LANCASTER — The Antelope Valley Fair and Alfalfa Festival kicked off 10 days of “Sweet Delights and Carnival Lights” Friday night with alternative rock groups Collective Soul and Gin Blossoms on the grandstand as thousands of fairgoers got their first look at this year’s event.
Under the theme “Sweet Delights and Carnival Lights,” the annual festival continues today with activities that include the market beef show at 5 p.m. in the R. Rex Parris Show Arena.
Fairgoers can visit the Van Dam Pavilion to see the baked goods, collections, quilts, art and other items judged as part of the home arts competitions. The livestock barns host the lambs, pigs, cows and goats central to the fair’s agricultural roots, while the Valley’s agricultural history and may be explored at the A.V. Rural Museum.
Classic rockers REO Speedwagon will take the stage tonight at 7 p.m. in the Miller Lite Grandstand Arena with opening act Sir, Please. The concert is part of the Palmdale Auto Mall Concert Series, grandstand seating for the performance is free with fair admission. Tickets for floor seats range from $20 to $80.
“The Antelope Valley Fair has a long tradition of providing fun and opportunities for every generation,” said Dan Jacobs, CEO of the Antelope Valley Fair and Event Center. “Every year we bring in new attractions and this year includes new carnival rides, the Brews and Beards contest, and the LACAS Aerospace Valley STEM Expo. Fair-goers will once again be able to enjoy sev-eral new and all-time favorite attractions, all with an admission ticket, including free grandstand seating to our concerts and select arena events. We’re making an effort to ensure that wherever anyone goes, they’ll be able to find something affordable for the entire family to enjoy.”
Monday is Kids, Senior and Special Needs Citizens Day. Seniors 62 and older and special needs citizens (with one caregiver) get free admission and parking from 2 to 4 p.m. and a complimentary lunch served between 2 and 3 p.m. Youth 11 and younger get free admission after 4 p.m.
On Tuesday, fairgoers who bring five cans of food for Grace Resource Center will receive one free admission ticket and one ride pass. On Wednesday, fairgoers who donate one new or three gently-used elementary level books to the Rotary Club of Lancaster will receive one free admission ticket and one ride pass.
Thursday is Military Appreciation Day, sponsored by Budweiser, when all military personnel and dependents are provided free entry into Fair with a red carpet entrance.
Daily parking is $10 cash only per car There is a free shuttle from the parking lots to the main gate.
A wide range of exhibits is also free, including, artwork, floriculture, gems and minerals, small and large livestock, home arts, agriculture, and more. Free hands-on demonstrations in the exhibit halls every day will be available with Fairgrounds admission, including quilters, artists, and florists providing demonstrations that don’t cost a thing. There are hundreds of free exhibits at this year’s fair that will delight people of all ages.
Fair admission is $13, children age five and younger are free with a paid adult ticket. Seniors age 62 and older, and youth ages six to 11 are $9. General admission to the fair includes grandstand seating for the Palmdale Auto Mall Concert Series, Figure 8 races and Rural Olympics, fireworks show.
The Fair runs through Aug. 25. It opens daily at 4 p.m. and closes at midnight, with the exception of Sunday, Aug. 25, when it closes at 11 p.m.