The big times are no more. This year’s Big Fresno Fair is done, and we’re left to wonder where we’re supposed to eat deep-fried Klondike Bars and hound newscasters for autographs now.
One thing I get a kick out of at the end of each fair, is this by-the-numbers list that’s sent to the media. I thought you all would enjoy seeing everything that happens during the fair — how young and old the bungee jumpers were, how many animals were born and how much junk we collectively ate.
The Big Fresno Fair hired 964 employees for the months of September and October. NOTE: This does not include the local employees hired by our carnival provider, Shamrock Shows or each of the individual food vendors.
After 12 days of working with our media partners, the Fair Communications Team 1,448,582 steps, which is just over 720 miles!
2,000 animals were exhibited at the Fresno Fair
225 animals (meat goats, dairy cows, heifers, chickens, turkeys and rabbits) were put up for auction at the 2010 Jr. Livestock Auction on October 9th.
520 animals (beef, sheep and swine) were put up for auction at the 2010 Jr. Livestock Auction held Saturday, October 16th.
3,400 bales of straw/sawdust were used by the animals in the Livestock Pavilion this year
1,200 bags of feed were used to feed the animals in the Livestock Pavilion this year
100 gallons of soaps were utilized at hand washing stations this year
Livestock employees worked 4,200 hours during the 12 day run of the Fair
Approximately $800,000 was generated from the Livestock auction
1,112 pens and cages were set up
2,000 animals won awards
Crystal Ag Ventureland
61 pregnant sheep were brought to the 2010 Fair.
102 lambs were born on-site.
110 baby chicks were hatched during the 2010 Fair.
13 cows were milked at the Challenge Dairy Cow Palace Milking Demonstrations and 562 gallons of milk were collected.
60 barrels of sawdust were used in Crystal Ag Ventureland
There were 9 baby pigs, 1 baby goat, 102 baby lambs and 110 baby chicks exhibited at the 2010 Fair
The Fair Education Program
This annual program draws students, teachers and parents from Fresno County Elementary School classrooms who take part in educational tours of the Fair. Young participants visit each exhibit building and they are taught about the rich agricultural history of The Big Fresno Fair while using an interactive and educational guide and having fun all at the same time.
25,754 Fresno County parents, teachers and students toured the Fair this year as part of the Fair Education Program. This is the 17th year of the Program.
Home Arts Building
50 woodcarvings were created during the Fair.
There were 139 homemade quilts that were entered for display.
There were 2 food contests: Malto Meal with 11 contestants and Kato with 20 contestants
There was an average of 2 demonstrations per day
In Mary Lee’s Make & Take Craft Center:
7,200 feet of curling ribbon was used
270 glue sticks were used
9,000 construction paper ovals were used
3,500 sheets of sulphite paper were used
10,500 white handled bags were used
1,024 washable markers were used
84 gallons of bubbles were used for the Wizard’s Challenge.
The record hang time in the Hang Time activity was 4 minutes and 10 seconds.
The biggest pumpkin weighed 422 pounds.
Fair Education Program
24,754 parents, teachers and students toured the Fair this year as part of the Fair Education Program.
Wool Warriors Mutton Bustin’
515 kids participated in Wool Warriors during the 2010Fair; there were 48 competitors participated in World Championship Finals.
Each division in the World Championship Finals was awarded $5,000 savings bonds and 45 children received gold medals.
62 sheep were brought in for Wool Warriors Mutton Bustin’.
50 bales of hay were used to feed the sheep for Wool Warriors Mutton Bustin’ at the Fair.
Gem and Mineral Exhibit
1,000 pounds of polished rocks were handed out to children during the 2010 Fair Education Program
$5,000 in scholarships were awarded to Fresno State and Fresno City students in 2010.
10,000 scoops of gelato were served.
4,000 waffle cones were made.
444 World’s Largest Waffle Cones were made.
1,000 lbs of waffle mix were used to make the waffles.
560 gallons of milk were used to make the gelato.
6,500 biodegradable cups were used.
A total of 1,500 pounds of sugar was used to make cotton candy
Hot Dog on a Stick
12,000 pounds of batter was used.
1,000 pounds of regular corn dogs and 600 pounds of jumbo corn dogs were sold and eaten at the Fair.
45 animals were adopted by Fair patrons; there were 14 cats and 31 dogs.
Jack Frost Ice
An estimated 480,000 pounds of ice was used during the Fair.
1,000 pounds of frog legs were sold.
More than 10,000 pounds of chicken (more than 800 pounds a day) was consumed.
2,000 deep-fried Klondike bars were sold.
1,000 White Castle Sliders were made.
More than 4,000 deep fried avocados were made.
12,000 kabobs were sold.
4,000 Zucchini Weenies were made.
Papa Magdaleno’s Coffee Stand
150 pounds of coffee was sold.
100 Pounds of espresso.
Old Tyme Kettle Korn
6,200 pounds of corn kernels were popped.
3,100 pounds of sugar were used.
Too Cool Icee Stands
4,800 straws were used.
400 gallons of syrup were used.
8,100 refillable sports bottles were sold.
Country Fair Cinnamon Rolls
27,000 pounds of flour was used.
8,000 pounds of cinnamon sugar mixture was used.
5,000 pounds of cream cheese was used.
All-Alaskan Pig Races
48 All-Alaskan Pig races were run.
The pigs jumped 192 hurdles at the Fair; each pig jumped 4 hurdles a race and 4 races a day.
West Coast Concessions Fairs, Churros
30 cases of Churros were sold.
25 pounds of sugar and cinnamon were used.
Bimm Ice Cream
2,152 bananas were used for frozen bananas.
60 gallons of chocolate were used10 pounds of sprinkles were used.
220 pounds of crushed nuts were used.
1,200 slices of cheesecake were sold.
Fresno State Rue & Gwen Gibson Farm Market
902 4oz. cups of ice cream were sold.
240 peaches were purchased.
21 bottles of olive oil were purchased.
Save Mart Wine Garden
864 bottles of wine were used throughout the Fair.
252 of those bottles were Fresno State award-winning wine.
720 Wild Vine wine smoothies were purchased.
Play It Safe
1,000 children were ID’d and fingerprinted.
Found Children’s Gingerbread House
25,000 found children cards were handed out during the Fair.
The oldest person to bungee jump during the Fair was 90 years old.
The youngest person to bungee jump during the Fair was 5 years old.
2,200 pounds of flour were used for beer rock dough.
2,180 pounds of ground beef were used during the Fair.
2,200 pounds of cabbage were used.
1,800 pounds of onions were used.
400 pounds of shrimp were used for the ceviche.
750 pounds of shrimp were used for shrimp cocktail.
Funnel Cake Express
350 pounds of powdered sugar were used.
2,100 pounds of dough were used.
1,600 pounds of strawberry topping were used.
8,000 funnel cakes were sold throughout the Fair.
Original Soft Rolled Tacos Since 1947
3,240 tortillas were used during the Fair.
The Old Country Store
2,200 pounds of candy were sold.