The California State Fair continues what is now 163 years of tradition in recognizing the state’s farmers, ranchers, and related agricultural machinery. The Open Livestock and Junior Livestock exhibits include beef cattle, sheep, swine, goats, dairy cattle and goats, longhorn cattle, llamas and alpaca competitions. The Fur & Continue reading Awarding the Best
Founded in May 1854 by an act of the legislature, the State Agricultural Society was effective from inception, and its annual fairs were quite successful—but for a time it had no permanent home. The fairs traveled between San Francisco, Sacramento, San Jose, Stockton and Marysville until 1859, when Sacramento Continue reading The First State Ag Pavilion
The California State Fair has its origins in the dream of one man to encourage and develop the state’s agricultural potential. His name was James Lloyd La Fayette Franklin Warren, a horticulturist and merchant from Massachusetts who came to California in 1849 as a gold rusher. He ran a store at Mormon Continue reading State Fair Origins
Whether sweet or savory, pies have been a most satisfactory culinary repast since mankind invented the oven. In the 19th century, a “side dish” chicken or turkey pie was always included on holiday tables. During the California Gold Rush, enterprising pioneer women baked and sold fruit pies to homesick gold miners. Continue reading Pie Eating Contest!