Pre-sale tickets available through Sunday for Santa Barbara County Fair

Pre-sale tickets are available through Sunday for the 119th annual Santa Barbara County Fair, held at the Santa Maria Fairpark from Wednesday through July 18.

This year’s fair features a “summertime fun” theme and several new attractions, including a Wet and Wild wildlife exhibit and show, mini monster truck racing, and giant sand sculptures that will be finished July 17.

Dollar admission and dollar carnival rides are offered on opening day. The fair will feature performers including The Beach Boys, Little Big Town, Grand Funk Railroad and WAR. All of the acts, performing on the main stage, are free with paid fair admission.

Pre-sale tickets are available at numerous locations:

• Rabobank locations in Santa Maria, Orcutt, Guadalupe and Nipomo;

• Super Carniceria La Chiquita Markets in Nipomo, Guadalupe and Santa Maria;

• La Miramar in Santa Maria, Oceano, Paso Robles and Lompoc;

• and the Santa Maria Fairpark ticket office at 937 S. Thornburg St.

Pre-sale tickets are $5 for those ages 12 and older and $3 for children ages 6 to 11. Unlimited carnival wristband coupons are $20; season passes for all five days of the fair are $20 and only available at the Fairpark ticket office.

Tickets can also be purchased online at http://www.santamariafairpark.com.

General admission at the gate is $7 for ages 12 and older, and $5 for children 6 to 11 and seniors 62 and older. Parking is $5.

— Cynthia Lambert