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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)

Curiosity drives David Taub. The award-winning journalist might be shy, but feels mighty with a recorder in his hand. He doesn't see it his job to "hold public officials accountable," but does see it to provide readers (and voters) the information needed to make intelligent choices. Taub has been honored with several writing awards from the California News Publishers Association. He's just happy to have his stories read. Joining GV Wire in 2016, Taub covers politics, government and elections, mainly in the Fresno/Clovis area. He also writes columns about local eateries (Appetite for Fresno), pro wrestling (Off the Bottom Rope), and media (Media Man). Prior to joining the online news source, Taub worked as a radio producer for KMJ and PowerTalk 96.7 in Fresno. He also worked as an assignment editor for KCOY-TV in Santa Maria, California, and KSEE-TV in Fresno. He has also worked behind the scenes for several sports broadcasts, including the NCAA basketball tournament, and the Super Bowl. When not spending time with his family, Taub loves to officially score Fresno Grizzlies games. Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Taub is a die-hard Giants and 49ers fan. He graduated from the University of Michigan with dual degrees in communications and political science. Go Blue! You can contact David at 559-492-4037 or at Send an Email