But before the fair was known as a motocross haven or a base for barnyard animals, its first merriment began as a Melon Carnival in 1911, sponsored by the Turlock Chamber of Commerce.
Now, more than a 100 years since its derivation, the fair has undergone several changes to include all walks of life by incorporating attractions for just about anyone, no matter what your budget may be.
To get the most out of the fair’s experience, and to save a little cash, the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds are offering tips and tricks to get the most bang for your buck.
Fair Savings Coupon Book: Fairgoers can pick up a free booklet of coupons for food discounts from FoodMAzz locations in Modesto and Turlock as of June 28 and at the Park ‘n’ Ride locations during the Fair.
Friday, July 12
Bring two canned food items to benefit the United Smaritans and receive $2 off one adult admission coupon for this night only. The first 1,000 people will receive gifts from the Modesto Bee.
Opening night is $1 Ride Day. Each rides will be priced at $1 each.
Saturday, July 13 Senior Day: Seniors 65 and older are admitted free and earn a free ride on the carousel. The first 1,000 people will receive gifts from Emanuel Medical Center.
Sunday, July 14 Free ‘til 3 p.m. All guests are not charged admission until 3 p.m.
Doctors Medical Center will also give away a gift for the first 1,000 guests.
Monday, July 15 Taco Bell is offering $3 off one adult ticket in every in every meal at select Taco Bell locations.
Modesto Nuts will be giving away gifts for the first 1,000 guests.
Tuesday, July 16 7UP will present coupons for $4 off one adult admission or $2 off one carnival ride wristband with every 2-liter 7UP bottle.
Wednesday, July 17 The Central Valley Medical Goup will present gifts for the first 1,000 guests.
Thursday, July 18 Kids Night: Kids 12 and under are free
Sutter Health Central Valley Region Night will offer gifts for the first 1,000 guests
Donate two or more toys to The Salvation Army and receive two free carnival ride tickets.
Friday, July 19 Turlock Irrigation District will give gifts to the first 1,000 guests.
Saturday, July 20 Valley First Credit Union will give gifts to the first 1,000 guests.
Sunday, July 21
Free ‘til 3. All guests are admitted free until 3 p.m.
Corona will give gifts to the first 1,000 guests.