
10/21/2010 to 10/24/2010
Ridgecrest, CA

Eastern Sierra Tri-County Fair
9/3/2010 to 9/7/2010
Bishop, CA

Gold Country Fair
9/9/2010 to 9/12/2010
Auburn, CA

Grand National Rodeo, Horse & Stock Show
10/20/2010 to 10/24/2010
Daly City, CA

Humboldt County Fair
8/12/2010 to 8/22/2010
Ferndale, CA

Inter-Mountain Fair of Shasta
9/2/2010 to 9/6/2010
McArthur, CA

Kern County Fair
9/22/2010 to 10/3/2010
Bakersfield, CA

Lake County Fair
9/2/2010 to 9/5/2010
Lakeport, CA

Lassen County Fair
7/21/2010 to 7/25/2010
Susanville, CA

Lodi Grape Festival & Harvest
9/16/2010 to 9/19/2010
Lodi, CA

Los Angeles County Fair
9/4/2010 to 10/3/2010
Pomona, CA

Madera District Fair
9/9/2010 to 9/12/2010
Madera, CA

Mariposa County Fair & Homecoming
9/3/2010 to 9/6/2010
Mariposa, CA

Mendocino County Fair & Apple Show
9/17/2010 to 9/19/2010
Boonville, CA

Modoc District Fair
8/19/2010 to 8/22/2010
Cedarville, CA

Monterey County Fair
9/1/2010 to 9/6/2010
Monterey, CA

Napa Town and Country Fair
8/11/2010 to 8/15/2010
Napa, CA

Nevada County Fair
8/11/2010 to 8/15/2010
Grass Valley, CA

Orange County Fair
7/16/2010 to 8/15/2010
Costa Mesa, CA

Plumas-Sierra County Fair
8/11/2010 to 8/15/2010
Quincy, CA

Redwood Empire Fair
8/5/2010 to 8/8/2010
Ukiah, CA

San Benito County Fair
10/1/2010 to 10/3/2010
Tres Pinos, CA

Santa Clara County Fair
8/5/2010 to 8/8/2010
San Jose, CA

Santa Cruz County Fair
9/14/2010 to 9/19/2010
Watsonville, CA

Santa Maria Fair Park
7/14/2010 to 7/18/2010
Santa Maria, CA

Siskiyou Golden Fair
8/11/2010 to 8/15/2010
Yreka, CA

Sonoma County Fair & Exposition
7/27/2010 to 8/8/2010
Santa Rosa, CA

Southern California Fair
10/9/2010 to 10/17/2010
Perris, CA

Stanislaus County Fair
7/16/2010 to 7/25/2010
Turlock, CA

Tehama District Fair
9/23/2010 to 9/26/2010
Red Bluff, CA

Trinity County Fair
8/27/2010 to 8/29/2010
Hayfork, CA

Tulare County Fair
9/15/2010 to 9/19/2010
Tulare, CA

Tulelake-Butte Valley Fair
9/9/2010 to 9/12/2010
Tulelake, CA

Ventura County Fair
8/4/2010 to 8/15/2010
Ventura, CA

Yolo County Fair
8/18/2010 to 8/22/2010
Woodland, CA

Yuba-Sutter Fair
7/28/2010 to 8/1/2010
Yuba City, CA


  • Nancy 4 years ago

    Wow - that's a lot of fairs! I love your picture of the ferris wheel - and am actually flirting with the idea of chocolate-covered bacon, though I'm sure ice cream will have, thankfully, a much stronger pull. Thanks for another wonderful article!

  • Lindsay - Cross Country Travel 4 years ago

    Long list and a location for everyone. They may even have parking for my big rig.

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