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Award Winning Musical Pageant Returns!


The Nightly Musical Pageant is set to return to the 72nd Annual Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival, February 16th through February 25th right after the Salute to America at 6:00 p.m. The vocal talents, costumes and stage effects will amaze fairgoers with this year’s spin of the 1,001 Arabian Nights extraordinary tale, Prince Khudadad in the Shadow of Destiny. The audience will be engaged the entire show as the cast takes fairgoers back in time to the Far East.

Sultan Abu’s son, ten year old Young Khudadad, one of many siblings, has already shown great promise and advancement beyond his years. He has garnered favor over his other siblings in the eyes of their Sultan father.

Evil Amal, who desires to take over the Kingdom of Diyar Bakr, is in attendance at Young Khudadad’s birthday celebration. Evil Amal learned from his oracle that Young Khudadad is destined to become a ruler even greater than his father and loved by many. Evil Amal concludes that if he gets Young Khudadad “out of the way,” he can defy the fates. With Young Khudadad’s jealous siblings, Evil Amal devises a plan to make the destined heir disappear. Their plot works, but there is an unexpected twist that will have the audience on the edge of their seats!

How long did Khudadad disappear? What became of him? Was destiny wrong about him becoming the beloved Sultan of the Kingdom of Diyar Bakr? What happens to his siblings? Is Evil Amal the true ruler of the kingdom? The answers to all of these questions will be revealed at the 2018 Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival’s Nightly Musical Prince Khudadad in the Shadow of Destiny. With a cast of all ages, exciting musical numbers, authentic costumes, live animals and timely humor mixed with suspense and intrigue – there is something for everyone in this evening of entertainment!

The Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival is presented by Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, the desert’s leader in gaming and entertainment. The Fair, in Indio, runs February 16-25. Gates are open 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. from Friday-Monday and noon-10 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday. Purchase your tickets early and receive them at a discounted price: $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, $8 for youth, $8 for group tickets or bus tours (minimum of 25), and $22 for Unlimited Carnival Ride Wristbands. For more information, call 800.811.FAIR or visit www.datefest.org where you can buy and print your Fair tickets at home.


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2018 Cast List 

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Salute to America



Salute to America

You’ll want to come early to the pageant stage to be a part of the moving and inspirational Salute to America which will honor our country’s armed services immediately after the welcome message by the Fair Board at 6:00 p.m. nightly. Incorporating service men and women, as well as local school color guards, this musical tribute will leave you swelling with pride and thanks.

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