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Jose Piña
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For Immediate Release:

May 11, 2022




Sunday, July 10, 2022


            Turlock, CA (May 11, 2022) – “Taking the bull by the horns has a new meaning!”  These Portuguese-style bullfighting tradition has taken root in California’s Central Valley.

We are excited to announce Turlock Pentecost Association Bloodless Bullfights!  Sunday, July 10, 2022 in the FoodMaxx Arena at 6:30 pm.

“We try to make each Fair better than the year before, having new exhibits and entertainment achieves that,” said Jose Piña, spokesperson for the Stanislaus County Fair.

This style of bullfighting differs from the Portuguese-style in the fact that the bull isn’t hurt or killed. The same promise to not hurt the animal is not given to those who choose to step into the arena and test their courage against the bull. The forcados are the bullfighters. In Portuguese tradition, they taunt the animal in hopes that it will charge them. They follow the cavaleiros who battle the bull from horseback into the arena. The bullfights have been created to always be bloodless.

The cavaleiros use a velcro-tipped banderilla and a short spear-shaped tool, which attaches to a velcro pad on the bull’s back. After the cavaleiros finish what they call their “dance with the bull,” the forcados enter the arena. They challenge the bull directly, aiming to grab the bull by the horns without any protection or defense. The Forcados (bullfighters) this year are Tiago Carreiras, Joao Soller-Garcia, and Antonio Nuncio these brave men will enter the arena and face the bull head on.  We will have a traditional Bloodless bull fight along with traditional bands like Filarmonica Portuguesa de Tulare.

Turlock Pentecost is proud to continue with the traditions of our Portuguese heritage of celebrating our faith and devotion to the Holy Spirit for over 108 years. Through your generous support we can extend a helping hand to those in need. We thank you for generosity through the years.  We are able to help contribute to College Scholarships, take Underprivilege children shopping, provide support to the “Turlock Together”, Burial services for needy families, Cancer Awareness, ALS Patients, Local FFA Chapters, Valley Children Hospital, and The Sacred Heart Parish.

We would like to take this opportunity to give thanks and appreciation to the Officers, Directors, Donors, Family and Friends, who have given guidance, support and encouragement. We have been humbled and blessed to be a part of Turlock Pentecost Association. The memories and friends we have made will be forever in our hearts. – Tony “Doogie” Machado e Bertina Leonardo.        

The 2022 Stanislaus County Fair opens Friday, July 8th for a 10-day run. Fair guests can count on an award-winning experience that has been over 109 years in the making. Fair admission tickets, unlimited ride wristbands are available online now. Visit our new Fair’s website for ticket information and purchases at                                                   

The 2022 Fair will feature a spectacular children’s area. Also planned for 2022 are 10-nights of free celebrity concerts included with Fair admission, a total of three stages of live entertainment, upwards of 30,000 local exhibits and over 1,750 animals.

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The mission of the Stanislaus County Fair is to provide a family and community-oriented experience promoting agriculture, entertainment and technology.  For more information about the award-winning Stanislaus County Fair, visit