The California Mid State Fair in Paso Robles Kicks Off Today!

110731-252by Tina Swithin

The 2012 Mid State Fair, “The Great American Road Trip” kicks off today and I am so excited about this year’s line-up of fun, concerts and funnel cake!  This year, the main grandstand plays host to Eric Church, who kicks off opening night (tonight!) followed by Zac Brown Band, Alabama, The Fresh Beat Band, Big Time Rush, Journey (with Pat Benatar & Loverboy), Brad Paisley (with The Band Perry & Easton Corbin), Joan Jett & The Blackhearts and Earth, Wind & Fire

The California Mid-State Fair’s Chumash Grandstand Arena has over 14,600 seats which 110729-496 is a large venue by most county or state fair standards.  And with this many seats, it is a natural draw for past performers and big-name talents like the Black Eyed Peas, Aerosmith and Carrie Underwood to entertain fans in Paso Robles.  I spoke to Tom Keffury of the California Mid-State Fair who said this, “The Chumash Arena is what really sets the California Mid-State Fair apart from the typical county fair. The California Mid-State has the usual corn dog stands, carnival, pig races and unique vendors that sell anything from shoe polish to sunglasses, but in addition to all that, the California Mid-State Fair has an incredible venue for outdoor concerts, unlike any other county Fair.”  As someone who has been personally attending the Mid State Fair for over 25 years, I couldn't agree more. 

Year after year, I am thoroughly impressed with the line-up on the free stages.  This year fair-goers can look forward to names such as Puddle of Mud, Kenney Wayne Shepherd and Uncle Kracker along with a set of local favorites like the Sugar Daddy Swing Kings, Bangin’ 58’s and Dan Curio of Still Time.  Did I mention that these are all FREE?  

Backstage with Brittany App:New Picture (4)
This year, we are pleased to be working with photographer, Brittany App who will be giving us a sneak peek into the festivities at the California Mid State Fair.  Last night’s photos captured the Miss California Mid-State Fair Pageant which is an annual pre-fair tradition.  Throughout the next eleven days, be sure to keep an eye out for the newly crowned court consisting of the Queen Savannah Hoagland and 1st Runner Up, Megan Rodrigues along with 2nd Runner Up, Alex LambirthNew Picture (6)

Check the Daily Mid-State Fair schedule, throw on your best boots and enjoy the concerts and activities that only the fair can provide.  For a full list of lodging options, please visit the Travel Paso Robles Alliance.  

Tina Swithin is the Marketing Coordinator and Blog Manager for TravelPaso.com where she writes  blog-a-licious articles about Paso Robles.  Follow the Paso Robles Insider to get the inside scoop on all the haps in Paso Robles Wine Country.