The days are counting down to the opening of the Stanislaus County Fair and with the opening will come 10 days and nights of arena events, entertainment, fair food, amusement rides and games and new and fan-favorite exhibits and attractions.

  “We try to make each Fair better than the year before, having new exhibits and entertainment achieves that,” said Jose Piña, spokesperson for the Stanislaus County Fair.

The fair will open July 8 and will run through to July 17. This year marks the first time the fair has been able to open to full scale since 2019. The fair was canceled in 2020 and operated in a modified fashion in 2021.

The 2022 Fair will feature 10-nights of free celebrity concerts included with Fair admission, a total of three stages of live entertainment, upwards of 30,000 local exhibits and over 1,750 animals.

Many of the fan-favorite acts from previous fair runs will be back this year, Piña said. This includes the Famous Duck Races, Marionette Show the Wizard of OZ, “The Reflector” (mirror man), Cruzin Critters, Suzy Hainer The Hypnotist, Monster Trucks, and Destruction Derby.  

The fair also will be bringing back the Free Till 3 Sundays, Kids Free night, and Senior day.

A new exhibit this year will be the Selfie Museum presented by Vintage Faire Mall. Visitors will have the opportunity to stroll through some stunning backdrops, giving lots of opportunities for photos.

“If you are wondering what the next “it” thing is going to be, don’t worry, we found it,” Piña said.

Along with new exhibits is a one-of-a-kind  Robert Castillo’s  BMX Freestyle Show that will see the team perform wild stunts in the Kids Zone area.

The entertainment line-up kicks off with WAR on July 8 on the  Coors Light Variety Free Stage  at  8:30 p.m.    

“We are excited to welcome this legendary street band to the fair this year,” Piña said. “They have amazing hits that I know our guests are going to love.”

Multi-platinum-selling  WAR, the original street band, has been sharing its timeless music and message of brotherhood and harmony for almost five decades before millions across the globe.    WAR has sold more than 50 million records since its formation to include ten Billboard Top 10 hits. Top 40 hits include the timeless classics “Why Can’t We Be Friends,” “Low Rider,” “The World Is A Ghetto,” “The Cisco Kid,” and many more.  

Smash Mouth, with new front man Zach Goode, will be performing at the fair at 8:30 p.m. July 9. Known for such hits as “All-Star,” Then The Morning Comes,” and “Can’t Get Enough Of You Baby,” Smash Mouth is looking to make 2022 a bigger and better year.

The Stanislaus County Fair will welcome  Karla Perez with The Ultimate “Selena” Tribute at 8:30 p.m. July 10.

Perez has proven time and time again over the past four years why she is widely regarded as the top-rated Selena Tribute Artist in the United States and Mexico.  She began her musical career at a very young age recording jingles for political campaigns, for radio stations, commercials, as well as winning singing competitions, and auditioning for La Academia, Objetivo Fama, and La Voz México reality shows.  She studied music in the Conservatory of Guadalajara and Arizona Western College in Yuma. Aside for being the best Selena Tribute Artist, she has a master’s degree in Bilingual and Multicultural Education.

Double Platinum Hip Hop Star  Sean Kinsgton will perform at 8:30 p.m. July 11. Kingston has amassed an untold amount of experience as a singer and songwriter over the years. On his third-full length album “Back 2 Life,” the 23-year-old builds on that experience by greatly expanding his songwriting role, nixing the multi-producer approach of his last release, and pushing for a fresh new sound. Like his 2007 self-titled debut (featuring the double-platinum breakout hit “Beautiful Girls”) and sophomore album “Tomorrow” (featuring the smash singles “Fire Burning” and “Face Drop”), “Back 2 Life” fuses reggae, hip-hop, R&B, and electro to create melody-soaked pop.

Country artist Gary Allan will perform at 8:30 p.m. July 12. With the allure of a modern-day outlaw, Allan has won over fans, peers and critics with his signature blend of smoldering vocals, rebellious lyrics and raucous live performances. While becoming a force on the country music scene, Allan has remained true to his artistic voice each step of the way.  “Ruthless,” Allan’s first new album in eight years, was released June 2021.   The 13-song album feature songs produced by Mark Wright, Tony Brown, Greg Droman, Jay Joyce, and Allan himself.   Allan re-signed with Universal Music Group Nashville in 2016, the label home for the entirety of his twenty plus year career. His last album,  “Set You Free,” topped the Billboard 200 Pop Chart, a career first for Allan.  

Rock band Sugar Ray will be performing at the fair at 8:30 p.m. on July 13.

  “We are so excited to have Sugar Ray at the fair this year,” Piña said. “These unforgettable songs will have you singing along and dancing to your favorite hits.”

With sales of 10 million records, four top 10 songs, streams in the hundreds of millions, and millions of tickets sold, the band embody the endless summer of popular music and culture.

Legendary hard rockers  Night Ranger  will perform at 8:30 p.m. July 16. Having sold over 17 million albums worldwide, performed across more than 4,000 stages, and captivated a radio audience that exceeds 1 billion, Night Ranger has both epitomized and transcended the arena rock sound and style well beyond that era.    Their popularity is fueled by an impressive number of instantly recognizable hit singles and signature album tracks, including legendary titles such as “Sister Christian”, “Don’t Tell Me You Love Me”, “When You Close Your Eyes”, the anthemic “(You Can Still) Rock In America”, along with “Sentimental Street”, “Goodbye”, and “Sing Me Away.”

The fair will close out the run with a performance by Luis Coronel at 8:30 p.m. on July 17. Coronel is one of the most renowned young exponents of the Mexican regional genre today in both the United States and Mexico. 

While still a teenager he used social networks to make friends, share photos, videos and connect with a group of followers. who would eventually become his fans. His biggest surprise happened when, after posting his own version of the song by Mexican composer Horacio Palencia “Mi Niña Traviesa” on Facebook, the next day he woke up to discover that his publication had received thousands of ‘likes’ on the social network, becoming a ‘viral video.’ 

Since then, he has conquered the Billboard Charts with his music, has become a personality in the most popular television programs in Mexico and the United States, and has had endless tours alongside important figures such as Gerardo Ortiz, Los Recoditos and Banda El Recodo.

All the entertainment concerts are free with fair admission.

In the arena there will be bloodless bull fights, derbies and the rodeo.

Fair admission tickets, unlimited ride wristbands are available online now. Visit the new Fair’s website for ticket information and purchases at  www.stancofair.com.