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Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival Cancels 2021 Event


The 2021 Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival, set for February 12-21, has been canceled and hopes to resume in 2022 with its 75th year celebration. In addition, the Queen Scheherazade Scholarship Pageant, scheduled for November 2020, is also being canceled. Queen Scheherazade and her court act as goodwill ambassadors leading up to, and during, the Fair in February.


The ongoing global pandemic has caused the cancellation of all scheduled events on the fairgrounds since the middle of March. With Riverside County Public Health planning to keep the Federal Medical Station in place until the end of the calendar year, staff is unable to properly plan and execute the Fair.


“The Riverside County Fairgrounds are known not only as the home of our beloved Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival, but as a focal point and safe haven for the community when it comes to accessing health care and, today, they are being utilized in another health care mission to help us overcome the coronavirus,” said Board Chair V. Manuel Perez. “It is rare that we cancel this Fair, but we know the tradition is so strong and special for many families, including mine, that we can look forward to its return after we complete this mission.”


Riverside County Fair Advisory Board Chair, Lupe Ramos-Amith added, “It was a difficult decision to cancel, but with the uncertainty of how long the fairgrounds will be used as a testing center and back up hospital, it was one that had to be made. We look forward to seeing everyone for our 75th anniversary.”


The county will look for other ways to celebrate the fair’s 75th anniversary in 2021, which may include a virtual celebration.


The Riverside County Fairgrounds will also continue to serve as one of the county’s COVID-19 testing locations. The testing is open to anyone, with or without symptoms. To schedule an appointment, please call (800) 945-6171 or visit rivcoph.org/coronavirus/testing to make it online.


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Riverside County Closes Successful 2020 Fair With Over 250,000 Visitors


The 74th annual Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival presented by Fantasy Springs Resort Casino came to a close on Sunday, February 23 with crowd favorites Mariachi Sol De Mexico and WGAS Demolition Derby. Over 100,000 fairgoers attended the closing weekend putting the 10-day total over 250k.

The 2020 Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival had popular headlining entertainment included George Clinton & the Parliament Funkadelic, Banda Machos, Chris Janson and the “I Love the 90’s” concert that featured Vanilla Ice, Coolio, Tone Loc and Young MC. Every concert was well received by attendees as nearly every concert reached venue capacity.

Additional entertainment that helped bring in the crowds included Monster Trucks, Bull Riding, and the Aladdin Musical Pageant. Both the Wild About Monkeys Show and the Big Bugs! Rain Forest exhibit were popular with the families. The date inspired treats, from date shakes to bacon wrapped dates also brought out the crowds by the droves!

Riverside County Department of Animal Services was successful in showcasing rescue dogs at the fair, so much so they depleted the local animal shelters by adopting out 120 dogs into forever homes!

There were a record number of scholarships given away by the Friends of the Date Festival at over $21,500. The Saturday, February 22nd, Jr. Livestock Auction raised $259,943.27.

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