Monterey, CA, July 18, 2018 — Fairgoers will be able to enjoy a whole host of free live entertainment during the Monterey County Fair, set for Aug. 30-Sept. 3, 2018, at the Monterey County Fair & Event Center.
This year’s theme is “Shake Your Tail Feathers,” and fairgoers will be able to do that with rock, funk rock, country, R&B, pop, magic, juggling and hypnosis acts, pig racing, rodeo, and much more, all free with a paid entry to the fair.
In addition to the headlining artists on the Main Stage — chart-topping funk rock group War, on Thursday, August 30, George Strait Tribute on Friday, August 31, Journey Revisited at on Saturday, September 1 — Reno country band Left of Centre will play daily in the Turf Club and electric violinist and singer Razzvio performs at 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. daily on the Island Stage.
Also performing daily on the grounds during the fair will be Stilt Circus, Chicken Man, Godfrey the Magician and Down on the Farm (in the King City Room); All Alaskan Racing Pigs and live wood-carving demonstrations daily in the Oak Tree Ring; Circus Imagination and pony rides in the Children’s Area; juggler Something Ridiculous on the Community Stage; and the Flying U Rodeo and the Flying Cowboyz (separate admission charge) at 6 p.m. August 31 and September 1, and 3 and 6 p.m. September 2, in the Pattee Arena.
Admission to the fair is $10 for adults ages 13-61, $8 in advance, and $8 online, plus $1 fee; seniors 62 and older, $9, $8 advance, and $8 online, plus $1; children $6, $4 advance, $4 online, plus $1 fee; children 5 and under free.
Carnival wristbands are $35, $25 in advance, and $25 online, plus $1 fee. Wristbands are available every day this year and all military and law enforcement receive a $5 discount every day. This is a coupon that can be exchanged for a free popcorn, 2 for 1, free prize and a carnival wristband.
Fun Pack tickets will be sold at Sand City and Salinas Costco stores from July 25- August 29 and include two admission tickets, two carnival coupons, and multiple food coupons for $44.99.
Rodeo Admission is $5 per seat, per performance and on sale on the admit one ticket page. This price is a pre-sale price and good until August 29. After that, tickets are $10 each.
Sunday Rodeo Family Pack includes two adult fair admission, two children fair admission and four rodeo tickets. These packs are only good for one rodeo performance on Sunday. Presale: $35 Gate Pricing: $50
Discount fair and carnival tickets are available at the Fairground’s Administrative Office or at www.MontereyCountyFair.com.
Thursday-Sunday: 12 to 11 p.m.
Monday: 12 to 10 p.m.
Left of Centre
August 30- September 2
Two daily shows in the Hunt Club
Left of Centre is based in Reno, Nevada. They are the official house band at Toby Keith’s (I Love This Bar and Grill in Las Vegas). This band does it all, from Brad Paisley to Bob Marley to Metallica with true conviction. They believe there are only two types of music, good and bad. They have been voted Entertainer of the Year, Musicians of the Year, Best Album and Best Band in multiple states and have shared the stage with Kenny Chesney, Sammy Hagar, Clay Walker, Lee Ann Rimes, Maroon 5, Joan Jett, Ratt, Quiet Riot, Cinderella, Jarrod Nienamm, Lee Brice, Diamond Rio, Tracy Lawrence, Jake Owen, the list goes on and on.
Razzvio is an electric violinist and singer who reinvents familiar pop and rock arrangements from an entirely different angle. Through live looping, she blends powerhouse vocals with her unique violin designed to build songs with the sophistication of a string quartet. Razzvio’s all new brand of interactive electric string pop will make you rethink the electric violin and is a perfect complement to any outdoor event.
Flying U Rodeo & the Flying Cowboyz
Not your Grandfather’s Rodeo. Get the thrills of the most extreme rodeo events at a Flying U Extreme Rodeo. Featuring fan-favorite events such as bull riding and bull fighting with the added flair of new events — bull poker, ring of fire, toro teeter totter and FMX. The contestants are just as wild as the rowdy section of the rodeo crowd and leave fans screaming for more.
August 31 – September 2, 2018
Friday & Saturday at 6 p.m. (Gates open at 5 p.m.)
Sunday at 3 & 6 p.m. (Gates open at 2 & 5 p.m.)
About the Monterey County Fair & Event Center
The Monterey County Fair & Event Center is a premier event center set on 22 oak-studded acres with ample parking. It is a state-owned multi-use facility that features four large banquet rooms, two outdoor concert venues, and a variety of outdoor and indoor cost-effective sites ideal for all types of events. It is home of the annual award-winning Monterey County Fair, host to many major and private events on the Central Coast, and the site of the Monterey Bay Race Place, a Satellite Wagering Facility.
For more information, contact the Fair Administration Office, at 2004 Fairground Road in Monterey, by calling (831) 372-5863 or go to www.montereycountyfair.com for more information.
Marci Bracco Cain
Salinas, CA 93901