The Stanislaus County Fair opens today at 5 p.m. for day one of its 10-day run of summer fun.
Approximately 229,000 people made it out to the Stanislaus County Fair last year, and today, crowds will gather again.
In the FoodMaxx Arena hot rod trucks and dragsters will put their vehicles to the test in the “Super Pull.” Vehicles with up to 6,000 horsepower will a weight transfer sled that can weigh as much as a three-bedroom house. The Super Pull begins at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for bleacher seats are $8 and reserved seating is $10.
Wynonna Judd, who has sold more than 30 million records worldwide over her 30-year career, will bring her country stylings to Turlock. Wynonna & the Big Noise will take to the Bud Light Variety Free Stage at 8:30 p.m. The concert is free with Fair admission.
Judd isn’t the only name to hit Stanislaus County Fair stages opening night. Second Tradition and Greg Scudder and the Beer 30 will be hitting the MillerCoors Center Stage at 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., respectively. On the Community Stage, Backstage Dance Academy will perform at 6 p.m., followed by Indian Runner at 8:30 p.m. Modesto Mobile Party and Wedding DJ 9:30PM to 10:00PM.
For those attending the Fair for rides and attractions, the popular Wizard Challenge, a science-based exhibit with a wizard theme for kids, returns this summer.
As for rides, the newest and most exciting ride at the Fair this year is “Freak Out.” Freak Out towers 70 feet high and seats 16 people at a time. Passengers are secured by an over-the-shoulder harness as they dangle in utter anticipation. Once the ride begins, the seats rotate as the entire structure gains power, swinging back and forth and flying through the air almost to the point of reaching a 360 degree rotation, truly earning its "freaky" namesake.
Other new features include the ReCharge Toyota Lounge, a mobile charging station, and the Mommy and Me Lounge, a place for mothers and children to cool off while having a private place to change diapers and nurse.
The first 1,000 guests on Friday get a free gift from the Modesto Bee.
Gates open at 5 p.m. on weekdays, noon on weekends, and the fairgrounds close at midnight during the 10-day run.
Admission for adults is $12, children ages 7 to 12 and seniors 65 years old and up are $5, and children 6 years old and under get in for free!
For more information, visit StanCoFair.com.