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Aug

20

Winners of 1st Ever Poultry Knowledge Bowl!

Tuesday, August 20th

Due to the 2019 Virulent Newcastle Disease (VND) outbreak in California, the California Mid-State Fair made the decision to cancel its annual Poultry Show. But that didn’t stop poultry exhibitors from having fun at this year’s Fair! Read More ›

Aug

1

BACK-TO-BACK SELL-OUTS AND CARNIVAL INCREASE HIGHLIGHT THE 2019 CALIFORNIA MID-STATE FAIR!

Thursday, August 1st

Two sold-out concerts featuring Cardi B and Blake Shelton, and an increase in Carnival revenue highlighted a super-fun 2019 California Mid-State Fair. “Let’s Have S’More Fun!”was in full effect with multiple new activities, demonstrations and special events at the 2019 California Mid-State Fair. Read More ›

Jul

26

Inaugural Honoree of the 2019 California Mid-State Fair Country Rodeo

Friday, July 26th

The Board of Directors of the California Mid-State Fair are pleased to announce Jan Davis as the recipient of the inaugural Country Rodeo Honoree. The Wrangler Country Rodeo presented by Hearst will showcase the best of the best during the event’s finals on Saturday, July 27 at 7:00 pm. Read More ›

Jul

22

Industrial Arts Auction Shatters Record - Brings In $153,000!

Monday, July 22nd

The 2019 Industrial Arts Auction was held on Thursday, July 18 during Cattlemen & Farmers Day at the California Mid-State Fair. This year’s auction, with auctioneer Rick Machado, brought in $153,000, shattering the single-day record and topping last year’s $100,825 by over 50%. Read More ›

Jul

5

Mutton Bustin' Returns To the 2019 CMSF!

Friday, July 5th

The California Mid-State Fair will showcase young riders in the return of Mutton Bustin’ in the Chumash Grandstand Arena on Saturday, July 27, at 6:30 pm. Read More ›

Jul

5

Winners Of The 2019 Home Brewing Competition!

Friday, July 5th

The California Mid-State Fair hosted the Home Brewing Competition this past weekend and Central Coast home brewers alike were represented by entries of all styles. Read More ›

Jul

1

Inaugural Youth Legacy Project & Scholarship Winner Announced!

Monday, July 1st

The California Mid-State Fair and the James W. Brabeck Youth Legacy Fund, a fund of The Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County, are pleased to announce the inaugural Youth Legacy Project & Scholarship winner, Isaac Lopez from Shandon. Read More ›

Jun

25

Winners Of The 2019 Central Coast Vinegar Competition!

Tuesday, June 25th

The 2019 Central Coast Vinegar Competition (CCVC) is proud to announce the award-winning vinegars from its 6th-annual blind-tasting event, held June 20 at the California Mid-State Fair. Read More ›

Jun

25

Winners Of The 2019 CA Craft Spirits Competition!

Tuesday, June 25th

he California Craft Spirits Competition (CCSC) is proud to announce the award-winning craft spirits from its fourth-annual blind-tasting event, held June 18 at the California Mid-State Fair. Read More ›

Jun

24

Winners of the 2019 Central Coast Wine Competition!

Monday, June 24th

The California Mid-State Fair is pleased to announce the winners of the 17th annual Central Coast Wine Competition (CCWC) presented by The Tribune. The blind-tasting event, held June 19-20 at the Paso Robles Event Center, is the largest wine competition on California’s Central Coast, which encompasses ten counties stretching from Alameda to Ventura. The complete list of winners is available here. Read More ›

Jun

20

National Anthem Singers Wanted!

Thursday, June 20th

The California Mid-State Fair is pleased to announce that applications are being accepted for National Anthem singers. Each year the California Mid-State Fair offers local singers the opportunity to sing the National Anthem prior to the start of Chumash Grandstand Arena shows. Read More ›

Jun

19

The Fabulous Thunderbirds Set To Perform At 2019 California Mid-State Fair!

Wednesday, June 19th

The California Mid-State Fair is pleased to announce that The Fabulous Thunderbirds will be performing at the 2019 Fair on Saturday, July 20, with performances at 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm. The Fabulous Thunderbirds’ concerts will take place on the Frontier Stage and will be included with paid Fair admission. Read More ›

Jun

19

Tiranos Del Norte Set To Perform At 2019 California Mid-State Fair!

Wednesday, June 19th

The California Mid-State Fair is pleased to announce that Tiranos Del Norte will be performing at the 2019 Fair on Sunday, July 21, with performances at 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm. Tiranos Del Norte’s concerts will take place on the Frontier Stage and will be included with paid Fair admission. Read More ›

Jun

19

Mason Ramsey Set To Perform At 2019 California Mid-State Fair!

Wednesday, June 19th

The California Mid-State Fair is pleased to announce that Mason Ramsey will be performing at the 2019 Fair on Tuesday, July 23, with performances at 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm. Mason Ramsey’s concerts will take place on the Frontier Stage and will be included with paid Fair admission. Read More ›

Jun

19

Thompson Square Set To Perform At 2019 California Mid-State Fair!

Wednesday, June 19th

The California Mid-State Fair is pleased to announce that Thompson Square will be performing at the 2019 Fair on Thursday, July 25, with performances at 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm. Thompson Square’s concerts will take place on the Frontier Stage and will be included with paid Fair admission. Read More ›

Jun

19

Elton The Early Years Set To Perform At 2019 California Mid-State Fair!

Wednesday, June 19th

The California Mid-State Fair is pleased to announce that Elton The Early Years will be performing at the 2019 Fair on Friday, July 26, with performances at 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm. Elton The Early Years’ concerts will take place on the Frontier Stage and will be included with paid Fair admission. Read More ›

Jun

19

The Wild Feathers Set To Perform At 2019 California Mid-State Fair!

Wednesday, June 19th

The California Mid-State Fair is pleased to announce that The Wild Feathers will be performing at the 2019 Fair on Saturday, July 27, with performances at 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm. The Wild Feathers’ concerts will take place on the Frontier Stage and will be included with paid Fair admission. Read More ›

Jun

18

Smokey Robinson Set To Perform at 2019 Fair!

Tuesday, June 18th

The California Mid-State Fair is pleased to announce an “Evening of Music & Wine featuring Smokey Robinson”. An opening act will be announced at a later date. The concert will take place on Friday, July 26, 2019, at 7:30 pm in the Main Grandstand Arena. Ticket prices for the show are $26, $41, $91 or $608 for a table of eight. If you are interested in securing a table of eight, please call the Fair Box Office at 805-239-0655 for details. Read More ›

Jun

17

FREE Carnival Rides On Opening Day!

Monday, June 17th

For the first time in the history of the California Mid-State Fair, all carnival rides on Opening Day of the 2019 Fair will be FREE! The California Mid-State Fair is teaming up with Helm & Sons Amusements to offer FREE carnival rides to all patrons on Wednesday, July 17, 2019. Just pay normal Fair admission and that’s it: no need for wristbands, coupons or tickets on Opening Day! Read More ›

Jun

7

Wrangler Country Rodeo Finals presented by Hearst

Friday, June 7th

The California Mid-State Fair has dramatically increased the cash awards that will be given out to winners of the 2019 Wrangler Country Rodeo Finals presented by Hearst. Read More ›

Jun

7

Monster Trucks Return to the 2019 Mid-State Fair!

Friday, June 7th

The California Mid-State Fair is pleased to announce “Monster Trucks with Bikes & Bulls”, slated for Sunday, July 28, 2019. The action-packed event will take place in the Chumash Main Grandstand Arena starting at 7:00 pm. Read More ›

Jun

5

Still Exhibits Deadline Approaching!

Wednesday, June 5th

The deadline to enter most Still Exhibits for the 2019 California Mid-State Fair is Tuesday, June 11! Read More ›

Jun

4

Deadline Approaching For CMSF Jr. Fair Board!

Tuesday, June 4th

The deadline to turn in an application for the 2019 Junior Fair Board is this Friday, June 7! Applications may be picked up at the Paso Robles Event Center Main Administration office or downloaded at www.MidStateFair.com. Read More ›

Jun

3

Fair Looking For Past Miss CMSF Queens!

Monday, June 3rd

The California Mid-State Fair is calling out to all former Miss California Mid-State Fair Queens. This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the annual pageant, and special recognitions are being planned. Read More ›

May

30

Randy Houser Added As Special Guest To Miranda Lambert Concert!

Thursday, May 30th

The California Mid-State Fair is pleased to announce that Randy Houser has been confirmed as the “special guest” for the Miranda Lambert concert on July 17, 2019. Houser will take the Main Grandstand Stage at 7:30 pm and will perform ahead of Lambert. Read More ›

May

28

CMSF Increases Awards for Wrangler Country Rodeo presented by Hearst

Tuesday, May 28th

The California Mid-State Fair has dramatically increased the cash awards that will be given out to winners of the 2019 Wrangler Country Rodeo Finals presented by Hearst. Read More ›

May

21

CMSF Announces Inaugural Youth Legacy Project & Scholarship

Tuesday, May 21st

The California Mid-State Fair and the James W. Brabeck Youth Legacy Fund, a fund of The Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County, announce the inaugural Youth Legacy Project & Scholarship. Read More ›

May

17

Home Winemaking Results!

