Mid-State Fair

Best fair ever? See photos, video from 2019 California Mid-State Fair concerts

When it comes to entertainment, the California Mid-State Fair is the envy of many.

The 2019 fair brought a bevy of big-name performers to Paso Robles, including rapper Cardi B and country stars Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert. Motown legend Smokey Robinson perfoms Friday night as part of the fair’s popular Evening of Music & Wine event.

Compare that star-studded lineup to the low-key offerings at the California State Fair in Sacramento, which drew The Plain White T’s, Sean Kingston and Martina McBride, and you’ll see why the Paso fair brands itself “America’s Favorite Fair.”

Here are photos and video from some of our favorite Mid-State Fair shows.

Miranda Lambert

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Country star Miranda Lambert performs at the California Mid-State Fair in Paso Robles on Wednesday, July 17, 2019. Brittany App Courtesy of California Mid-State Fair

Billy Idol

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Punk rocker Billy Idol performed at the California Mid-State Fair in Paso Robles on Friday, July 19, 2019. Brittany Anzel App Courtesy of California Mid-State Fair

Cardi B

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Rapper Cardi B made her fair debut with a sold-out show at the Paso Robles Event Center. She performed at the Chumash Grandstand Arena at the California Mid-State Fair on Saturday, July 20, 2019. Laura Dickinson ldickinson@thetribunenews.com

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Rapper Cardi B made her fair debut with a sold-out show at the Paso Robles Event Center. She performed at the Chumash Grandstand Arena at the Mid-State Fair, Saturday, July 20, 2019. Brittany Anzel App Courtesy of the California Mid-State Fair

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Rapper Cardi B made her fair debut with a sold-out show at the Paso Robles Event Center. She performed at the Chumash Grandstand Arena at the Mid-State Fair, Saturday, July 20, 2019. Brittany Anzel App Courtesy of the California Mid-State Fair

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Rapper Cardi B is making her fair debut with a sold-out show at the Paso Robles Event Center. She performs on the Chumash Grandstand Arena at the Mid-State Fair, Saturday, July 20, 2019. Laura Dickinson ldickinson@thetribunenews.com

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Rapper Cardi B is making her fair debut with a sold-out show at the Paso Robles Event Center. She performs on the Chumash Grandstand Arena at the Mid-State Fair, Saturday, July 20, 2019. Laura Dickinson ldickinson@thetribunenews.com

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Rapper Cardi B made her fair debut with a sold-out show at the Paso Robles Event Center. She performed at the Chumash Grandstand Arena at the Mid-State Fair, Saturday, July 20, 2019. Laura Dickinson ldickinson@thetribunenews.com

Blake Shelton

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Country star Blake Shelton performs at the California Mid-State Fair in Paso Robles on Sunday, July 21, 2019. Brittany App Courtesy of California Mid-State Fair

Why Don’t We

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Boy band Why Don’t We performs at the California Mid-State Fair in Paso Robles on July 22, 2019. Brittany Anzel App Courtesy of California Mid-State Fair

Lynyrd Skynyrd

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Country rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd performs at the California Mid-State Fair in Paso Robles on Tuesday, July 23, 2019. Brittany App Courtesy of California Mid-State Fair

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Country rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd performs at the California Mid-State Fair in Paso Robles on Tuesday, July 23, 2019. Brittany App Courtesy of the California MId-State Fair

Zac Brown Band

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Country band Zac Brown Band performed at the California Mid-State Fair in Paso Robles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. Brittany App Courtesy of California Mid-State Fair

Old Dominion

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Country star Matthew Ramsey of Old Dominion performs at the California Mid-State Fair in Paso Robles on Thursday, July 25, 2019. Brittany Anzel App Courtesy of California Mid-State Fair

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Country star Matthew Ramsey of Old Dominion performs at the California Mid-State Fair in Paso Robles on Thursday, July 25, 2019. Brittany Anzel App Courtesy of California Mid-State Fair

Smokey Robinson

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Motown legend Smokey Robinson performs at the California Mid-Sate Fair in Paso Robles on Friday, July 26, 2019. Brittany Anzel App Courtesy of California Mid-State Fair

The California Mid-State Fair runs through Sunday at the Paso Robles Event Center, 2198 Riverside Ave. For more information, call 805-238-3565 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.
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