Lettuce Celebrate! San Benito County Fair is in bloom

Entries close Friday, Sept. 8; Chamber Mixer & Pick Up Party Sept. 13; Kick Off Dinner Sept. 23; Horse Show events Sept. 22-24; Fair runs Sept. 28-Oct. 1
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County Fair Call for Entries- Deadline Sept. 8

The heart and soul of any county fair is the participation of the residents of the county. From agriculture, floriculture, and home arts to photography and fine arts, there is a category for your interest or hobby. A blue ribbon, a shiny trophy — these are what motivate our participants to enter the San Benito County Fair year after year. That motivation allows you to see the best our county has to offer.

Whether your interest is in obtaining the perfect recipe for a rich chocolate cake or stopping to smell the sweet fragrance of a single rose, the County Fair is sure to have an exhibit that will tickle your fancy. The fine work done by the residents of the community, especially in quilt making, is a pleasure to see. Don't miss viewing their exhibits. San Benito County has more than its share of talented artists and the display of fine arts is worth experiencing.

Walk-in Entries will be accepted until 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 8 at the Bolado Park Main Office, 9000 Airline Highway, Tres Pinos.  Open weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.. (Entry Office  (831) 628-3421)

Online Entry is NOW available

Poultry, 4-H Still, FFA Still and all Livestock Departments will only accept entries using the ONLINE SYSTEM. Rabbits will not accept entries using the online system.

  • Mailed entries will be accepted if USPS postmarked on or before Sept. 8.
  • Metered mail will not be accepted unless received by Sept. 8.
  • Online entries will be accepted until midnight Friday, Sept. 8. The Entry Office will answer online entry questions until Midnight.
  • Contact the Entry Office with questions at (831) 628-3421 or [email protected]

Check out our entry categories on our website



San Benito County Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours Mixer & Heritage Foundation Pick-Up Party

Bolado Pavilion, Wednesday, Sept. 13 at  5:30-7:30 p.m. Free.

Fair Kick Off Dinner Sept. 23 5 p.m. Social Hour 6 p.m. Dinner & Auction Adults – $25; Youth over 5 – $15; Youth under 5 – free.

Buy your tickets online today!

Fair Horse Show Events Sept. 22 – 24 free

2017 Fair Program:

Daily Entertainment Line Up:

* All Creatures Barnyard Races

* Twinkle Time Children's Show

* Hypnotist Michael Mezmer

* Local Dance, Music & Theater Shows!


Thursday – Sept. 28 4-10 p.m.

Kids Day 12 & Under free all day


Brodie Stewart Band Concert 7:30 p.m. (free with fair admission)

Exhibit Areas close at 8 p.m.

Carnival Runs Noon to 10 p.m.

Friday – Sept. 2910 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Seniors' Day Seniors (62 & Over) $5 Admission All Day

7 p.m. Grandstand Events- separate admission:

Diesel Truck & Tractor Pulls

Metal Mulisha Quad Wars & Freestyle Motocross

Carnival Runs Noon to 10 p.m.

Saturday – Sept. 30 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Military Appreciation Day Free admission with Military I.D. (active duty & veterans)

Junior Livestock Auction – 9 a.m.

(Buyer Check-In at 8 a.m.)

Carnival Runs Noon to 10 p.m.

Quilts of Honor Ceremony – 10 a.m.

6 p.m. Grandstand Events- separate admission: Truck & Tractor Super Pulls- Locals, Super Stock, Country Modified, 

Pro-Mod- 4x4s, PTPA Tractors

Sunday, Oct. 1

10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Community Fiesta Day

Cowboy Church – 11 a.m.

Taste of San Benito – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Charros y Banda – 2 p.m. Grandstand (free with Fair Admission)

Ag/Hort Produce Auction – 4 p.m.

Los Freddy's Concert 4 p.m. (FREE with fair admission)

Carnival Runs Noon to 6 p.m.

Gate Admissions (cash only):

Adults – $10 

Seniors (60 & Over) – $7 

Children (6 – 12) – $5

Children (5 & Under) – Free

Parking – $5

Season Passes:

Adults – $30

Seniors (60 & Over) – $20 Children (ages 6 to 12) – $12

Parking – $15

Discounted fair admission must be purchased prior to the fair in the Fair Office or available at Ace Hardware, Chamber of Commerce, Postal Graphics, Ranchers Feed and Fair Office *Offsite Pre-Sale tickets will only be available until 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 27. Go to the San Benito County Fair website to purchase tickets.

Pre-Sale* Family Fun Pack- $25.00 admits 2 adults, 2 children and parking on one day (a $36.00 value)

Pre-Sale* Carnival Passes- $18 gets you a single-day unlimited-ride wristband good for one person OR a book of 30 ride tickets that can be shared. The pass can be exchanged at the carnival ticket booth on any day of the fair for either the wristband or the ticket book.

For further information:

Check out the fair website.

or Contact the Fair Office (831) 628-3421 Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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Kristina Chavez Wyatt

With more than a decade of community engagement, business advocacy, public relations and government affairs experience, Kristina Chavez Wyatt specializes in building and favorably positioning projects, programs, products and organizations via building coalitions of support through grassroots community engagement. She currently focuses on developing and executing strategic communications programs, building relationships, economic development strategy, business advocacy and navigating processes of government. Kristina formed Farmhouse Communications in 2011 following serving as a senior account executive for prominent national public affairs firm Meridian Pacific, Inc. and a central coast public relations firm Armanasco Public Relations, Inc. where she specialized in community relations, government affairs and media relations with a primary focus on PR, public affairs, land use and environmental policy, hospitality & tourism development, business advocacy, agriculture and grassroots community engagement. Kristina serves as Executive Director of the San Benito County Business Council, as a community engagement consultant in business development, energy, land use, agriculture and public policy sectors. She also serves as a Client Advisor for California Manufacturing Technology Consulting (CMTC). She is active throughout the Central Coast region in Farm Day agricultural education programs, area Chambers of Commerce, Farm Bureaus of San Benito, Monterey and Santa Clara Counties, Rotary Club of Hollister and California Women for Agriculture. She was appointed by Governor Brown in July 2014 to serve as a Trustee of the 33rd Agricultural District/San Benito County Fair. Kristina has been recognized as the 2009 Salinas Jaycees Outstanding Young Citizen, the 2010 Central Coast Young Farmers and Ranchers Member of the Year and 2010 Salinas Valley Chamber of Commerce Member of the Year. Under her leadership, Farmhouse Communications was honored by the San Benito County Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau as 2015 Service Business of the Year. Kristina’s work in community engagement as a member of the project team on the City of Salinas Economic Development Element was lauded in May and July 2015 by the American Planning Association Northern California and California State Chapters with awards of excellence for economic development planning and in April 2016 with an Outstanding Award in planning by the Association of Environmental Professionals. Kristina is a 5th generation Californian, raised in Gilroy. She is a graduate of Gavilan College and the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo College of Agriculture and lives in Hollister with her husband Craig Wyatt who works as an agricultural crop production supervisor, their twin daughters Hailey and Molly and dog Rabbit.