The Butte County Fair has been a family fun favorite for over seven decades. It is an inviting environment with tree-lined walking paths and an RV park. Swimming lessons are even offered at the fairgrounds.
The annual county fair takes place each August in Gridley, California. Each year, a contest is held to determine the theme of the fair. People all over Butte County send in submissions. I had the privilege of providing the theme for the 2013 fair- A Bushel of Fun. I won a T-shirt with the theme on it and bunch of tickets to the fair- which I happily shared with others.
The Butte County Fair has all of the typical fair activities- rides, concerts, and livestock. There are also several buildings where local artisans and entrepreneurs sell their wares. It seems that there is something for everyone whether it is handmade crafts and treats, art, or auto supplies and farm equipment.
And of course, there is all of the fair food. Fairgoers can count on the traditional corndogs and funnel cakes along with the latest deep fried fad. Cotton candy in a variety of colors is available as well. There are also more sophisticated options as well.
It is important not to forget all of the entertainment activities that the fair provides. Face painting, caricatures, truck pulls, and many other fun events are held throughout the four-day event. To see the schedule of events for this year’s fair, check out their website or Facebook page. The Butte County Fairgrounds are located at 199 East Hazel Street.