Friday, May 17th

The California Mid-State Fair hosted the Home Wine Competition this past weekend and Central Coast home winemakers alike were represented by entries of all types of varietals. Read More ›

May

13

Blake Shelton Concert Sells Out At California Mid-State Fair!

Monday, May 13th

Blake Shelton is 2-for-2 at the California Mid-State Fair: after selling out his concert in 2016, the country superstar has done it again! All tickets for the Blake Shelton with special guest Pryor Baird concert set to take place on July 21 have been sold. Read More ›

May

6

Lynyrd Skynyrd With Special Guest Chris Janson To Perform At 2019 California Mid-State Fair!

Monday, May 6th

The California Mid-State Fair is pleased to announce that rock icons Lynyrd Skynyrd has been confirmed to perform in concert on Tuesday, July 23 at 7:30 pm. The concert will take place in the Chumash Grandstand Arena at the Paso Robles Event Center with country star Chris Janson opening the show. Read More ›

May

6

Billy Idol To Perform At 2019 California Mid-State Fair!

Monday, May 6th

The California Mid-State Fair is pleased to announce an “Evening of Rhythm & Brews” featuring a full length concert by rock icon BILLY IDOL. An opening act will be announced at a later date. Read More ›

Apr

30

2-Fer Tuesday Is Back!

Tuesday, April 30th

The California Mid-State Fair is pleased to announce that Season Passes to the 2018 California Mid-State Fair will be again offered through our “2-Fer Tuesday” promotion. The promotion begins next week. Read More ›

Apr

30

2019 Central Coast Olive Oil Competition Results!

Tuesday, April 30th

The Central Coast Olive Oil Competition has released the results from the 2019 competition which featured premier oils produced across California. Rio Bravo Ranch hailing from Bakersfield and Calivirgin/Lodi Olive Oil from Lodi emerged as the producers of the best of show entries. Read More ›

Apr

23

California Mid-State Fair Cancels Poultry Shows

Tuesday, April 23rd

Due to the ongoing concerns regarding the outbreak of Virulent Newcastle Disease (vND) in California, the California Mid-State Fair regrets to announce the cancellation of the Youth Poultry Shows (all fowl species) for 2019. Read More ›

Apr

16

Joe Diffie to be Special Guest for Old Dominion on July 25!

Tuesday, April 16th

The California Mid-State Fair is pleased to announce that country music legend Joe Diffie has been confirmed as the “special guest” for the Old Dominion concert on July 25, 2019. Diffie will take the Main Grandstand Stage at 7:30 pm and will perform ahead of Old Dominion. Tickets for the concert can be purchased at www.MidStateFair.com or by calling 1-800-909-FAIR. Read More ›

Apr

15

Home Brew Competition Is Now Accepting Entries!

Monday, April 15th

The California Mid-State Fair Home Brew Competition is now accepting entries. The competition will take place in June and feature beer, mead, cider and perry made from both San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties. Read More ›

Apr

3

BERLIN with Terri Nunn to perform at 2019 Fair!

Wednesday, April 3rd

The California Mid-State Fair is pleased to announce that Berlin featuring Terri Nunn will be performing at the 2019 Fair on Wednesday, July 24, with performances at 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm. The concerts will take place on the Frontier Stage and will be free with paid Fair admission. Read More ›

Apr

3

Cantinas Night of Faith featuring Danny Gokey!

Wednesday, April 3rd

The California Mid-State Fair is pleased to announce that Cantinas “Night of Faith” featuring DANNY GOKEY is set for Monday, July 22 at 8:00 pm. The Cantinas “Night of Faith” featuring DANNY GOKEY will take place on the Frontier Stage and will be free with paid Fair admission. Read More ›

Apr

3

Luis Coronel set to perform at 2019 Fair!

Wednesday, April 3rd

The California Mid-State Fair is pleased to announce that Luis Coronel will be performing at the 2019 Fair on Sunday, July 21, with performances at 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm. The concerts will take place on the Frontier Stage and will be free with paid Fair admission. Read More ›

Apr

3

The Man In Black to perform at 2019 Fair!

Wednesday, April 3rd

The California Mid-State Fair is pleased to announce that “The Man In Black” will be performing at the 2019 Fair on Friday, July 19, with performances at 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm. The concerts will take place on the Frontier Stage and will be free with paid Fair admission. Read More ›

Apr

3

Home Free to perform at 2019 Fair!

Wednesday, April 3rd

The California Mid-State Fair is pleased to announce that Home Free will be performing at the 2019 Fair on Thursday, July 18, with performances at 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm. Home Free’s concerts will take place on the Frontier Stage and will be free with paid Fair admission. Read More ›

Apr

3

Smash Mouth to perform at 2019 Fair!

Wednesday, April 3rd

The California Mid-State Fair is pleased to announce that Smash Mouth will be performing at the 2019 Fair on Wednesday, July 17, with performances at 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm. Smash Mouth’s concerts will take place on the Frontier Stage and will be included with paid Fair admission. Read More ›

Apr

1

Applications Available for Mission Market Place!

Monday, April 1st

Applications for the 2019 California Mid-State Fair’s Mission Market Place are now available! The Mission Market Place is designed to showcase the Central Coast’s best products and locally made goods. It will give twenty artisans, growers and producers a home to showcase their locally grown or hand-crafted items to over 420,000 fairgoers. Read More ›

Mar

28

Applications Available for Miss CMSF Pageant!

Thursday, March 28th

Applications are now being accepted for the 2019 Miss California Mid-State Fair Scholarship Pageant. Contestants must be between the ages of 17-24 on opening day of the 2019 Fair, be a current resident of San Luis Obispo County, and have never been married. Read More ›

Mar

27

California Craft Spirits Competition Registration Now Open!

Wednesday, March 27th

The California Craft Spirits Competition (CCSC), hosted annually by the California Mid-State Fair, is now accepting entries. Distilleries can register at http://cmsfs.fairmanager.com/default.aspx. Read More ›

Mar

27

Registration Open for the 2019 Central Coast Wine Competition!

Wednesday, March 27th

The Central Coast Wine Competition, hosted annually by the California Mid-State Fair and sponsored by Albertsons/Vons and The Tribune, is now accepting entries. Read More ›

Mar

19

Registration now open for 2019 Still Exhibits Competitions!

Tuesday, March 19th

The Still Exhibit Competition Handbooks are now available online. Still Exhibits include departments like Fine Arts, Flowers, Farm Art, Home Arts, Photography and Produce. Read More ›

Mar

15

Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo and Melissa Etheridge To Perform At 2019 Fair!

Friday, March 15th

The California Mid-State Fair is pleased to announce that rock icons Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo and Melissa Etheridge have been confirmed to perform in concert on Thursday, July 18 at 7:30 pm. The concert will take place in the Chumash Grandstand Arena at the Paso Robles Event Center with Etheridge performing first, followed by Benatar & Giraldo. Read More ›

Feb

15

Cardi B SOLD OUT!

Friday, February 15th

For the fourth consecutive year, a concert part of the Bud Light concert series has sold out at the California Mid-State Fair. Cardi B with special guest X’s & O’s sold out all available inventory this morning. Read More ›

Feb

12

Home Winemaking Competition Registration Now Open!

Tuesday, February 12th

The California Mid-State Fair Home Winemaking Competition is now accepting entries. The competition will take place in May and feature wines made from both San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties. Read More ›

Feb

1

Cardi B To Perform At 2019 Fair!

Friday, February 1st

The California Mid-State Fair is pleased to announce that rap superstar Cardi B has been confirmed to perform in concert on Saturday, July 20 at 7:30 pm. Read More ›

Feb

1

Blake Shelton To Perform At 2019 Fair!

Friday, February 1st

The California Mid-State Fair is pleased to announce that country music superstar Blake Shelton has been confirmed to perform in concert on Sunday, July 21 at 7:30 pm. Read More ›

Feb

1

Miranda Lambert To Perform At 2019 Fair!

Friday, February 1st

The California Mid-State Fair is pleased to announce that country music superstar Miranda Lambert has been confirmed to perform in concert on Wednesday, July 17 at 7:30 pm. Read More ›

Feb

1

Why Don’t We To Perform At 2019 Fair!

Friday, February 1st

The California Mid-State Fair is pleased to announce that superstar boy band Why Don’t We has been confirmed to perform in concert on Monday, July 22 at 7:30 pm. Read More ›

Feb

1

Old Dominion To Perform At 2019 Fair!

Friday, February 1st

The California Mid-State Fair is pleased to announce that country music stars Old Dominion have been confirmed to perform in concert on Thursday, July 25 at 7:30 pm. Read More ›

Feb

1

Zac Brown Band To Perform At 2019 Fair!

