SANTA MARIA—This year’s Santa Barbara County Fair is only days away, and there is plenty to look forward to! From diving dogs to wild stage acts—and even a gigantic chicken—this summer’s Fair holds a lot of surprises and plenty of good times. The celebration runs July 13-17 at the Santa Maria Fairpark with the theme “A Fair to Remember.”

New attractions this year will amaze, impress and draw laughter from audiences. The Dock Dogs will make a splash—literally—as they compete in the aquatics competition for the honor of best dive dog. Roberto the Magnificent will perform his wild, high-energy, stage act employing a variety of cirque-style skills as he rides an industrial pogo stick and juggles flaming torches and spinning handsaws.

Audiences with an affinity for music can sit on the lawn (or get up and dance) while listening to bands like Mister Wonderful, and Crawdaddio, which provide songs to meet every musical taste.

Kids and adults alike will be delighted by the stunt duo of Something Ridiculous, who will stroll the grounds performing for audiences by juggling anything they can get their hands on.

And for a hands-on experience, kids will love the Wizards Challenge with Enchanted Forest Animals science-based exhibit. And did we mention a giant chicken? Be sure to catch a glimpse of the larger than life Chicken Rider as he strolls through the Fairpark grounds.

General admission during the Fair is $8 for ages 6-11; $10 for ages 12-61; and $8 for ages 62 and older. Kids 5 and younger are always free! Unlimited carnival ride wristbands are $30. Parking is $7.

Destruction Derby is $12 general/$18 box seats. Destruction Derby tickets can only be purchased at the Fairpark Ticket Office.

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About the Santa Maria Fairpark

The Santa Maria Fairpark serves as the hub for major events and community activities on California’s Central Coast. The state-owned facility hosts the annual Santa Maria Valley Strawberry Festival, which attracts more than 60,000 people and is home to its headlining event the Santa Barbara County Fair, which is attended by more than 140,000 people.