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Annual Merced County Fair Opens For Five-Day Run

The 2023 Merced County Fair presented by Valley Children’s Healthcare runs from Wednesday June 7 through Sunday, June 11. This marks the Fair’s 131st year of showcasing the best in Merced County for the nearly 70,000 Fairgoers that attend the five-day event each June.

The fairgrounds are at 900 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Merced.

Kids 12 and under get into the Fair for free every day courtesy of Valley Children’s Healthcare.

Ongoing entertainment will include MindWorks! Discovering Science in the Exhibit Building sponsored by Valley Children’s Healthcare. There will also be pony rides, water balls, power jump, a baseball throw zone and soccer kick station, and the Freckles Farms petting zoo, all in the Sunshine Lane family area.

A Farm to City children’s farmers market will be hosted at Tioga Hall on the fairgrounds, and there will also be roving performers throughout the fairgrounds.

This is all in addition to carnival rides and games, fair food, musical entertainment, livestock shows and more.

The Merced County Fair, first founded in 1891, represents the 35th District Agricultural Association. The fair’s mission statement outlines that it “promises to meet the needs of our community by providing a fun, safe venue to celebrate our area’s agricultural heritage, discover new technology and be entertained.” This year marks the 131st year of operation for the Merced County Fair. The Fair annually welcomes nearly 70,000 people from throughout Merced County and beyond to attend the five-day event each June. For more information, visit