Friday, February 1st

Zac Brown Band, the multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning group, today announced dates for their highly anticipated Summer 2019 outing, “The Owl Tour.” Read More ›

Jan

29

Olive Oil Competition Now Open!

Tuesday, January 29th

The Central Coast Olive Oil Competition, hosted annually by the California Mid-State Fair and in partnership with the Lodi Grape Festival, is now accepting entries. The 11th Annual competition will take place in April 2019 and will featuring olive oil from across the state of California. Read More ›

Oct

3

16th Annual Great AGventure

Wednesday, October 3rd

More than 1200 fourth graders from throughout San Luis Obispo County will converge together for a large-scale, interactive day of agricultural learning and fun. This year marks the 16th annual Great AGventure, scheduled for Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at the Paso Robles Events Center in Paso Robles, California. Read More ›

Sep

14

2018 Beef Carcass Class Awards Given

Friday, September 14th

The 2018 Carcass Class Awards Program was held September 6th at the Paso Robles Event Center. Read More ›

Aug

9

Following Discovery of Swine Flu Virus, Mid-State Fair Launches Aggressive Review of Animal Health Protocols

Thursday, August 9th

California Mid-State Fair officials have launched a self-initiated review of all health protocols and procedures related to swine and other species during the popular livestock exhibitions, fair officials announced Wednesday. Read More ›

Aug

8

​2018 STILL EXHIBIT FINAL RESULTS

Wednesday, August 8th

Still Exhibit Entrees were up in multiple departments with tons of theme related flare. Full results can be seen at https://www.midstatefair.com/fair/results.php. Read More ›

Aug

7

​‘SHOWCASE OF CITIES’ A ROARING SUCCESS AT 2018 MID-STATE FAIR! PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD GOES TO OCEANO/NIPOMO

Tuesday, August 7th

The inaugural Showcase of Cities display at the 2018 California Mid-State Fair was a roaring success! And with thousands of fair-goers viewing the displays and casting their votes, the People’s Choice Award for best display went to the combined efforts of Oceano/Nipomo. Read More ›

Aug

6

INAUGURAL HUGH PITTS CAPITAL CAMPAIGN FUNDRAISER RAISES NEARLY A QUARTER-MILLION DOLLARS

Monday, August 6th

Nearly a quarter-million dollars was pledged on Saturday, July 28, 2018 at the inaugural Hugh Pitts Capital Campaign Fundraiser. More than 110 individuals and businesses made pledges – with the largest pledge coming from the James W. Brubeck Youth Legacy Fund – totaling $221,530. Read More ›

Aug

2

TWO SELL-OUTS AND LIVESTOCK AUCTION INCREASE HIGHLIGHT THE 2018 SIZZLING CALIFORNIA MID-STATE FAIR

Thursday, August 2nd

Two sold-out concerts featuring Eric Church and Luke Bryan, plus an increase in the Junior Livestock Auction highlighted a super-fun and super-hot 2018 California Mid-State Fair. With multiple new activities, demonstrations and special events, the 2018 California Mid-State Fair was enjoyed by young and old alike. Read More ›

Aug

1

2018 Country Rodeo Finals Results

Wednesday, August 1st

Results from the 2018 California Mid-State Fair Country Rodeo Finals Read More ›

Jul

29

Strongest Man & Woman Competition Results

Sunday, July 29th

Results are final at the 2nd Annual Strongest Man and Woman Competition presented by the California Mid-State Fair. Read More ›

Jul

27

SAT & SUN Events

Friday, July 27th

The final weekend of the 2018 California Mid-State Fair will feature two large productions in the Chumash Main Grandstand. The Country Rodeo Finals will take place on Saturday, July 28 and Bikes, Bulls & Pulls will take place on Sunday, July 29. Both events will begin at 7:00 pm. Read More ›

Jul

12

Strongest Man & Woman Competition Returns!

Thursday, July 12th

The California Mid-State Fair is pleased to announce the return of the Strongest Man and Woman Competition taking place Saturday, July 28 starting at 4:00 pm. The event was a major success drawing a huge crowd last year and once again will take place on the Headliner Stage. Read More ›

Jul

12

Home Brew Results

Thursday, July 12th

The California Mid-State Fair hosted the Home Brew Competition. Central Coast home brewers were represented by 93 total entries. Huge thanks to Doc’s Cellar for the great support this year. Read More ›

Jul

9

Mid-State Fair Mondays - JULY 9

Monday, July 9th

The California Mid-State Fair is only 9 days away! Read More ›

Jul

2

Mid-State Fair Mondays - JULY 2

Monday, July 2nd

The California Mid-State Fair is only 16 days away! Here are this week’s important updates. Read More ›

Jun

26

Results Announced

Tuesday, June 26th

Check out the winners of the Central Coast Wine Competition, California Craft Spirits Competition and Central Coast Vinegar Competitions! Read More ›

Jun

25

Mid-State Fair Mondays - JUNE 25

Monday, June 25th

The California Mid-State Fair is only 23 days away! Here are this week’s important updates! Read More ›

Jun

22

Special Guests Morgan Wallen & Jake Rose Confirmed!

Friday, June 22nd

The California Mid-State Fair is pleased to announce that country music artists Morgan Wallen and Jake Rose have been confirmed as special guests at the 2018 Fair. In addition, Pitbull (July 19) and Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias (July 23) will also have special guests to open their shows, although at this time those acts are “to be determined”. Read More ›

Jun

21

Bikes, Bulls & Pulls!

Thursday, June 21st

The California Mid-State Fair is pleased to announce a new event called “Bikes, Bulls & Pulls” which will take place at the 2018 Mid-State Fair on Sunday, July 29, and is being produced by Cotton Rosser and Flying U Rodeo Company. The action-packed event will take place in the Main Grandstand Arena starting at 7:00 pm. Read More ›

Jun

15

Country Rodeo Finals!

Friday, June 15th

The California Mid-State Fair is pleased to announce that the Country Rodeo Finals will take place at the 2018 Mid-State Fair on Saturday, July 28. The exciting night of local rodeo action will take place in the Main Grandstand Arena starting at 7:00 pm. Read More ›

Jun

8

KC & The Sunshine Band To Perform At Fair!

Friday, June 8th

The California Mid-State Fair is pleased to announce the annual “Evening of Music & Wine” featuring KC & The Sunshine Band. The night will feature 8-person table seating, a Golden Circle of premium seats, and the normal grandstand seating. Read More ›

Jun

6

Deadline Approaching For Jr. Fair Board!

Wednesday, June 6th

The deadline to turn in an application for the 2018 Junior Fair Board is this Friday, June 8! Applications may be picked up at the Paso Robles Event Center Main Administration office or downloaded at www.MidStateFair.com. Read More ›

Jun

5

Summer Jobs Available At The California Mid-State Fair!

Tuesday, June 5th

Are you looking for a summer job? The California Mid-State Fair has job openings in Admissions, Event Staff, Maintenance, and other support staff roles. We’re also looking for carpenters, painters, landscapers and additional office staff. Read More ›

Jun

1

Cassadee Pope To Perform At Fair!

Friday, June 1st

The California Mid-State Fair is pleased to announce that Cassadee Pope will be performing at the 2018 Fair on Thursday, July 19, with performances at 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm. Pope’s concerts will take place on the Frontier Stage and will be free with paid Fair admission. Read More ›

Jun

1

Crystal Gayle To Perform At Fair!

Friday, June 1st

The California Mid-State Fair is pleased to announce that Crystal Gayle will be performing at the 2018 Fair on Friday, July 20, with performances at 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm. Gayle’s concerts will take place on the Frontier Stage and will be free with paid Fair admission. Read More ›

Jun

1

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy To Perform At Fair!

Friday, June 1st

The California Mid-State Fair is pleased to announce that Big Bad Voodoo Daddy will be performing at the 2018 Fair on Saturday, July 21, with performances at 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s concerts will take place on the Frontier Stage and will be free with paid Fair admission. Read More ›

May

29

Kris Kristofferson To Perform At Fair!

Tuesday, May 29th

​The California Mid-State Fair is pleased to announce that living legend Kris Kristofferson will be performing at the 2018 Fair on Saturday, July 28, with performances at 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm. Kristofferson’s concerts will take place on the Frontier Stage and will be free with paid Fair admission. Read More ›

May

25

Horse Show Competition Handbooks Available!

Friday, May 25th

The Horse Show Competition Handbook is now available on the official California Mid-State Fair website. Horse Show events include Country Rodeo, Cutting, Reined Cow Horse, Snaffle Bit, Jr. Country Rodeo and back after a couple years off, the Open Horse Show. Read More ›

May

22

Evening of Rhythm & Brews Featuring Dwight Yoakam!

