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Fair Final Weekend: Pig Racing Leads the Way for Kids

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Chances are, families will get a kick out watching the pig races, says GV Wire's David Taub. (GV Wire)
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As the Big Fresno Fair enters its final weekend, are there any good activities for the kids?

In simple form, of course! What kid doesn’t like the amusement park rides or games of chance? But, this year’s post-pandemic fair has unfortunately been lacking the extracurriculars past fairs had.

David Taub

Earlier this week, my kids and I explored the fair, searching for children’s kiddy activities.

Because of the pandemic, there were no hands-on learning exhibits this year as in the past. That’s a bummer.

There is no mutton busting. A COVID victim. Instead, there are All-Alaskan Racing Pigs.  I can’t verify the pigs’ hometowns, but I did appreciate the clever names. Hamela Anderson was my favorite. My suggestion for a future hog racer: Kosher the Pig.

There was a full house on the small lawn next to the Butler Street entrance. The races will take place four times a day for the final weekend.

Pig racing was fun. Maybe it would be better with wagers (that is for horse racing, which is not a kid-recommended activity, anyway).

Entry to the fair’s midway. (GV Wire/David Taub)

Pop Culture or Popular Playground?

I was told the Pop Culture exhibit would be kid cool. Besides recognizing some old Starting Lineup figures, I realize I am not in tune with pop culture. And, the exhibit was lacking. It was really just vendors selling action figures and comic books.

The same building also featured eSports, aka video games. You can pay $5 an hour or a $20 daily rate. My kids get enough video games at home. We took a pass.

The eSports exhibit at the Big Fresno Fair (GV Wire/David Taub)

But, the all-time kids’ fair favorite is the big treehouse/pirate ship playground at Table Mountain Rancheria Park. It never gets old for my 8- and 10-year olds. Whether it is hide-and-seek or just climbing up and down, it is the ultimate playground.

We went on Wednesday night, when the adjacent Paul Paul Theater entertainment (Midland) was canceled because of a positive-COVID test from one of the roadies. I appreciated the quiet.

In past years, I’ve seen security make sure the kids move along on the playground which looks into the concert arena. No freeloaders were allowed.

The pirate ship playground is a kids’ favorite at the fair (GV Wire/David Taub)

David Taub has spent most of his career in journalism behind the scenes working as a TV assignment editor and radio producer. For more than a decade, he has worked in the Fresno market with such stops at KSEE-24, KMJ and Power Talk 96.7. Taub also worked the production and support side of some of TV sports biggest events including the Super Bowl, the NBA Finals and NASCAR to name a few. Taub graduated from the University of Michigan with dual degrees in communications and political science. You can contact David at 559-492-4037 or at Send an Email