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Big Fresno Fair drive-thru kicks off Friday

The Big Fresno Fair is set to begin Friday in a much different format than in previous years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

With the traditional fair setting cancelled because of the pandemic, the fair is holding a Drive-Thru Eats event from Oct. 9 through Oct. 18, giving fairgoers the opportunity to enjoy the classic fair food in an unusual year. 

Drive-Thru Eats will run from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. 

The popular Country Fair Cinnamon Rolls will be available from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m daily. 

There will be 18 food booths, vendor booths, entertainers and music to go along with the virtual virtual events that the fair is putting on, such as viewing the competitive exhibits. 

Along with the Drive-Thru Eats, the fair has partnered with the Fresno County Department of Public Health and UCSF Fresno to offer free COVID-19 testing and flu vaccinations. 

The fair is offering up to 30 coronavirus tests per hour, which could total a maximum of 1,560 over the 10-day event. Anyone interested in the coronavirus testing or flu shots must pre-register at the fair’s website

The fair provided a list of details for anyone planning to attend: 

  • Event is “cashless preferred;” while cash will be accepted, debit and credit cards are  preferred. 
  • Face coverings will be required for whoever is ordering and/or receiving food.
  • Enter off of Kings Canyon Avenue into the Carnival Lot; attendees will exit onto Butler Avenue.
  • Fast Pass Entry is off of Kings Canyon; watch for signage.
  • Attendees must remain in their vehicles at all times. 
  • Restrooms will be available; face coverings and social distancing will be required.
  • Attendees can park in the “Eat & Go” Area located in the Chance Avenue Parking Lot to park and enjoy their Fair food.
Daniel Gligich is a reporter for The San Joaquin Valley Sun, focusing on Fresno State Athletics and the southern San Joaquin Valley. Email him at daniel.gligich@sjvsun.com.