Tuesday, May 22nd

​(PASO ROBLES, CA) - The California Mid-State Fair is pleased to announce the 3rd annual “Evening of Rhythm & Brews” featuring Dwight Yoakam. Opening the show will be King Leg. Read More ›

May

21

Los Lonely Boys Coming to 2018 Fair!

Monday, May 21st

​The California Mid-State Fair is pleased to announce that Los Lonely Boys will be performing at the 2018 Fair on Wednesday, July 18, with performances at 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm. Los Lonely Boys’ concerts will take place on the Frontier Stage and will be free with paid Fair admission. Read More ›

May

21

Saul El Jaguar Coming to 2018 Fair!

Monday, May 21st

The California Mid-State Fair is pleased to announce that Saul El Jaguar will be performing at the 2018 Fair on Sunday, July 29, with performances at 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm. Saul El Jaguar’s concerts will take place on the Frontier Stage and will be free with paid Fair admission. Read More ›

May

18

Home Winemaking Competition Results - Templeton Man Takes Best Of Show

Friday, May 18th

The California Mid-State Fair hosted the Home Wine Competition. Central Coast home winemakers were represented by 131 total entries. Huge thanks to Baker Wine & Grape Analysis, ETS Laboratories, Laffort USA and The Vintner’s Vault for the great support this year. Read More ›

May

18

NRCHA To Stay At Paso Robles Event Center!

Friday, May 18th

The Paso Robles Event center is pleased to announce a three-year partnership with the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA). The Paso Robles Event Center will be the home of the NRCHA Derby 2018 through 2020 during the month of June. Read More ›

Apr

26

BOGO Season Passes Available!

Thursday, April 26th

​The California Mid-State Fair is pleased to announce that Season Passes to the 2018 California Mid-State Fair will be again offered through our “2-Fer Tuesday” promotion. Read More ›

Apr

25

2018 CC Olive Oil Competition Results

Wednesday, April 25th

The Central Coast Olive Oil Competition has released the results of the 2018 competition. With over 130 olive oils entered from across California, Rio Bravo Ranch hailing from Bakersfield and Molefina from right here in Creston emerged as the producers of the best of show entries. Read More ›

Apr

24

Devin Dawson Coming to 2018 Fair!

Tuesday, April 24th

​The California Mid-State Fair is pleased to announce that Devin Dawson will be performing at the 2018 Fair on Wednesday, July 25, with performances at 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm. Dawson’s concerts will take place on the Frontier Stage and will be free with paid Fair admission. Read More ›

Apr

24

for KING & COUNTRY Coming to 2018 Fair!

Tuesday, April 24th

​The California Mid-State Fair is pleased to announce that Cantinas “Night of Faith” featuring for KING & COUNTRY is set for Monday, July 23 at 8:00 pm. The Cantinas “Night of Faith” featuring for KING & COUNTRY will take place on the Frontier Stage and will be free with paid Fair admission. Read More ›

Apr

24

Los Yonics Coming to 2018 Fair!

Tuesday, April 24th

​The California Mid-State Fair is pleased to announce that Los Yonics will be performing at the 2018 Fair on Sunday, July 22, with performances at 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm. Los Yonics’ concerts will take place on the Frontier Stage and will be free with paid Fair admission. Read More ›

Apr

24

Southern Accents Coming to 2018 Fair!

Tuesday, April 24th

​The California Mid-State Fair is pleased to announce that Southern Accents will be performing at the 2018 Fair on Tuesday, July 24, with performances at 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm. Southern Accents’ concerts will take place on the Frontier Stage and will be free with paid Fair admission. Read More ›

Apr

24

Gary Puckett & The Union Gap Coming to 2018 Fair!

Tuesday, April 24th

​The California Mid-State Fair is pleased to announce that Gary Puckett & The Union Gap will be performing at the 2018 Fair on Friday, July 27, with performances at 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm. Gary Puckett & The Union Gap’s concerts will take place on the Frontier Stage and will be free with paid Fair admission. Read More ›

Apr

24

Blood, Sweat & Tears Coming to 2018 Fair!

Tuesday, April 24th

​The California Mid-State Fair is pleased to announce that Blood, Sweat & Tears will be performing at the 2018 Fair on Thursday, July 26, with performances at 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm. Blood, Sweat & Tears’ concerts will take place on the Frontier Stage and will be free with paid Fair admission. Read More ›

Apr

19

Exhibits Handbook Available!

Thursday, April 19th

The Still Exhibits Competition Handbook is now available online. Still Exhibits include departments like Fine Arts, Flowers, Farm Art, Home Arts, Photography and Produce. Read More ›

Apr

19

Inaugural “Showcase Of Cities” Coming To 2018 Fair!

Thursday, April 19th

The California Mid-State Fair is inviting all cities, towns and unincorporated areas of San Luis Obispo County to participate in the inaugural Showcase of Cities at the 2018 California Mid-State Fair. Each community will be showcased in a dynamic and animated display located in the very large showcase windows of the Frontier Pavilion in Frontier Town. Read More ›

Apr

18

Blue Ribbon Award - Randy & Beth Baxley

Wednesday, April 18th

Randy and Beth Baxley were honored with the Western Fairs Association (WFA) Blue Ribbon Award for Service at the California Mid-State Fair annual dinner. The Blue Ribbon Award honors those individuals or groups who have provided outstanding support to the fair industry. Those recognized include volunteers, groups, sponsors and educators. Read More ›

Apr

13

PITBULL To Perform At 2018 Fair!

Friday, April 13th

The California Mid-State Fair is pleased to announce that global superstar Pitbull has been confirmed to perform in concert on Thursday, July 19 at 7:30 pm. Pitbull’s concert will take place in the Chumash Grandstand Arena at the Paso Robles Event Center. He performed once before at the California Mid-State Fair, in 2015. Read More ›

Apr

11

Applications Available for Miss CMSF Scholarship Pageant

Wednesday, April 11th

Applications are now being accepted for the 2018 Miss California Mid-State Fair Scholarship Pageant. Contestants must be between the ages of 17-24 on opening day of the 2018 Fair, be a current resident of San Luis Obispo County, and have never been married. Read More ›

Apr

6

Demi Lovato with Iggy Azalea set for July 22!

Friday, April 6th

The California Mid-State Fair is pleased to announce that global superstar Demi Lovato has been confirmed to perform in concert on Sunday, July 22 at 7:30 pm. Special guest will be multi-platinum rapper Iggy Azalea, who will open the show. Lovato’s concert will take place in the Chumash Grandstand Arena at the Paso Robles Event Center. Read More ›

Apr

3

California Craft Spirits Competition Registration Now Open!

Tuesday, April 3rd

The California Craft Spirits Competition (CCSC), hosted annually by the California Mid-State Fair, is now accepting entries. Distilleries can register at http://cmsfs.fairmanager.com/default.aspx. Read More ›

Mar

28

Local Artisans and Growers Wanted for Mission Market Place!

Wednesday, March 28th

Applications for the 2018 California Mid-State Fair’s Mission Market Place are now available! The Mission Market Place is designed to showcase local products, both fresh and value added. It will give twenty artisans and growers a home to showcase their locally grown, packaged and/or hand-crafted items to over 420,000 fairgoers. Product examples could include things like honey, lip balm, apples, pies and cheese. Read More ›

Mar

27

Central Coast Wine Competition Registration Now Open!

Tuesday, March 27th

The Central Coast Wine Competition, hosted annually by the California Mid-State Fair and sponsored by Albertsons/Vons and The Tribune, is now accepting entries. Read More ›

Mar

19

ZZ TOP to perform at 2018 Fair!

Monday, March 19th

The California Mid-State Fair is pleased to announce that rock legend ZZ TOP has been confirmed to perform in concert on Wednesday, July 25 at 7:30 pm. Special Guest is George Thorogood, who will open the show. Read More ›

Mar

3

Horse Show Postponed

Saturday, March 3rd

The Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Association and The Paso Robles Event Center have decided to postpone the upcoming Coyote Rock Ranch Round Up horse show that was scheduled for March 6-11. This, due to the current news of isolated cases of one or two horses in the Western United States testing positive for the Equine Herpes Virus (EHV). Read More ›

Mar

2

Luke Bryan Concert Sells Out!

Friday, March 2nd

Another concert set for the 2018 California Mid-State Fair has sold out: Luke Bryan with special guest Jon Pardi, set to take place on July 26. All tickets were sold to fans in less than 3 hours. Earlier in the week Eric Church with special guest The Cadillac Three sold out. Read More ›

Feb

26

ERIC CHURCH Concert Will Sell Out!

Monday, February 26th

For the third consecutive year, a concert part of the Bud Light concert series will sell-out at the California Mid-State Fair. Only a handful of tickets for the Eric Church with special guest The Cadillac Three concert set to take place on July 21, 2018 remain available – those seats are located in the limited view and alcohol-free sections. Read More ›

Feb

26

Home Winemaking Competition Registration Now Open

Monday, February 26th

The California Mid-State Fair is now accepting entries for the annual Home Winemaking competition that will be held in May. Registration closes Friday, April 20, 2018. Exhibitors are to enter online at http://cmsfw.fairmanager.com/. Read More ›

Feb

23

Central Coast Olive Oil Competition Is Now Accepting Entries!

