California State Fair just around the corner

The summer’s main event, the California State Fair, recently kicked off in style with its annual gala featuring gourmet food, a live auction, entertainment and awards.

It was also a night for making dreams come true as the Friends of the California State Fair awarded more than $32,000 in scholarships ranging from $250 to $5,000 to a broad range of students who exhibit academic excellence, leadership potential, civic accomplishments and a strong sense of personal commitment to continuing education. Honors were also given to the distinguished leaders in they fields of agriculture, technology and state fair support.

For more than 160 years, the California State Fair has showcased the best of California. The best will be celebrated once again at the California State Fair July 11-27 at Cal Expo, and don’t miss the great live musical performances. All 15 concerts and two nights of auditions are free with fair admission. Each concert will begin at 8 p.m. and seating is available on a first come, first served basis.

The 2014 Golden 1 Stage schedule includes:

Friday, July 11 — John Kay & Steppenwolf
Saturday, July 12 — Macy Gray
Sunday, July 13 — Phil Vassar
Monday, July 14 — Hinder
Tuesday, July 15 — Chance to Audition for America’s game “Wheel of Fortune”
Wednesday, July 16 — Chance to audition for America’s game “Wheel of Fortune”
Thursday, July 17 — The Spinners
Friday, July 18,  Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
Saturday, July 19 — Queen Nation (Queen Tribute)
Sunday, July 20 — America
Monday, July 21 — Bret Michaels
Tuesday, July 22 — Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo
Wednesday, July 23 — Blackjack Billy and Jana Kramer
Thursday, July 24 — MercyMe
Friday, July 25 — The Whispers
Saturday, July 26 — Trick Pony
Sunday, July 27 — Blaze of Glory (Bon Jovi Tribute)

Up front, exclusive VIP Gold Circle seating is available in advance for an additional fee. Gold Circle seating ranges between $14-$22 per seat.Tickets to the Fair start as low as $10 for adults, $6 for children, $8 for seniors and $29.99 for a season pass. Information on tickets and special packages is available at castatefair.org or by calling 916-263-FAIR (3247).

The Friends of the California State Fair is a 501 (c)3 non-profit established to provide scholarships to support California youth and are a vital service organization for California Exposition and State Fair through a robust volunteer program. The Friends of the California State Fair Scholarship Program was created in 1993 to establish a vision of leadership in the community. The gala is a collaborative project between the Friends of the California State Fair and the California State Fair Agricultural Advisory Council.

Special to Village Life


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