Staff report

The 127th annual Santa Barbara County Fair will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, July 11-15, at the Santa Maria Fairpark at 937 South Thornburg St.

Admission each day is $12 for adults, $8 for children and seniors. Children 5 and younger are admitted free. Admission to the evening concerts, except for Sunday night, is free with paid admission to the fair.

Wristbands for daily unlimited carnival rides are $35; all rides cost $1 on Dollar Ride Day on Wednesday.

Here is a schedule of the main events. For complete information, visit


Wednesday, July 11 – Carnival Dollar Day

Carnival tickets are $1 per ride. The night’s concert at 7:30 p.m. will feature Smash Mouth.

Thursday, July 12 – Senior Day

Admission for those 62 and older is $1. There is half-price admission before 3 p.m. and the stage entertainment that evening is Trace Adkins.

Friday, July 13 – Agriculture and Cattleman’s Day

Main stage entertainment is Kool & the Gang.

Saturday, July 14 – Military and Law Enforcement Day

Active-duty service members and their immediate family members are admitted free with identification. Destruction Derby starts at 6 p.m., and main stage entertainment is Sheila E.

Sunday, July 15 – Fiesta Day

Fair-goers can enjoy the “Fiesta” themed entertainment, including a concert that features music by top Hispanic group La Buena. Tickets for the concert can be purchased from La Miramar in Santa Maria at 805-349-0186.



Saturday, July 7

8:30 a.m. – Rabbit and Cavy Show, Rabbit Meat Pens judged

9 a.m. – Showmanship

Monday, July 9

8 – 11 a.m. – Market Steers at Beef Barn Scale

8 – 11 a.m. – Sheep and Goats at Frank Marciel Pavilion

8 a.m. – 3 p.m. – Market swine (south barn, north barn) at South Hog Barn Scale

9 a.m. – Turkey Meat Pen Judging

9 a.m. – Chicken Show

5 p.m. – Farm Supply Quiz Jam at Minetti Arena

Tuesday, July 10

8 a.m. – Breeding boar and market goats (4-H/FFA) at Frank Marciel Pavilion

8 a.m. – Swine Showmanship at Auction Barn

9 a.m. – Turkey Showmanship

9 a.m. – Chicken Showmanship

11 a.m. – Breeding sheep (4-H/FFA) and market sheep (4-H/FFA) at Frank Marciel Pavilion

Wednesday, July 11

8 a.m. – Goat Showmanship (4-H/FFA) at Fields Bradley Pavilion

8 a.m. – Breeding Swine, Market Swine at Auction Barn

9 a.m. – Breeding Beef at Fields Bradley Pavilion

10 a.m. – Market Beef at Fields Bradley Pavilion

10 a.m. – Rabbit, Poultry and Cavy Costume Contest followed by Mini Member Costume Contest

5 p.m. – Pee Wee Showmanship followed by Ladies Lead and Sheep/Goat costume at Frank Marciel Pavilion

Thursday, July 12

8 a.m. – Beef Showmanship at Fields Bradley Pavilion

9 a.m. – Dairy Goat Showmanship followed by show at Frank Marciel Pavilion

10 a.m. – noon – Mini Member Showmanship, (Rabbits and Cavy followed by poultry)

1 p.m. – Pygmy Goat Pee Wee Showmanship, 4H/FFA Showmanship, followed by show (4-H, FFA) at Frank Marciel Pavilion

5:30 p.m. – Championship Drive at Auction Barn

Friday, July 13

8 a.m. – Replacement Heifers at Fields Bradley Pavilion

Noon –  Small Stock Auction

2 p.m. – Dog Trials at Budweiser Minetti Arena

5 p.m. – Auction Replacement Heifers at Auction Barn

Saturday, July 14

8 a.m. – Junior Livestock Auction

Sunday, July 15

10 a.m. – Knowledge Bowl – Round Robin – Small Stock Show Ring

10 a.m. – Swine costume at Auction Barn

Noon – Adult showmanship of beef, swine and sheep at Auction Barn

3 p.m. – Large Stock Round Robin at Auction Barn