Friday, February 23rd

The Central Coast Olive Oil Competition, hosted annually by the California Mid-State Fair and in partnership with the Lodi Grape Festival, is now accepting entries. The tenth annual competition will take place in April 2018 and will feature over 100 olive oils produced in California. Read More ›

Feb

12

Eric Church Tickets On Sale FRI FEB 23 @ 10:00 AM!

Monday, February 12th

Ticket prices for the show are $51, $71, $91 and $131 and will go on sale Friday, February 23, 2018. Tickets will be available starting at 10:00 am online at www.MidStateFair.com or by calling 1-800-909-FAIR (3247), and at 1:00 pm at the California Mid-State Fair box office located at 2198 Riverside Avenue in Paso Robles. Read More ›

Feb

12

Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias Tickets On Sale FRI FEB 23 @ NOON!

Monday, February 12th

Ticket prices for the show are $26, $41, $51 and $71 and will go on sale Friday, February 23, 2018. Tickets will be available starting at NOON online at www.MidStateFair.com or by calling 1-800-909-FAIR (3247), and at 1:00 pm at the California Mid-State Fair box office located at 2198 Riverside Avenue in Paso Robles. Read More ›

Feb

5

Baldwin, Wheeler and Woodruff Reappointed to Board

Monday, February 5th

California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced that David Baldwin, Nancy Wheeler and S. Greer Fuller Woodruff have been reappointed to the 16th District Agricultural Association, California Mid-State Fair Board of Directors. Read More ›

Feb

2

Luke Bryan to perform at Mid-State Fair!

Friday, February 2nd

The California Mid-State Fair is pleased to announce that country music superstar Luke Bryan has been confirmed to perform in concert on Thursday, July 26 at 7:30 pm. Special Guest is Jon Pardi, who will open the show. Read More ›

Feb

2

Eric Church to perform at Mid-State Fair!

Friday, February 2nd

The California Mid-State Fair is pleased to announce that country music superstar Eric Church has been confirmed to perform in concert on Saturday, July 21 at 7:30 pm. Special Guest is The Cadillac Three, who will open the show. Read More ›

Feb

2

Florida Georgia Line to perform at Mid-State Fair!

Friday, February 2nd

The California Mid-State Fair is pleased to announce that global superstars Florida Georgia Line have been confirmed to perform in concert on Wednesday, July 18 at 7:30 pm. Read More ›

Feb

2

Tim McGraw & Faith Hill to perform at Mid-State Fair!

Friday, February 2nd

The California Mid-State Fair is pleased to announce that country music superstars Tim McGraw & Faith Hill have been confirmed to perform in concert on Tuesday, July 24 at 7:30 pm. Read More ›

Feb

2

Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias to perform at Mid-State Fair!

Friday, February 2nd

The California Mid-State Fair is pleased to announce that comedian Gabriel Iglesias will be bringing his “One Show Fits All” World Tour to Paso Robles on Monday, July 23 at 7:30 pm. Read More ›

Jan

17

CMSF Wins Awards at WFA Convention

Wednesday, January 17th

T​he California Mid-State Fair received multiple awards and was honored at the 2018 Western Fairs Association convention held January 3-6 in Anaheim, CA. Read More ›

Jan

4

CMSF Wins Awards at IAFE Convention

Thursday, January 4th

The California Mid-State Fair received multiple Awards of Excellence in the Competitive Exhibits contest at the 127th annual International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE) convention. Read More ›

Dec

11

PASO ROBLES EVENT CENTER CAN BE USED AS EMERGENCY EQUESTRIAN OR LIVESTOCK HOUSING FACILITY

Monday, December 11th

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Nov

21

PREC To Host NJSA 2017 “Western Regional”

Tuesday, November 21st

For the first time in its history, the Paso Robles Event Center is set to host the National Junior Swine Association’s “Western Regional” November 3 through December 3, 2017. Read More ›

Sep

27

2017 Carcass Class Dinner & Awards

Wednesday, September 27th

The 2017 Carcass Class Dinner and Awards were held Thursday, September 7th at the Paso Robles Event Center. All market steers entered into the 2017 Fair were eligible for competition, with carcasses being graded at harvest facilities by USDA graders. To be eligible for carcass awards, all carcasses must have graded USDA Select+ or higher. Read More ›

Sep

21

Sandy Collier Joins Paso Robles Team As Equestrian Ambassador

Thursday, September 21st

The Paso Robles Event Center is pleased to announce that Sandy Collier has been secured as Equestrian Ambassador and Strategic Show Liaison. Collier will be the point person for the Event Center for all equestrian events/shows and work closely with all organizations in maximizing participation, exposure and public attendance. Read More ›

Aug

3

Attendance Up At 2017 Mid-State Fair!

Thursday, August 3rd

Two sold-out concerts featuring Garth Brooks with Trisha Yearwood highlighted a fun and memorable 2017 California Mid-State Fair. With multiple new attractions, including the new 100,000 square-foot Paso Robles Pavilion and a brand-new carnival, the 2017 California Mid-State Fair set many records. Read More ›

Jul

30

GARTH BROOKS DOMINATES PASO ROBLES AND 2017 MID-STATE FAIR

Sunday, July 30th

It may or may not have been a coincidence, but Thursday, July 27 was the hottest day of the 2017 California Mid-State Fair. While temperatures reached a high of 105° in the afternoon, the hottest spot on the Fairgrounds may have been inside the Grandstand Arena, as worldwide superstar Garth Brooks performed in front of not one, but two, sold-out crowds. Read More ›

Jul

26

INFORMATION REGARDING GARTH BROOKS’ SHOWS

Wednesday, July 26th

Information on tickets and transportation to the Fair. Read More ›

Jul

25

ARRIVE EARLY FOR GARTH BROOKS’ SHOWS – NO OPENING ACT

Tuesday, July 25th

The California Mid-State Fair wants to remind those attending either Garth Brooks concert on July 27 (7:30 pm and/or 10:30 pm) to arrive early. Please allow for extra time to park, catch a shuttle, purchase Fair admission tickets and get onto the Fairgrounds. Heavy crowds are expected, so please arrive early. Read More ›

Jul

23

ADDED SHUTTLE BUSES AND “FREE” PARK & RIDE LOCATIONS FOR GARTH BROOKS’ SHOWS

Sunday, July 23rd

The California Mid-State Fair is pleased to announce additional FREE Shuttle Park & Ride locations for the Garth Brooks’ concerts this Thursday, July 27. Hundreds of free Park & Ride spaces are available at these locations: Read More ›

Jul

18

CATCH UBER TO AND FROM THE FAIR

Tuesday, July 18th

The California Mid-State Fair is pleased to announce a new partnership with UBER in 2017. Read More ›

Jul

18

California Mid-State Fair Launches New Website and App

Tuesday, July 18th

“America’s Favorite Fair!” is becoming more user-friendly than ever, with the introduction of a new website and app. The California Mid-State Fair is held annually, runs for 12 days, and hosts some of the biggest names in the music industry Read More ›

Jul

18

NO PARKING ON RIVERSIDE AVENUE

Tuesday, July 18th

The City of Paso Robles will be enforcing a “No Parking” zone on Riverside Avenue in front of the Fairgrounds between 21st and 24th Streets during the 2017 California Mid-State Fair. Read More ›

Jul

18

GET CRAFTY CALIFORNIA MIXOLOGY CONTEST & TASTING

Tuesday, July 18th

Mixologists will combine California Agriculture Products and the growing Craft Spirit Industry in California in a live educational competition taking place Sunday, July 23. The Mixology competition will take place from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm and the Tasting portion of the evening will take place from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Read More ›

Jul

23

Added Shuttle Buses and FREE Park & Ride Locations for Garth Brooks' Shows

Sunday, July 23rd

The California Mid-State Fair is pleased to announce additional FREE Shuttle Park & Ride locations for the Garth Brooks’ concerts this Thursday, July 27. Read More ›

Jul

17

Mutton Bustin' Kids in the Main Grandstand Arena

Monday, July 17th

The California Mid-State Fair will showcase young riders in the return of Mutton Bustin’ in the Chumash Grandstand Arena on Saturday, July 29, at 6:30 pm and Sunday, July 30, at 2:00 pm. Read More ›

Jul

17

Added Buses and Park and Ride Location for Garth Brooks' Shows

Monday, July 17th

In partnership and cooperation with the Paso Robles Police Department, the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office, San Luis Obispo County Office of Emergency Services, Cal Trans, the California Highway Patrol, the City of Paso Robles and Landmark Services*, the California Mid-State Fair has added additional buses and Park & Ride locations for Thursday, July 27, 2017. Read More ›

Jul

17

Public Contests at the Fair

Monday, July 17th

Come One, Come All! and join us at the 2017 California Mid-State Fair where you can participate in our fun and friendly public contests! The daily contests will begin each night at 6:00 pm in the new Rancho Frontier area. For the cupcake challenge, locally grown salsa and apple pie baking, please bring your entry to the Fair’s Administration Office on the specified date at 5:00 pm, at which time you (the participant) will receive complimentary admission. Read More ›

Jul

17

Wine Night Comes to the California Mid-State Fair!

