Stan Co Fair Featured on Disney+ National Geographic!


For Immediate Release:

December 19, 2019


            Turlock, CA (December 19, 2019) – The Stanislaus County Fair has once again made national coverage by being chosen to be featured on the National Geographic show The World According to Jeff Goldblum. 

After extensive research the Disney+ network, which owns National Geographic, chose the Stanislaus County Fair’s Destruction Derby Motorhome event to be featured in the upcoming episode “RVs.”  The reality series originally developed at National Geographic and now premiering as part of the initial rollout of the Disney+ streaming service, will release the “RVs” episode on December 27, 2019.  The fair was also featured on the Food Network Chanel Carnival Eats in 2014.

“We were thrilled to host Jeff Goldblum and the National Geographic production team at our Fairgrounds for the 2019 Fair,” said Adrenna Alkhas, spokesperson for the Stanislaus County Fair. “It is always an honor to show the pride of our fair, our history, and our community on a national level.”

Alkhas said the production team was on grounds for one full day shooting the Destruction Derby Motorhome heat on Tuesday, July 16, 2019.  The Turlock Lions Club, who is the promoter of the Derby events at the fair, provided specific motorhomes for Goldblum to ride in and interviewed Greg Mathews, whose family has entered the Derby for generations.

According to Disney+ website, the series follows Goldblum, in which he explores the world. He does this by covering topics such as video games, ice-creams and sneakers by chatting with influencers and experts with broad knowledge and experience in these particular subjects.  The “RVs” episode rolls into the RV capital of the world to investigate the unique mode of transport and the lifestyle that goes with it. According to Disney+ website, Goldblum witnesses the RV Derby summer show; tours an RV manufacturing factory; and rides with a family who has chosen to live permanently on the road.

“I’m very curious, but I think curiosity is our birthright,” Goldblum said in an interview with USA Today. “I have a 4-year-old boy and a 2-year-old boy, and I don’t think it’s just my genes. I think kids and all sapiens must be curious; we need it to survive.”

The 2020 Stanislaus County Fair opens Friday, July 10th for a 10-day run. Fair guests can count on an award-winning experience that has been over 109 years in the making. Discounted Fair admission tickets, unlimited ride wristbands, and the Fair season pass will go on sale Saturday, April 25, 2020. Corporate ticket sales are also available to purchase at a highly discounted rate. Visit the Fair’s website for ticket information at                                  To receive future Fair announcements follow us on Facebook at Also, follow us on Twitter and Instagram @stancofair.

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Tastes of the Valley Generates $49,000 in Donations!

Tastes of the Valley Generates over $49,000 for Friends of the Fair and Stan State Agriculture Program


Turlock, CA (December 19, 2019) – Now in its 17th year as a flourishing community event, the Tastes of the Valley annual fundraiser resulted in over $49,000 donation benefitting students in the Stan State Agriculture Program and Stanislaus Friends of the Fair Foundation.

Started by the Agriculture Program in 2003, Tastes of the Valley enjoys a strong partnership with the Stanislaus Friends of the Fair Foundation, which supports agriculture education. Funds raised by the event are shared by the Stan State Agriculture Program and Stanislaus Friends of the Fair Foundation.

“As supporters of the ag community, it is imperative that we support our future ag leaders and our partnership with Stan State’s Agriculture Program has been a wonderful way to give back to our community,” said Matt Cranford, chief executive officer of Stanislaus County Fair.

Proceeds from the event resulted in $25,000 fund scholarships for low-income and first-generation college students at Stan State pursuing careers in agriculture.

“In addition to scholarships, the funds raised by the event also strengthen the capacity of our Agriculture Program to support the next generation of young leaders in the agriculture industry through a variety of hands-on activities, professional development events and leadership development activities in the Agriculture Ambassadors student organization,” said Oluwarotimi Odeh, professor and Rolland Starn Endowed Chair of Agriculture at Stan State.

The 2019 Tastes of the Valley, held Oct. 3 at the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds, featured the wares of wineries and brewers, cheesemakers and restauranteurs from around the region, in addition to live and silent auctions.

“We extend our sincere thanks to all the individual and corporate donors and sponsors, and welcome new partners to join us in investing in our students,” Odeh said. “They are the future of the agriculture industry and future leaders of our communities.”