(SACRAMENTO, CA) - Enthusiastic fairgoers from across the state came out in huge numbers to celebrate the return of the California State Fair & Food Festival. During the 17-day event, 652,873 people came through the gates, increasing attendance by 8.9 percent over the 2019, making this year's event a great success.
“After two years of not having a fair because of the pandemic, our staff worked tirelessly to deliver a quality event for everyone,” said Rick Pickering, Cal Expo General Manager and CEO. “We are thrilled that so many families came out to the fair for such a successful, fun, and safe event.”
Generations of families explored exhibits like the Candy Maze Selfie Station.
“I am filled with joy to share that about 20,000 pounds of candy was purchased by fairgoers at the CA State Fair,” said Andrew Kirschenmann from the Candy Maze Selfie Station. “This is the most we have ever done at a single event!”
Fairgoers enjoyed concerts, rides, and food late into the night. Cooler weekends helped draw large crowds with parking lots often completely full.
Milos Corndogs used 10,000 pounds of batter for the corndogs this year alone.
“Our food and ride partners have told us that this year’s fair was by far their most successful ever and we could not be happier for them,” said Pickering.
The fair managed to capture the essence of California with special events and exhibits such as the first-ever California Cannabis Exhibit, Save Mart California’s Kitchen and Wine Garden, Out at the Fair, Made in California Fashion Show, Thoroughbred Racing, and so much more.
The community stages highlighted performers daily from our vibrant and creative community. Amazing and legendary musical acts, including Chaka Khan, TLC, KC & the Sunshine Band, Clay Walker, Chase Rice and Blanco Brown, along with many other leading names in the music industry, played for thousands on the mainstage each night.
“Although we don’t have the dates set yet, we are already planning to ensure the 2023 CA State Fair & Food Festival can achieve newer and greater entertainment heights,” said Pickering.