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Time for the fair: New food, ride, app coming to 80th annual San Mateo County Fair
June 06, 2014, 05:00 AM By Angela Swartz Daily Journal

The 80th annual San Mateo County Fair kicks off Saturday.

Veggie burgers, steamed artichoke with lemon slices and grilled tofu bowls don’t sound like typical fair food, but food options at the 80th annual San Mateo County Fair are expanding as a result of a grant, in addition to other changes coming to the fair.

The June 7-15 fair doesn’t only have new food as a result of a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program — Education (SNAP-Ed) grant, it also has a new app on iTunes and Google Play that just launched last week for the more than 130,000 expected attendees.

The app is convenient and has a lot of information, according to fair officials, such as what time the pig races are or what food is available.

The fair, which transitioned from August to June dates in 2010, will include health, nutrition and cooking demonstrations and exhibits showcasing the county’s local farms and agriculture as part of the fair’s SNAP-Ed. Each food concession will have at least one healthy food choice option approved by the San Mateo County Department of Public Health. There will also be culinary contests, home brewing and winemaking and cooking demonstrations. This year marks the first agritourism exhibit at the fair that features local farms, and five vegetables grown in the county and how to cook them.

Don’t worry, the fair will still include its traditional funnel cakes, deep fried treats, ice cream and burgers, along with the daily pig races, Ferris wheels, stiltwalkers, the Cutest Show on Earth — where children can star in a performance — and pony rides.

There’s also the fair’s newest ride, The Freak Out, which brings passengers 40 feet into the air.

There will also be free concerts with fair admission ticket. Air Supply, Brian McKnight, War, Marshall Tucker Band and Evolution — The Ultimate Journey Tribute, Super Diamond — The Neil Diamond Experience, LaserSpectacular featuring the Music of Pink Floyd and All You Need is Love — A Beatles Tribute Concert will perform. There will also be Latin music on June 15 for Dia de la Feria with Grupo Yndio, Los Caminantes, Los Mismos and others.

For kids, the Technology and Do It Yourself exhibits are returning this year, allowing children to get hands on experience with innovative new concepts and devices such as 3-D printers.

Fair tickets or season passes, for all nine days of the fair, include all concerts, exhibits and attractions. Season passes are $25 for adults, and $20 for youth and seniors. For a day pass, it’s $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and youth and free for those under 5. The fair is located at the San Mateo County Event Center, 1346 Saratoga Drive in San Mateo.

For more information visit

(650) 344-5200 ext. 105



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