Mid-State Fair

Want to save money on Mid-State Fair tickets and rides? Here’s how

Looking to save some money on the California Mid-State Fair? You can buy discounted tickets and carnival wristbands at local grocery stores for a limited time.

Grocery Outlet locations in Atascadero, Los Osos, Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo and Santa Maria are selling gate admission tickets and unlimited ride wristband vouchers at a discount through Tuesday, July 16, the day before the fair opens in Paso Robles.

Fair tickets sold at Grocery Outlet cost $11.50 for adults — $2.50 less than regular admission.

Senior tickets are $10.50 apiece, compared to $12 during the fair, and tickets for children ages 6 to 12 cost $8.50 each, versus $10 at the gate.

You’ll save 50 cents by buying those tickets at the store instead of the fair box office in advance.

The fair is charging $12 for adults, $11 for seniors and $9 for kids for pre-sale gate admission. (There’s a $1.50 processing fee for tickets bought online.) Children 5 and under get into the Paso Robles fairgrounds for free.

Carnival wristbands cost $25.50 at Grocery Outlet locations, compared to $40 during the fair. They’re 50 cents cheaper at the fair box office.

Even if you miss out on those deals, there’s a bright side. Carnival rides are free for kids and adults on Wednesday, July 17, the fair’s opening day.

The California Mid-State Fair runs July 17 through 28 at the Paso Robles Event Center, 2198 Riverside Ave. in Paso Robles. For more information, call 805-239-0655 or visit www.midstatefair.com.

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Entertainment editor Sarah Linn writes about all things fun, including movies, television, the performing arts, the visual arts and the best places to eat and drink in San Luis Obispo County. A graduate of Oregon State University, she has worked for The Tribune in San Luis Obispo for more than a decade and has earned multiple California journalism awards.