The speed of race car sprints, students cheering on their teams during High School Madness, and good old-fashioned rock music will be some of the action coming from the fairgrounds during the California Mid-Winter Fair from March 3 to March 12.
The theme of this year’s fair is “Feel the Groove.”
“With 13 different music performances, seven days of racing in the grandstands, hundreds of kids exhibiting their livestock, and of course everyone’s fair food favorites, we think everyone will find a way to get their groove on,” said Board Vice-Chair Cherisse Alford.
All fair concerts will be on the Mechanics Bank Center Stage while the grandstands will be home for viewing the fair’s seven days of racing – the most ever at the local fair. Additionally, there will be a record number of ground acts entertaining fair-goers throughout the 10 days.
There also will be several events throughout the fair on the Plaza Stage including a meet and greet event featuring the Navy’s Blue Angels from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 9.
The fair will open Friday with an appreciation day featuring free admission to all military (active duty, retired, and reservists), veterans, and senior citizens as well as one guest. That evening, a special concert — A Tribute to Elvis — will bring back the ’60s fun of rock ’n’ roll. Before swayin’ to the rhythm and blues, the roar of UTVs racing on a special off-road track will be available that afternoon.
Locally based Capitol ‘64 follows on Saturday, March 4, with bandmates capturing the excitement of musical favorites. Day two of UTV racing follows in the grandstand area, with Stiletto-A Rock Tribute bringing back the music of the ’80s: Journey, Van Halen, Scorpions, and Bon Jovi.
On Sunday, March 5, Dia De La Familia will celebrate the Hispanic roots and heritage of the Valley, featuring Corazon De Mana performing all the greatest hits of the pop-rock band Mana. Before moving to the beat of Latin music, day three of racing presents a Go Kart competition on a special course in front of the grandstands.
High School Madness will follow on Monday, March 6, at the grandstands with special guest Brandon Fear – “Qui-Jay” at Mechanics Bank Center Stage.
High-energy country pop and soulful harmonies provided by Tribute to Luke Bryan will occupy Tuesday, March 7.
A special rock music performance by Elroy takes place Wednesday, March 8, and day four of The Heritage Racing Series brings the Heritage Sport Compacts to the fair’s quarter-mile track.
Embodying classic rock, Miller Time-Tribute to Steve Miller will perform Thursday, March 9. Get ready to get your “Space Cowboy” on!
And get ready for more musical fun with Abba Fab, who will bring the ’70s to the fair at 8:30 p.m. Friday, March 10, with a fusion of disco, funk, and soul to keep the groove on. Before getting down to the beat, fair-goers also have the opportunity to support the Junior Livestock feeder calf auction at 5:30 p.m.
The Southern California Open Comp Non-Wing Sprint Cars, will dominate the race track at 6 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults 18 and older, 17 and under get in free.
Saturday, March 11, will also be a full one. The Junior Livestock Auction will begin at 8:30 a.m. Then, the DooWah Riders will be in town playing lively country music with a Cajun twist at 4:30 p.m. And Saturday features day six of racing with the Southern California Open Comp Non-Wing Sprint Cars Southwest Lightning Sprints again, 5 p.m. at the grandstands; an extra ticket is required. Finally, time travel back with the ultimate tribute to the 1980s with the Fast Times 80s Concert experience at 8:30 p.m.
On closing day, Sunday, March 12, two local music groups will be on tap as well as great racing. Valley Jazz will play at 1 p.m., followed by the Heritage 500 race at 2 p.m. at the grandstands. Pure Majik will close out the fair’s concerts at 7 p.m. back on the Mechanics Bank Center Stage.
Presale fair admission and carnival wristband tickets are on sale online through March 2 at the fair website: ivfairgrounds.com.
Ticket prices after March 2 are Adult (13-59) $10; Child (5-12) and senior (60+) $8, parking $5, and carnival wristbands $45 plus transaction fees. Fair tickets will be available at the gate and ivfairgrounds.com, Carnival tickets will be available at the entrance to the midway and online.