The California Mid-State Fair in Paso Robles, California offers all the classic American fun of a state fair, and it's got a full list of attractions. Whatever your interests, there's something for you there.
Before running down a few of the attractions at the California Mid-State Fair, let's just start with two words: Fried Dough. Okay, if that wasn't enough right there, then we'll keep going.
The Miss California Mid-State Fair beauty pageant is full of all the California girls the Beach Boys just couldn't stop singing about. They don't insist on everyone being a spectator, though. The competition is tough, but if you feel like you're up to the challenge, they're ready for you to enter, too.
They've got plenty of animals besides the ones you might expect to see at the fair. Inside The Barn there's a reptile exhibition, and the Monterey Aquarium has an exhibit there, too. Spin the wheel and win a prize!
The Equestrian Center has horse shows of all kinds. There's even an open horse show. There are Sheep Dog and Cow Dog trials, too. These are great exhibitions for lovers of working dogs who want to see them in action.
The California Mid-State Fair has a famous apple pie contest. Just bring your finest apple pie creation along and win a blue ribbon! There's a kids talent show, too.
The Mutton-Bustin' contest is always a favorite. Here, kids under sixty pounds try to ride a sheep for a full six seconds. Every kid takes home a temporary tattoo and a participation ribbon!
They've got pig races. Yes, pig races. That's nearly as compelling as fried dough!
There's a classic cattle-drive. Here, you can see what real cowboys do and how they do it. There's a shooting gallery, too. It was designed by the famous Daniel Woods Land to resemble the interior of a classic barn, complete with hayloft, jump-up cans, and egg-laying chickens. (No living chickens were harmed in the creation of this very fun shooting game.)
They've got all kinds of fun at the California Mid-State Fair that haven't even been mentioned yet, so come on over to Paso Robles and enjoy!