• Jarnard Sutton

The San Diego County Fair returns this Friday


You’re about to discover just “How Sweet It Is” when the 2018 San Diego County Fair kicks off this Friday. Get ready to leave the ordinary world behind the minute you step into this magical candy land that’s overflowing with opportunities to truly savor summer with the excitement of a wide-eyed kid.

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The Del Mar Fairgrounds has transformed into a magical world of tasty treats, flashy entertainment, adorable farm animals, scream-worthy carnival rides, fantastic festivals, goofy competitions and endless opportunities for fun through July 4.

This year’s Fair features the hidden Cocoa Cabana speakeasy, where you’ll find candy-infused cocktails and an oasis that will make you feel like you’ve been transported to the tropics!

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Creative bites are always a star of this show, and whether you’re on the hunt for deep-fried favorites, healthy snacks or unique rainbow-colored unicorn foods that are currently all the rage, there’s more palate-pleasing options than you can imagine. Can’t choose just one? Try our “Taste of the Fair” on Thursdays where you can buy taster portions of delish Fair foods for just $3!

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Let your spirits soar with tastes of sips and suds you’ll find at the Fair’s Toast of the Coast Wine Festival on June 9, The San Diego International Beer Festival June 15-17 and The Distilled Spirit and Cocktail Festival on June 23.

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Music is always the star of the show at the San Diego County Fair. There are 26 nights of entertainment on the Corona Grandstand Stage featuring Sugarland, the Barenaked Ladies, Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias, The Fray, Nancy Wilson of Heart, HANSON and Cheat Codes, just to name a few. Your ears are also in for a sweet treat at the Paddock Concert Series and Solid Gold Concert Series. To explore the full line-ups, go to sdfair.com.

The Fair runs Friday, June 1 through Wednesday, July 4 (The Fair will be closed Mondays and Tuesdays in June). Fair opens up this Friday, June 1st at 4 p.m.

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$19 for adults and $12 for kids ages 6-12 and seniors 62+. Admission is free for kids 5 and under. Del Mar Fairgrounds is located on 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. in Del Mar. For more info, visit sdfair.com

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