Monday, July 17th

Meet the winemakers and taste the 40 Gold Medal-winning wines from the Central Coast Wine Competition; tickets are still available. Read More ›

Jul

14

Live Performance Art by Spray Paint Artist ARCY

Friday, July 14th

The 2017 California Mid-State Fair is excited to welcome international spray paint artist Ryan “ARCY” Christenson for the full run of this year’s Fair July 19-30, 2017. Read More ›

Jul

14

Skip the Lines at the Carnival!

Friday, July 14th

A new twist is coming to this year’s carnival at the California Mid-State Fair: the WOWXpress wristband is an upgrade to the unlimited ride band, and allows users to skip the lines for just $15 additional dollars! Read More ›

Jul

14

Opening Acts for Main Grandstand Stage: Confirmed

Friday, July 14th

The California Mid-State Fair is pleased to announce that we have officially confirmed all opening acts for the Main Grandstand Stage. The final Bud Light Concert Series looks like this: Read More ›

Jul

14

Fun Zone Amusements

Friday, July 14th

The 2017 California Mid-State Fair has turned up the fun meter for this summer with the Fun Zone featuring free all-day entertainment and wild amusements for the full run of this year’s Fair July 19-30, 2017. Read More ›

Jul

14

New Areas at The Mid-State Fair!

Friday, July 14th

When fair-goers hit the 2017 California Mid-State Fair they’re going to be in for multiple pleasant surprises. Four new areas will make their initial debut, with activities, demonstrations, special events and, of course, lots to eat and drink! Read More ›

Jul

14

Mid-State Fair Offers New Shaded Food Court

Friday, July 14th

New this year, the California Mid-State Fair will offer Fair foodies a brand-new food court featuring returning favorites, new unique tastes and plenty of shaded seating and areas. Read More ›

Jun

30

2017 Central Coast Vinegar Competition Winners

Friday, June 30th

The Central Coast Vinegar Competition (CCVC) is proud to announce the award-winning vinegars from its fourth annual blind-tasting event, held June 21 at the California Mid-State Fair. Read More ›

Jun

30

2017 CA Craft Spirits Competition Unveils Winners

Friday, June 30th

The California Craft Spirits Competition (CCSC) is proud to announce the award-winning craft spirits from its second annual blind-tasting event, held June 22 at the California Mid-State Fair. Read More ›

Jun

30

Winners of Design & Packaging Competition

Friday, June 30th

The Central Coast Wine Competition is proud to announce the winners of the coveted Design & Packaging Competition. Read More ›

Jun

29

Garth Brooks Concert Sells Out In :30 Seconds - AGAIN!

Thursday, June 29th

For the second time in less than a week, a Garth Brooks with special guest Trisha Yearwood concert on July 27, 2017 at the California Mid-State Fair has sold out in :30 seconds. The 10:30 pm concert sold all 14,875 tickets in :30 seconds, just like the original 7:30 pm concert. Read More ›

Jun

28

2017 Central Coast Wine Competition Unveils Winners!

Wednesday, June 28th

The Central Coast Wine Competition (CCWC) is proud to announce the award-winning wines from its 15th annual blind-tasting event, held June 20-21 at the California Mid-State Fair. Read More ›

Jun

26

Garth Brooks Adds Second Show!

Monday, June 26th

Garth Brooks has added a second show to the California Mid-State Fair in Paso Robles. The second show is scheduled for 10:30 PM on July 27th. It wasn't Garth's intention to do a second show but the fans went out of their way to ask. Read More ›

Jun

23

Garth Brooks Concert Sells Out In :30 Seconds!

Friday, June 23rd

The Garth Brooks with special guest Trisha Yearwood concert on July 27, 2017 at the California Mid-State Fair has sold out. The concert sold all 14,875 tickets in less than thirty seconds, making the show the fastest 1-day sell-out of any concert in the history of the California Mid-State Fair. The 1-day sell-out has only happened two previous times in the history of the California Mid-State Fair, last year with Blake Shelton and in 2007 with Aerosmith. Read More ›

Jun

22

California Mid-State Fair To Be Smoke And Vape Free In 2017!

Thursday, June 22nd

Reflecting a concern for public health and children, smoking and vaping will be prohibited both at the California Mid-State Fair and the Paso Robles Event Center as of July 1. Read More ›

Jun

21

Special Ticket Purchasing Procedures For Garth Brooks With Trisha Yearwood Concert At Mid-State Fair!

Wednesday, June 21st

The California Mid-State Fair would like to remind you that Ticketmaster will be the exclusive outlet for purchasing tickets for the Garth Brooks with special guest Trisha Yearwood concert at the California Mid-State Fair on Thursday, July 27, 2017. Read More ›

Jun

20

Summer Jobs Open At The Mid-State Fair!

Tuesday, June 20th

Are you looking for a summer job? The California Mid-State Fair has job openings in Admissions, Event Staff, Maintenance, and other support staff roles. Read More ›

Jun

20

Safety Is The Priority Of The New Carnival

Tuesday, June 20th

The new carnival contractor for the California Mid-State Fair this year is Helm and Sons Amusements from Colton, California. Through an extensive bidding process where they were selected by a committee including members of the Mid-State Fair Board of Directors, Helm and Sons emerged due in part to their commitment to safety at the carnival. Known industry-wide as one of the safest carnivals on the road today, Helm and Sons takes a multi-faceted approach to their overall safety program. Read More ›

Jun

19

Garth Brooks With Special Guest Trisha Yearwood Coming To Mid-State Fair!

Monday, June 19th

"Garth Brooks in Concert" with special guest Trisha Yearwood is going to be at the California Mid-State Fair in Paso Robles. This will be for one show only. The concert will be Thursday, July 27th, 7:30 PM at the Main Grandstand Arena. It will be the first time that Garth Brooks has put on a concert at the California Mid-State Fair. The concert is presented by Amazon Music Unlimited. Tickets will be on sale Friday, June 23rd at 10:00 AM PST sharp. There will be a six-ticket limit per purchase. Tickets can only be purchased at ticketmaster.com/garthbrooks or ticketmaster.com or either Ticketmaster Express 1-866-448-7849 or 1-800-745-3000. Please note there will be no ticket sales at the venue box office or Ticketmaster outlets on June 23rd. Tickets will cost $73.98 plus a $6.00 service charge for a total of $79.98. All seats sold are best available. Read More ›

Jun

13

Value Pricing Coming To 2017 Mid-State Fair Carnival!

Tuesday, June 13th

Value in ride, game and food concessions pricing was a major factor in deciding on a new Carnival provider for the 2017 California Mid State Fair. Helm and Sons Amusements of Colton California was awarded the contract to provide amusement rides, carnival games and food for the next five years after a very comprehensive bidding process. “Helm and Sons Amusements is very committed to providing not only great guest service but they are very conscious of pricing and value. They have committed to maintaining the same daily unlimited ride wristband pricing for this year as in the past.” Commented Michael Bradley, CMSF CEO. Read More ›

Jun

12

Tractor & Truck Pull Set For Final Sunday At Fair!

Monday, June 12th

The California Mid-State Fair is pleased to announce that a spectacular Tractor & Truck Pull will take place at the 2017 Mid-State Fair on Sunday, July 30. The exciting night of professional tractor and truck pulling is being produced by MLM Motorsports and will take place in the Main Grandstand Arena starting at 7:30 pm and feature the brand-new Cal Poly Legacy tractor! Read More ›

Jun

12

Fiesta Del Charro Returns To 2017 Fair!

Monday, June 12th

The California Mid-State Fair is pleased to announce that Fiesta Del Charro will take place on Sunday, July 30. The exciting day of classic Mexican-style rodeo action will take place in the Main Grandstand Arena starting at 2:30 pm. Read More ›

Jun

12

Country Rodeo Finals Set For Final Saturday!

Monday, June 12th

The California Mid-State Fair is pleased to announce that the Country Rodeo Finals will take place at the 2017 Mid-State Fair on Saturday, July 29. The exciting night of local rodeo action will take place in the Main Grandstand Arena starting at 7:00 pm. Read More ›

Jun

12

Cattlemen & Farmers Day 2017

Monday, June 12th

The California Mid-State Fair would like to invite you to celebrate our Cattlemen, Cattlewomen, and Farmers from throughout the state on Thursday, July 20 at the 31st Annual Cattlemen and Farmers Day. Read More ›

Jun

7

Midland To Perform At 2017 Mid-State Fair!

