The Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival
Save the Date for a fabulous 71st year, February 17-26, 2017! The 70th Anniversary year of the Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival, February 12th - 21st was a tremendous success. Presented by Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, the 70th Year, had clear skies and great weather.
As always, included with the price of Fair admission, was the headliner entertainment on the weekends at the Fantasy Springs Concert Pavilion. Starting off the Fair, Latino music superstar Ezequiel Peña took the stage on Saturday, February 13th. Country artist Trace Adkins performed on Valentine’s Day. His trademark baritone has powered countless hits to the top of the charts and sold over 10 million albums, cumulatively. Morris Day and the Time wowed the crowds with hits like “Jungle Love” and “The Bird” on Friday, February 19th. KC and the Sunshine Band rocked the house with disco favorites like “That's the Way (I Like It)", on Saturday, February 20th. And of course, we had the always popular Super Fiesta on closing Sunday, February 21st.
Daily on the fairgrounds, entertainment was scheduled from open to close. Live magic acts, hypnotist shows, cooking shows, comedians, performers, and interactive exhibits are available every day. New in 2016, and crowd pleasers, were the Butterfly Encounter and meet and greet with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Other favorites were Hilby the German Juggle Boy, Karaoke with Freddie Prez, the Marvelous Mutts, and the Nightly Musical Pageant. Let’s not forget about the ever-popular Camel & Ostrich races, you never know what will happen at this hilarious and unpredictable event!
Fair goers enjoyed date shakes, cinnamon rolls topped with dates, deep fried dates wrapped in bacon and let’s not forget Pink’s delicious and very unique Indio Date Dog.
2017 Vendor Applications
Applications for Merchants, Concessions, Market Place Village, Independent Amusements & Suppliers
2017 Competition Handbook Available - Monday, October 31, 2016
The link to our online system for accepting entries is activated beginning Thursday, December 1, 2016. The last day to submit your entry is Saturday, January 21, 2017. Please do not wait until the last day to enter.
Now Accepting Applications for the 2017 Queen Scheherazade Scholarship Pageant!
The Pageant is open to young ladies who exhibit exceptional character and are Riverside County residents, who will be at least 17 years of age by the day of the Pageant, November 19, 2016, and have not reached the age of 22 by the Fair’s opening day, February 17, 2017. Queen Scheherazade and her Court will reign over the 2017 Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival, act as the goodwill ambassadors for this event and make many promotional appearances.
Now Accepting Applications for the Magic Carpet Music Scholarship Competition!
The Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival is now accepting applications for the 2nd annual Magic Carpet Music Scholarship Competition taking place on November 20, 2016. This exciting opportunity is aimed at young, talented artists who will have the chance to showcase their creative skills center-stage and have a shot at winning scholarship monies to the college of their choice!