IMPERIAL — The 111th edition of the California Mid-Winter Fair opens Friday afternoon with recognition of both veterans and senior citizens, stated a recent press release.
Some hours of the fair have changed this year to more efficiently accommodate fairgoers. The grounds will open at 3 p.m. March 1. Gates will open on weekdays at 5 p.m. and at noon on weekends.
Meanwhile, presale tickets will continue to be available through Thursday, Feb. 28, or until supplies are exhausted.
The 111th annual fair, themed “Get Your Kicks on Route 86,” runs March 1–10 at the fairgrounds, 200 E. Second St. in Imperial. The presenting sponsor is again Imperial Valley Auto.
The opening day continues the tradition of Military and Senior Citizen Appreciation Day, the release said. Admission is free to all military personnel and veterans along with one guest. Proper military or veteran identification is required. Admission is also free to senior citizens with a special coupon.
The release said the Traxxas Monster Truck Tour will take to the track on opening night, March 1. It will be followed by Freestyle Motocross Saturday. The opening weekend events will be wrapped up on Sunday, March 3, with the traditional Día De La Familia events.
A demolition derby will be held Wednesday, March 6, and dwarf car racing will be on the track Saturday, March 9, the release said. The jalopy-based Heritage 500 Race will take to the track the final day of the fair, March 10.
Concerts on the Rabobank Stage feature Walk Like a Man, a Frankie Valli tribute on March 1 and Kalimba, an Earth Wind and Fire tribute on March 2. Grupo Regrado and Codigo 442 will be performing March 3. Other concerts include Voltai-EDM DJ, March 4; Pure Majik, March 5; Queen Nation, a Queen tribute, March 7; Hip Hop Hooray, March 8; and Left of Centre, March 9. There also will be several other local acts during the fair.
Additional community traditions will take place in events during the 10 days with High School Madness, March 4, in the grandstands, and the popular Craft Beer Festival on March 5. A unique, fun event, “Silent Disco,” has also been added in the Casa De Manana building.
Presale tickets and family value packs are on sale now through February 28. Presale prices are $8 for adult, $6 for children, and $6 for seniors. WOW wristbands redeemable for carnival rides any one day of the fair are $25. Family value packs are $70. The family packs include two adult, two child admissions, two WOW coupons, and admissions to the 2019 San Diego County Fair, along with $90 in fair coupons.
Presale locations include all Valley Rabobank branches, Sonic Burger, 2299 N. Imperial Ave. in El Centro, Circle K/Shell station, 610 S Brawley Ave. in Brawley, and the fair box office.