Wednesday, June 7th

The California Mid-State Fair is pleased to announce that Midland has been confirmed to perform on Friday, July 21, 2017 at 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm on the Frontier Stage. Midland’s performances will be free with your paid admission to the Fair. Read More ›

Jun

8

Horse Show and Livestock Show Information

Thursday, June 8th

Books available and deadlines are coming soon! Read More ›

Jun

7

ABBA The Concert – A Tribute To Abba To Perform At Fair!

Wednesday, June 7th

The California Mid-State Fair is pleased to announce that ABBA the Concert – A Tribute to Abba has been confirmed to perform on Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm on the Frontier Stage. ABBA the Concert – A Tribute to ABBA’s performances will be free with your paid admission to the Fair. Read More ›

Jun

7

Mariachi Reyna De Los Angeles To Perform At Fair!

Wednesday, June 7th

The California Mid-State Fair is pleased to announce that Mariachi Reyna De Los Angeles has been confirmed to perform on Sunday, July 30, 2017 at 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm on the Frontier Stage. Mariachi Reyna De Los Angeles’ performances will be free with your paid admission to the Fair. Read More ›

Jun

7

Little Joe Y La Familia To Perform At Fair!

Wednesday, June 7th

The California Mid-State Fair is pleased to announce that Little Joe Y Familia has been confirmed to perform on Sunday, July 23, 2017 at 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm on the Frontier Stage. Little Joe Y Familia’s performances will be free with your paid admission to the Fair. Read More ›

Jun

6

CUB COUNTRY Coming To Mid-State Fair!

Tuesday, June 6th

Helm and Sons Amusements, the new Carnival provider for the 2017 California Mid State Fair, will provide two separate but equally exciting Carnival areas this year. The traditional area of the main carnival for teens and adults and this year, for the first time ever, a new area called “CUB COUNTRY!” This award-winning area will be located right inside the South Gate next to the Frontier Stage. Read More ›

Jun

6

Still Exhibits Deadline Is Coming Up!

Tuesday, June 6th

The Still Exhibits Competition Handbook is available on the official California Mid-State Fair website, and hard-copies of the books are available for pick-up at the California Mid-State Fair offices. Still Exhibits include divisions like Ag Arts, Fine Arts, Flowers, Photography, Produce and Home Arts. Read More ›

Jun

2

Kid Rock To Perform At Mid-State Fair!

Friday, June 2nd

The California Mid-State Fair is pleased to announce that American Bad Ass Kid Rock has been confirmed to perform in concert on Sunday, July 23 at 7:30 pm. Read More ›

May

31

Brooke Eden To Perform At The Mid-State Fair!

Wednesday, May 31st

The California Mid-State Fair is pleased to announce that Brooke Eden has been confirmed to perform on Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm on the Frontier Stage. Brooke Eden’s performances will be free with your paid admission to the Fair. Read More ›

May

30

WOW! Comes To California Mid-State Fair!

Tuesday, May 30th

Helm and Sons Amusements, Inc. of Colton, California has been selected as the new Carnival provider for the California Mid State Fair. Known for innovation, safety and value, Helm and Sons Amusements was selected after an extensive R.F.P. bidding process, by a committee including members of the CMSF Board of Directors. Read More ›

May

22

Central Coast Home Winemaking Competition Announces Winners!

Monday, May 22nd

The California Mid-State Fair hosted the Home Wine Competition where 57 Central Coast home winemakers were represented. The competition was strong and we thank all who entered. The Fair would also like to extend a huge thank you to Baker Wine & Grape Analysis, ETS Laboratories and The Vintner’s Vault for their support this year. Read More ›

May

4

Central Coast Olive Oil Competition Announces Winners!

Thursday, May 4th

PASO ROBLES (CA) – The Central Coast Olive Oil Competition honored Geyserville based Dry Creek Olive Oil Company as the Best of Show in the 2017 competition. Calivirgin Coldani Olive Ranch based in Lodi received Best of Show for the flavored olive oil category and MoonShadow based in Paso Robles took home Best of Show for the organic olive oil category. Results of 105 olive oils entered from across California can be found at www.centralcoastwinecomp.com. Read More ›

May

3

Phil Wickham To Perform At Mid-State Fair!

Wednesday, May 3rd

PASO ROBLES (CA) – The California Mid-State Fair is pleased to announce that Phil Wickham has been confirmed to perform on Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm on the Frontier Stage. Phil Wickham’s performances will be free with your paid admission to the Fair and are part of the Cantinas Night of Faith. Read More ›

May

2

Strongest Man & Woman Competition Coming To 2017 Fair!

Tuesday, May 2nd

PASO ROBLES (CA) – For the first time in its history, the California Mid-State fair is pleased to present the California Mid-State Fair Strongest Man & Woman Competition, which will take place Sunday, July 30 starting at 1:00 pm. Read More ›

Apr

28

"2-Fer Tuesday" Season Passes Available!

Friday, April 28th

PASO ROBLES (CA) – The California Mid-State Fair is pleased to announce that Season Passes to the 2017 California Mid-State Fair will be again offered through our “2-Fer Tuesday” promotion. Read More ›

Apr

27

Mark Borjon Reappointed To Board

Thursday, April 27th

California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced that Mark Borjon has been reappointed to the 16th District Agricultural Association, California Mid-State Fair Board of Directors. Read More ›

Apr

19

Paso Robles Event Center Generates Over $79 Million To Local Economy

Wednesday, April 19th

The Fairs & Exposition branch of the California Department of Food & Agriculture recently released its annual reports detailing the economic impact of California fairs on local economies. Data from 2015 shows that the Paso Robles Event Center, and California Mid-State Fair, generated approximately $79,196,000 in spending activity alone, benefiting the local economy and creating a ripple effect of economic benefits for California. Read More ›

Apr

14

Runaway June To Perform At 2017 Fair!

Friday, April 14th

The California Mid-State Fair is pleased to announce Runaway June has been confirmed to perform two shows on Monday, July 24, 2017, at 6:30 and 8:30 pm on the Frontier Stage. Runaway June’s performances will be free with your paid admission to the Fair. Read More ›

Apr

14

Micky Dolenz To Perform At 2017 Fair!

Friday, April 14th

The California Mid State Fair is pleased to announce Micky Dolenz has been confirmed to perform two shows, on Tuesday, July 25, 2017, at 6:30 and 8:30 pm on the Frontier Stage. Micky Dolenz’s performances will be free with you paid admission to the Fair. Read More ›

Apr

14

Restless Heart to Perform at 2017 Fair!

Friday, April 14th

The California Mid State Fair is pleased to announce Restless Heart has been confirmed to perform two shows, on Friday, July 28, 2017, at 6:30 and 8:30 pm on the Frontier Stage. Restless Heart’s performances will be free with you paid admission to the Fair. Read More ›

Apr

7

CC Wine Competition Now Accepting Entries

Friday, April 7th

Calling all Central Coast winemakers: Entries are now being accepted for the Central Coast Wine Competition (CCWC), which takes place June 21-22 in Paso Robles. Professional winemakers may register under early bird pricing by Friday May 26; the final date to enter at full price is Friday, June 9. To register, please visit cmsfw.fairmanager.com. Read More ›

Mar

31

Hunter Hayes & The Band Perry To Perform At Fair!

Friday, March 31st

The California Mid-State Fair is pleased to announce that five-time GRAMMY nominee Hunter Hayes and GRAMMY Award-winning sibling trio The Band Perry have been confirmed to perform in concert on Tuesday, July 25 at 7:30 pm. The co-headlining concert is part of the annual Bud Light Concert Series and will take place in the Grandstand Arena at the Paso Robles Event Center. Read More ›

Mar

28

Last Call for CC Olive Oil Entries!

Tuesday, March 28th

Calling all California olive oil producers. The deadline to enter the 9th annual Central Coast Olive Oil Competition is approaching on April 6, 2017. The Central Coast Olive Oil Competition, hosted annually by the California Mid-State Fair in partnership with the Lodi Grape Festival, will feature over 100 olive oils produced in California. Read More ›

Mar

27

Matchbox Twenty & Counting Crows To Perform At Fair!

Monday, March 27th

Two of music’s most loved bands and biggest hit makers are joining up for an epic summer tour. Multi- platinum selling bands Matchbox Twenty and Counting Crows have announced “A Brief History of Everything Tour 2017”. The tour will stop in Paso Robles at the California Mid-State Fair on Saturday, July 22 and have a start time of 7:00 pm with special guest Rivers and Rust opening the show. Read More ›

Mar

24

Three Jobs Available For 2017 Mid-State Fair Exhibits Department

Friday, March 24th

The California Mid-State Fair is looking for three enthusiastic individuals wanting to work in the Exhibits Department. Interested parties should send resume to Ricky Brown at ricky@midtsatefair.com. No phone calls please. Read More ›

Mar

22

Junior Fairboard Applications Now Available

Wednesday, March 22nd

Applications are now available for the 2017 Junior Fairboard and may be picked up at the Paso Robles Event Center Main Administration office or downloaded at www.MidStateFair.com. Read More ›

Mar

21

2017 CC Olive Oil Competition Judges Confirmed

Tuesday, March 21st

The Central Coast Olive Oil Competition, hosted annually by the California Mid-State Fair, has confirmed its judges for the 2017 competition. The 9th annual competition will take place in April and will feature over 100 olive oils produced in California. Read More ›

Mar

20

Krista Sabin Appointed To Board

Monday, March 20th

California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced that Krista Sabin has been appointed to the 16th District Agricultural Association, California Mid-State Fair Board of Directors. Read More ›

Mar

17

John Mayer to perform at Fair!

