SAN MATEO, Calif., April 27, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- What a difference nine decades make. What first blossomed in 1926 as the "Little Flower Show" has matured into one of the most innovative, popular and wildly-anticipated family-friendly and oh-so-fun events on the West Coast: The San Mateo County Fair (www.sanmateocountyfair.com). Over nine days of diverse entertainment, June 11 - 19, tradition meets innovation in a uniquely California experience that matches the enthusiastic diversity of the region.
"The San Mateo County Fair is the absolute best-bang-for-your-buck anywhere," summed up by Chris Carpenter, SVP and General Manager of the San Mateo County Event Center, noting the event's expanded focus on offerings that entertain and educate through its commitment to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math). "Where else can kids experience fun and challenge their brains with their parents, who can also experience fine wine and dining all in one place?"
Now through June 1, Pre-Sale Discounted All-Season-Passes are available online: $22 adult; $18 junior and senior. The purchase of a season pass includes all nine days of the Fair and all concerts, exhibits and attractions.
"This isn't your grandfather's County Fair," said Dana Stoehr, COO of the Fair and a San Mateo resident. "Over the years, generations of families have come to expect a good time at the San Mateo County Fair, and every year we seek to exceed those expectations. Music, must-see entertainment, and cutting edge technology all come together in an only-in-San Mateo experience."
Emphasizing its culinary and mixology offerings this year, Liam Mayclem, internationally recognized "Foodie Chap" of KCBS Radio fame, will kick off the Fair's opening day. Mayclem joins an exciting and still-expanding lineup, including musical main stage performers for which the Fair has become rightly famous: Night Ranger (June 11); Lone Star (June 12); The Boys of Summer - Eagles Tribute Band (June 13); Kansas(June 14); Tower of Power (June 15 & 16); The Spinners (June 17); The Peninsula Symphony (June 18); and, of course, the traditional closing-out-of-the Fair Latin Music focused Día De La Feria (June 19).
"I know it sounds silly, but it's true: There really is something for everyone -- and every age -- at the San Mateo Fair," notes Kaitlyn Bailey-Findley, an enthusiastic new addition to the Fair's management team. Her job: socializing the Fair to a new generation. "We want this to be the most shared Fair ever: online, offline, on the ground and on the airwaves. Use that hashtag: #SMCF2016."
In addition to the previously mentioned Free Concerts, according to Bailey-Findley there will be plenty -- traditional and innovative -- about which to tweet, including but not limited to the following:
Butterfly Adventures, where kids can feed butterflies and Pirate Captain Spareribs, a fun filled pirate adventure.
Fair Food – Alligator on a Stick, Fried Kool Aid, and The Healthy Food Fare – Our Healthy Food Fare initiative is back with healthy choices being provided by many Fair vendors. But don't worry: Your Fair favorites will still be available from barbecue to funnel cake.
Science, Technology, DIY Science Exhibits are back – Young people get hands on experience with innovative new concepts and devices such as 3-D printers. See how much fun a Do-It-Yourself environment can be for kids! In addition, 4-H, Future Farmers of America (FFA), painting, fine art, literary arts, cooking and healthy eating are just part of the fun.
Free Grounds Acts– We're excited to present the debut of the life-size Mouse Trap, first introduced at MakerFaire and a huge hit. The 16-piece, 25 ton replica of the classic board game delivers a unique brand of engineering entertainment to kids of all ages. Combining Newtonian physics, performers and good old fashioned elbow grease, the life-size mouse trap utilizes all the six simple machines made from common materials to navigate eight pound bowling balls around a kinetically-driven course. In addition the Fairgoer will see traditional pony rides, pig races, characters strolling throughout the grounds, and much more. This year, new offerings include hypnotist Kellie Karl-Hypnotist, San Francisco street performers, Chef Landry, the Great American Petting Zoo and AgVenture and the "All Alaskan Racing Pigs. "
Carnival Rides, including The Freak Out, are Back! The Fair introduced this new carnival ride in 2014. It flies passengers 40 feet into the air. The Freak Out joins Fair favorites like the Ferris Wheel, Zillerator, and roller coasters
The San Mateo County Fair -- "Where Tradition Meets Innovation" -- is The Peninsula's premier, community event for family fun and entertainment: June 11 - 19, 2016. Visit www.sanmateocountyfair.com often for regular updates, contest rules, schedules, promotions, and information.