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California State Fair 2018

I love the California State Fair!

In the 30 years I have lived in Sacramento – California’s capitol and the home of the California State Fair – I have faithfully attended nearly every year.

California State Fair | Don't Miss A Moment | Midway Rides | Butler Amusements | Sacramento | Images By RJM
Twilight On The Midway On Opening Day

When my sons were pre-teens I would go with a friend who also had two pre-teen sons. We would give the boys some money and tell them when and where to meet us for lunch. They would happily race to the Midway rides while we strolled through the shopping areas on our way to the wine garden!

In later years when I attended with my sweetheart we would purchase an all-day pass to Raging Waters, the adjacent water park. Then when the heat grew too intense we’d spend an hour or so cooling off in the pool and on the water slides before returning to the fair exhibits.

(Fun personal note: On our first date Rich mentioned that he loved going to the State Fair – from gates open to gates close – and I knew I had found the man of my dreams!)

Through the years I have gone to the fair with friends, and I’ve gone to the fair alone. I’m content either way; as long as I get my State Fair fix each year, I’m happy!

California State Fair | Poppy | Sacramento | Images By RJM
Meeting Poppy – 2009
California State Fair | Wine Garden | Sacramento | Images By RJM
Jeri, Kim and Francine Enjoying The Wine Garden in 2013

Making Memories At The California State Fair

This year I was able to attend Opening Day, and I was so excited that I posted a selfie on Facebook with this caption:

Ridiculously excited!
Set-the-alarm-and-get-there-before-the-gates-open excited!!

California State Fair | Don't Miss A Moment | Midway Rides | Livestock | Fine Arts | Agriculture | Images By RJM
Opening Day Excitement!

One of my friends asked “What are you most excited to see?” and my response was:

“That’s a really hard question! I love everything! I love seeing the quilts, the Photography and Fine Arts, the animals, people watching, going to the Farm and seeing the flowers and produce, pretty much everything! And as it gets darker, I’m going to love the midway and all the colorful lights!”

California State Fair | Don't Miss A Moment | Midway Rides | Sacramento | Images By RJM
Bird’s Eye View of the Midway, taken from atop the Giant Wheel!

So here are some of my favorite images from Opening Day 2018 at the California State Fair! I hope they will inspire you to go make some State Fair memories of your own!

California State Fair | Don't Miss A Moment | Midway Rides | Livestock | Fine Arts | Agriculture | Sacramento | Images By RJM
The California State Fair is Accessible For Everyone!
California State Fair | Don't Miss A Moment | Natomas High School | High School Band | Midway Rides | Livestock | Fine Arts | Agriculture | Sacramento | Images By RJM
Natomas High School – Woodwind, Brass & Percussion
California State Fair | Don't Miss A Moment | Fair Food | Food Concession Stands | Midway Rides | Livestock | Fine Arts | Agriculture | Sacramento | Images By RJM
Of Course There Are Colorful Rows of Fair Food Concession Stands – And Deep-Fried Everything!
California State Fair | Don't Miss A Moment | Peope Watching | Dancing | Midway Rides | Livestock | Fine Arts | Agriculture | Sacramento | Images By RJM
Let The Music Free Your Soul – Dance Demonstration
California State Fair | Don't Miss A Moment | Fair Food | People Watching | Midway Rides | Livestock | Fine Arts | Agriculture | Sacramento | Images By RJM
Fair Food and People Watching
California State Fair | Don't Miss A Moment | Fair Food | Cinnamon Rolls | Sacramento | Images By RJM
County Fair Cinnamon Rolls Are A Favorite Treat at the Fair!
California State Fair | Don't Miss A Moment | Floral Display | County Exhibits | Agriculture | Sacramento | Images By RJM
Back To The Floral Future Exhibit And Demonstration
California State Fair | Don't Miss A Moment | County Exhibits | Sacramento | Images By RJM
Old-Fashioned Fun at the California State Fair!
California State Fair | Don't Miss A Moment | Gardening Tower | Agriculture | Sacramento | Images By RJM
Learn About Tower Gardening in The Farm
California State Fair | Don't Miss A Moment | Livestock | Pig | Sacramento | Images By RJM
Pig Showering!
California State Fair | Don't Miss A Moment | Sheep | Livestock | Agriculture | Sacramento | Images By RJM
Herding Sheep To The Judging Area
California State Fair | Don't Miss A Moment | Livestock | Bull | Agriculture | Sacramento | Images By RJM
It Takes A Strong Young Man Pulling And A Brave Young Woman Pushing When A Bull Stubbornly Refuses To Go Forward!
California State Fair | Don't Miss A Moment | Livestock | Goat | Agriculture | Sacramento | Images By RJM
Goat Grooming In The Big Barn
California State Fair | Don't Miss A Moment | Quilts | Crafts | Sacramento | Images By RJM
California Crafts and Quilts Are A Favorite Exhibit
California State Fair | Don't Miss A Moment | Fine Arts | Photography | Sacramento | Images By RJM
Award-Winning Photography In Building 4 Of The Expo Center
California State Fair | Don't Miss A Moment | Education | Olive Oil | Maria Farr | Sacramento | Images By RJM
Olive Oil Class Taught By Maria Farr at the California State Fair
California State Fair | Don't Miss A Moment | Midway Rides | Butler Amusements | Sacramento | Images By RJM
Whirling Over The Midway On The Wave Swinger Ride
California State Fair | Don't Miss A Moment | Midway Rides | Butler Amusements | | Sacramento | Images By RJM
Golden Hour On The Midway
California State Fair | Don't Miss A Moment | Midway Rides | Butler Amusements | Aerial View | Sacramento | Images By RJM
Bright and Colorful Lights Of The Midway As Night Falls
California State Fair | Don't Miss A Moment | Midway Rides | Butler Amusements | Sacramento | Images By RJM
Giant Wheel In Frame And Highlighted As Night Falls On Opening Day at the Caifornia State Fair

(In my next post I’ll be talking about accessibility at the California State Fair.)

All Photos: © 2018 Jeri Murphy Photography (formerly known as Images by RJM)

By Jeri Murphy

Traveler, photographer, wedding officiant, blogger. Mother, friend, explorer ... that's just a little about me!

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