Tulare Co. Fair moves to drive-thru format

Add in-person events at the Tulare County Fair to the growing list of coronavirus-caused cancellations. 

The Tulare County Fair board of directors voted Tuesday to cancel most in-person events, instead opting to hold the fair in a drive-thru capacity, allowing people to visit exhibits and vendors from their vehicles. 

Before this decision, the Fair had previously cancelled its summer concert series and all grandstand events. 

The drive-thru event will be held from Sep. 18-20 and will cost $5 per person. 

With mass gatherings banned in Tulare County – due to the county being on the state’s coronavirus targeted engagement watch list – the board would not have been allowed to hold the fair in the typical setting. 

Fair CEO Dena Rizzardo told the Visalia Times-Delta that proceeds will cover operating costs, and the fair will host virtual online exhibits for free. 

“We hope to break even,” Rizzardo told the Times-Delta. “This is not your normal fair. We’re not doing this to make millions. We’re doing this strictly as a community service.” 

The fair’s livestock option is still scheduled for September, albeit without a live audience. 

“It’s not something that’s easy to pull off, but we wanted to do something positive for the community,” Rizzardo told the Times-Delta. “People think the fair is just one week in September, but there’s a lot more that goes into it. The fair is all year long.” 

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