By Dave Bender

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — The 161st California State Fair kicked off in full force on Friday.

With temperatures cooler than average, CBS13’s Dave Bender was enjoying the start of the fair.

Drought Prompts Changes At California State Fair

This year, the pond at Cal Expo is dry and being used for motocross demos. Cal Expo reduced its water usage this spring by 18 percent compared to last year.

Stilts Circus

Natomas Nighthawk Drum Corps
50 Shades of Funk

Dave Samples Krispy Kreme Burger, More Fair Food

The fair runs between July 11 and July 27.

Up Next For Dave: Bacon-Wrapped Jack Daniels Churros

Fair Hours
Monday-Thursday: 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Friday-Sunday: 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

Monday, Wednesday and Thursday: 11 a.m.-Midnight

Kids Park
Monday, Wednesday and Thursday: Opens at 11 a.m.

More information at

Can be purchased online or in person.

General $12 | Senior $10 | Kids 5-12 $8 | Kids 4 and under free


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