Wow what a fair that turned out to be! — Merced County Times

Thousands of Central Valley residents turned out for the Merced County Fair during its five-day run last week.

Guests were able to enjoy a traditional evening at the fair for the first time in two years – after this valley’s long battle with the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 2022 edition of the fair, however, was back and better than ever with more rides, games, food, music and live entertainment.

Final attendance figures and fundraising results from the Junior Cattle Auction were not available before the Times press deadline this week, but stay tuned for more on those details. in the next issue of the journal.

The stars of this year’s Merced County Fair

Those who made it to the back of the fairgrounds were able to gain an even more immersive farming experience thanks to the year-long efforts of local chapters of Future Farmers of America and 4-H organizations. Throughout the year, local students work with animals that are displayed at the fair as part of a county-level competition that gives the public a better understanding of the agricultural industry that supports the area. Additionally, the county fair helps these young farmers obtain funds and offset the costs associated with raising cattle through the eventual auction of their raised animals.

Local art, cultural focus on community fair exhibits

Local artists of all ages and mediums were recognized for their efforts at the Emanuel Medical Center Arts Pavilion during the Merced County Fair. From photography to canvas, ceramics and even toys, the room was filled with hundreds of submitted artworks created by Merced County residents and judged by a fair panel of experts.

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