Posted by: cvancil | June 15, 2009

Don’t miss the California Mid State Fair!

July 22 – August 2, 2009
Carnival hours:  12pm – 12am
Box office hours:  9am – 9pm

Held every year in Paso Robles, the California Mid State Fair is a fantastic and fun event not to be missed.  Of course, there’s the standard fare of fair food will be available – hot dogs, cotton candy, soda – but what I’m really excited about is the entertainment lineup.  Just to name a few – Carrie Underwood, REO Speedwagon, Journey/Heart, The Blackeyed Peas, Kiss – and that’s just one one stage!  There’s rodeos too, and the most expensive tickets are no more than $75 (some are even free with Fair admission), so this might just be a great opportunity to see one of your favorite bands in concert.  

Looking for discounted admission prices?  Look no further than any Albertsons on the Central Coast:   Adult-$6 (regularly $8) Child-$4 (regularly $5) and Senior(62 and over)-$5 (regularly $6). Deadline for purchase is Midnight, July 21, 2009.  Albertsons also offers discounted carnival ride wristbands for $20 (deadline for purchase is July 31, 2009).  But even if you miss out on the discounted tickets, check out those regular ticket prices!  They can’t be beat!

There are also some fascinating and entertaining competitive exhibits going on at the Fair this year.  There’s the Livestock Competition (to be expected, but I love seeing farm animals up close), an Olive Oil Competition, and the Central Coast Wine Competition.  There’s also a horse show which I would definitely love to see.

Worried about parking?  No worries.  They have shuttles to caravan you to and from the fair at these locations:

WESTSIDE STOPS (shuttles run every 10-15 minutes)

-“One-Stop” @ 24th/Spring

-“Scolari’s @ 22nd/Spring

-“State Farm” @ 20th/Spring

-“Citibank” @ 16th/Spring

-“Bank of America” @ 15th/Spring

-“Sesloc” @ 13th/Spring

-“Paso Robles Inn” @ 10th/Spring

-“Corner” @ 10th/Pine

-“Alliance Square” @ 10th/Riverside

EASTSIDE STOPS (shuttles run every 15-30 minutes)

-“Paso Robles High School” @ City Bus Stop

-“Albertsons Parking Lot” @ City Bus Stop

-“Cuesta College/North County Campus” @ Main Parking Lot

Directions:

From San Francisco or Los Angeles (Highway 101)

-Take the Highway 46 East/24th Street exit and travel approximately 1 block west. The Paso Robles Event Center is located on the corner of 24th Street and Riverside Avenue.

From Bakersfield/Fresno (Highway 46)

-Continue west past the Highway 101/Highway 46 Junction approximately 1 block. The Paso Robles Event Center is located on the corner of 24th Street and Riverside Avenue.

From Cambria (Highway 46)

-Take the Highway 101 exit and go north approximately 2 miles.

-Take the Highway 46 East/24th Street exit and travel approximately 1 block west. The Paso Robles Event Center is located on the corner of 24th Street and Riverside Avenue.

I am going to do what I can to make the journey to the fair this year.  I hope that you’ll take a chance and go have a great time!

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