Rodeo and monster trucks returning to 2011 California Mid-State Fair

The California Mid-State Fair is bringing back two of its greatest crowd-pleasers: rodeo cowboys and monster trucks.

Fairgoers can see classic rodeo events such as bull riding, barrel racing and team penning at the County Rodeo Finals, July 30 at the Main Grandstand Arena. Tickets are $14 to $18, or $20 the day of the rodeo.

On July 31, the Toughest Monster Truck Tour visits the fairgrounds for a night of car-crushing fury. Featured trucks include former world champion Bounty Hunter, Iron Outlaw, Patriot and Camo Thunder.

The event also features a freestyle motocross show featuring three riders selected X Games veteran Chuck Carothers. Admission is $16 to $20 in advance, or $25 at the door.

Tickets for both events go on sale June 16.

The California Mid-State Fair runs July 20 through July 31 in Paso Robles.

For more information, call 238-3565 or visit http://www.midstatefair.com