Friday, March 17th

The California Mid-State Fair is pleased to announce that Grammy-winning artist John Mayer will bring his The Search for Everything world tour to the California Mid-State Fair on Monday, July 24 at 7:30 pm. Mayer’s concert is part of the annual Bud Light Concert Series and will take place in the Grandstand Arena at the Paso Robles Event Center. An opening act for the concert has yet to be announced. Read More ›

Mar

15

Chris Darway and Dee Lacey Reappointed To Board

Wednesday, March 15th

California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced that Chris Darway and Dee Lacey have been reappointed to the 16th District Agricultural Association, California Mid-State Fair Board of Directors. Read More ›

Mar

8

CMSF Wins Big With WFA!

Wednesday, March 8th

The California Mid-State Fair placed in numerous award categories at the Western Fairs Association Convention held in Reno January 15-18, 2017. The CMSF had ten winners in the Innovations & Management division and three winners in the Media & Marketing division. Read More ›

Mar

7

Applications Available For Miss CMSF Pageant!

Tuesday, March 7th

Applications are now being accepted for the 2017 Miss California Mid-State Fair Pageant. Contestants must be between the ages of 17-24 on opening day of the 2017 Fair, be a current resident of San Luis Obispo County, and have never been married. Read More ›

Mar

6

Frankie Vallie & The Four Seasons Tickets Go On-Sale THIS Friday!

Monday, March 6th

The California Mid-State Fair is pleased to announce that Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons have been confirmed to perform in concert on Friday, July 28 at 7:00 pm. The show is the Fair’s annual “Evening of Music & Wine” concert, which will take place in the Main Grandstand Arena at the Paso Robles Event Center. Read More ›

Feb

17

The Chainsmokers Coming To The 2017 Fair!

Friday, February 17th

The California Mid-State Fair is pleased to announce that worldwide superstars The Chainsmokers have been confirmed to perform in concert on Friday, July 21 at 7:30 pm. The Chainsmokers concert is part of the annual Bud Light Concert Series and will take place in the Grandstand Arena at the Paso Robles Event Center. An opening act for the concert has yet to be announced. Read More ›

Feb

15

National Swine Show Coming to Paso Robles Event Center

Wednesday, February 15th

The 2017 National Junior Swine Association Western Regional show has been relocated to the Paso Robles Event Center. The show will be held Nov. 30-Dec. 3, 2017. The show will include purebred Duroc, Hampshire, Landrace and Yorkshire barrows and gilts, as well as crossbred barrows and gilts. Read More ›

Feb

14

Strict Equine Biosecurity Protocol

Tuesday, February 14th

Late in 2016, new cases of equine herpes virus (EHV) were discovered at a horse facility in the Los Angeles area, causing the Pasadena Tournament of Roses to cancel its annual horse show, known as Equefest. The Paso Robles Event Center wants to remind all that it practices strict biosecurity protocols in order to minimize the risk of EHV and other equine illnesses. Read More ›

Feb

13

DNA Kits Now Available!

Monday, February 13th

Attention all 4-H and FFA members: DNA kits are now available for pick-up at the California Mid-State Fair Administration Office, located at 2198 Riverside Avenue in Paso Robles. The kits are available for pick-up from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Read More ›

Feb

7

CMSF Board inducts three new members to Hall of Fame

Tuesday, February 7th

The California Mid-State Fair Board of Directors inducted three new members into their Hall of Fame at the Board’s Annual Dinner held Friday, February 3, 2017. Read More ›

Feb

4

Keith Urban to perform at Fair!

Saturday, February 4th

The California Mid-State Fair is pleased to announce that country music superstar Keith Urban has been confirmed to perform in concert on Wednesday, July 26 at 7:30 pm. Special guest is Lauren Alaina, who will open the show. Urban’s “ripCORD WORLD TOUR 2017” concert is part of the annual Bud Light Concert Series and will take place in the Grandstand Arena at the Paso Robles Event Center. Read More ›

Feb

4

Zac Brown Band to perform at Fair!

Saturday, February 4th

The California Mid-State Fair is pleased to announce three-time GRAMMY winners and multi-platinum artists Zac Brown Band has been confirmed to perform in concert on Thursday, July 20 at 7:30 pm. An Evening with Zac Brown Band is part of the annual Bud Light Concert Series and will take place in the Grandstand Arena at the Paso Robles Event Center. Read More ›

Feb

4

Lionel Richie to perform at Fair!

Saturday, February 4th

The California Mid-State Fair is pleased to announce that international superstar Lionel Richie has been confirmed to perform in concert on Wednesday, July 19 at 7:30 pm. A special guest for the show has yet to be announced. Richie’s concert is part of the annual Bud Light Concert Series and will take place in the Grandstand Arena at the Paso Robles Event Center. Read More ›

Feb

4

Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons to perform at Fair!

Saturday, February 4th

The California Mid-State Fair is pleased to announce that Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons have been confirmed to perform in concert on Friday, July 28 at 7:00 pm. The show is the Fair’s annual “Evening of Music & Wine” concert, which will take place in the Main Grandstand Arena at the Paso Robles Event Center. Ticket will go on sale on a date to be determined. Read More ›

Feb

4

Blue Öyster Cult to perform at Fair!

Saturday, February 4th

The California Mid-State Fair is pleased to announce Blue Öyster Cult has been confirmed to perform two shows, on Wednesday, July 19, 2017, at 6:30 and 8:30 pm on the Frontier Stage. Blue Öyster Cult’s performances will be free with your paid admission to the Fair. Read More ›

Feb

4

WAR to perform at Fair!

Saturday, February 4th

The California Mid-State Fair is pleased to announce that WAR has been confirmed to perform two shows, on Wednesday, July 26, 2017, at 6:30 and 8:30 pm on the Frontier Stage. WAR’s performances will be free with your paid admission to the Fair. Read More ›

Feb

4

The Fab Four to perform at Fair!

Saturday, February 4th

The California Mid-State Fair is pleased to announce The Fab Four has been confirmed to perform two shows, on Thursday, July 27, 2017, at 6:30 and 8:30 pm on the Frontier Stage. The Fab Four’s performances will be free with your paid admission to the Fair. Read More ›

Jan

25

2017 Theme Announced!

Wednesday, January 25th

The California Mid-State Fair has chosen a new theme for 2017, featuring the tagline “Come One, Come All!”. The annual theme will be featured throughout the 2017 California Mid-State Fair, appearing in exhibits, demonstrations, printed materials, billboards, as well as being used on the fair’s website and app. Read More ›

Dec

16

CMSF Wins Awards at IAFE Convention

Friday, December 16th

The California Mid-State Fair was the winner of several awards at the 2016 International Association of Fairs and Expositions annual gathering held in Las Vegas November 27-30, 2016. Read More ›

Dec

1

Gift Cards Make Great Stocking Stuffers!

Thursday, December 1st

California Mid-State Fair official Gift Cards make for great stocking stuffers! The official Gift Cards are available in $25.00 increments. Read More ›

Oct

10

Come Meet Blue Clover!

Monday, October 10th

The California Mid-State Fair is pleased to announce that “Blue Clover” has been installed and is ready for viewing in downtown San Luis Obispo! “Blue Clover” is part of CowParade SLO County and is located just in front of the San Luis Obispo Children’s Museum at 1010 Nipomo Street, San Luis Obispo. Read More ›

Sep

13

Governor Brown Appoints Nancy Wheeler-Smith

Tuesday, September 13th

California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced Nancy Wheeler-Smith, 52, of Templeton, has been appointed to the 16th District Agricultural Association, California Mid-State Fair Board of Directors. Read More ›

Sep

12

2016 Carcass Class Dinner & Awards

Monday, September 12th

The 2016 Carcass Class Dinner and Awards were held Thursday, September 1st at the Paso Robles Event Center. All market steers entered into the 2016 fair were eligible for competition, with carcasses being graded at harvest facilities by USDA graders. To be eligible for carcass awards, all carcasses must have graded USDA Select+ or higher. Read More ›

Sep

9

Construction To Begin On New Pavilion At Fair

Friday, September 9th

Construction work on a new multi-use pavilion at the California Mid-State Fair is set to begin later this week. Read More ›

Jun

16

Economic Study

Saturday, June 16th

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