Find Your Fun at the Mid-State Fair

The California Mid-State Fair is back and better than ever! With more big name musical performances, rides, shows, food and more, the Mid-State Fair in Paso Robles is the place to be from July 20-31.


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Exciting New Rides
Carnival fans will love three new major rides this year. The most exhilarating new feature is the Hot Shot Thrill Ride which will slingshot passengers 240 feet into the air at almost 100 miles per hour! Also new this year are the Tango and Flipper rides; the Tango is a thrill-ride that stands 75 feet tall, has three ‘arms’ that twist, turn and flip riders, and the Flipper is a circular, spinning speed ride that will leave you white knuckling your handlebars.


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Ropin’ Rodeo
New rodeo competitions are coming to town! Fiesta Del Charro, a classic Mexican-style rodeo event, is a fast-paced, authentic Hispanic performance that includes Bull Jumpers, a bull riding competition, trick roping, dancing horses and Escarmusa (Mexican Drill Team). Also new this year is the Extreme Team Rodeo which includes bull fighting, bull poker, the Ring of Fire, Toro Teeter Totter and more. Don’t miss the action as these daring cowboys and cowgirls show you how it’s done to combine tradition with innovation!


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Craft Spirits Competition
With the recent craft spirit trend catching on, it’s only appropriate that the newest competition at the Mid-State Fair is the Craft Spirits Competition. If you haven’t had a chance to sip your way through the Paso Robles Distillery Trail yet, this is your chance to learn more about the process and practice of craft spirits. Two local distilleries even won top-honors for their products: Opolo Distillery won Best of Show for its unaged fruit brandy and KROBAR Distillery won Best of Brown Goods and Best of White Goods for its rye whiskey and barrel-aged gin.

These aren’t the only new additions to look out for; you can also enjoy the new Rummage Race and K-9 Kings Flying Dog Show, and you can even snap a selfie with the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales (sorry, the Budweiser puppy was busy). The Fair starts soon, so check out our Summer Specials page to make your Paso plans.