Commercial Wines at the Fair

Wine is big business in California. The Commercial Wine Competition at the State Fair, which judges entries to determine the best wines in the state, has been a tradition since the first state fair in 1854. Categories judged at the Fair range from dry white through red table wines to dessert wines, low-and de-alcoholized products, brandies, and flavored wines. Ribbons, awarded in each category, Continue reading Commercial Wines at the Fair

Livestock & Ag Machinery

The California State Fair continues what is now 164 years of tradition in recognizing the state’s farmers, ranchers, and related agricultural machinery. The Open Livestock and Junior Livestock competitions include: beef and longhorn cattle; sheep, swine, goats, dairy cattle and goats, pygmy goats, Nigerian Dwarf goats & Boer goats; llama and alpaca competitions. Awards are given for Continue reading Livestock & Ag Machinery

Plein Air at the Fair

Both amateur and expert painters will bring their easels & paints this weekend, July 21-22, to carry on the tradition of painting “en Plein Aire” – In Open Air, at the California State Fair. Challenge: to capture, on canvas, the iconic images of the Fair. Top three paintings at the end of the weekend will be awarded 1st, 2nd, and 3rd cash prizes.  Speaking of artists…plan to visit the California Author’s Booth, on the ground floor across from the food court  in the Counties Building.

Home Brew Contest

Pioneer Brewer Peter CadelMore than 750,000 visitors are expected to attend the 2018 State Fair, and they’re going to be thirsty!  If beer is the answer, there’s going to be plenty of it. Co-sponsored by the Sacramento Area Brewers Guild, this year amateur brewers are competing in 40 categories, including ales, lagers, wild beer, smoked beer, fruit Continue reading Home Brew Contest