Preparations in Full Swing for 76th Annual Riverside County Fair and National Date Festival

Excitement is building as preparations are underway for the 76th annual Riverside County Fair and National Date Festival, set to kick off this weekend. The fair promises a diverse array of attractions, including rides, vendors, curiosities, and delectable food offerings, with highlights such as date tastings and date-infused beer and whiskey.

Notable changes for this year’s festivities include relocating the kid’s carnival closer to the fair entrance on Highway 111, along with an expansion of rides at the main carnival area. Visitors can also anticipate a lineup of thrilling performances throughout the weekend.

Chris Pickering, CEO of Pickering Events, which manages the fair, shared the exciting entertainment lineup, revealing that Smash Mouth, Natasha Bedingfield, Voz de Mando, and Diamond Rio are scheduled to perform on consecutive days starting Friday. Additionally, Wednesday and Thursday will feature exhilarating monster truck shows, adding to the adrenaline-pumping excitement.

The Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival is scheduled to run from Friday, February 17, through Sunday, February 26, with varying hours of operation each day. From thrilling rides to live entertainment and culinary delights, there’s something for everyone to enjoy at this annual event celebrating the region’s rich culture and heritage.

Attendees are encouraged to purchase advance tickets online at to take advantage of significant savings and avoid long entry lines at the Fairgrounds. For more information about the festival, including frequently asked questions and additional details, interested individuals can visit the official website at

As the countdown to the Riverside County Fair and National Date Festival begins, anticipation is high for a memorable and entertaining weekend filled with fun, food, and festivities for the whole family to enjoy.

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