Photo of Master pumpkin carver Russ Leno

Big Fresno Fair: Master Carver Turns Pumpkins Into Art

Russ Leno's mastery of pumpkin carving started as a way to entertain friends. "Instead of just partying all the time, we would sit down and start carving," Leno recalled. He's taking that post-retirement hobby from his home in Olympia, Washington, to variou...

Next up in Fair’s New Sculpture Garden: ‘Tedford Tuff’

Art has always been part of the Big Fresno Fair, but never quite like this. A new sculpture garden, known as Iron Mountain, is open as the fair begins its 13-day run Wednesday. The featured piece unveiled Friday was a 14-foot, 3-ton homage to outgoing Fr...

Dyer Celebrated, Unveiled in Sculpture Form

For more than an hour, Jerry Dyer endured jokes and good-natured ribbing directed his way. Although not officially called a roast, an event at the Fresno fairgrounds honoring the outgoing Fresno police chief...

Boxing Champ Ramirez Emotional at Statue Unveiling

Fresno County loves Jose Ramirez, and the champ feels the same way. The WBO/WBC super lightweight world champion watched as a statue of his likeness was unveiled at the Fresno County Historical Museum inside the Big Fresno Fair on Tuesday morning. Li...