Media Credential Policies

Media credentials are required for complimentary admission to the Fair. The Marketing and Communications Director will issue all media credentials. Credentials will be issued to and honored for working members of the media only and not family members and/or guests.

Use of media credentials for non-media purposes and/or distribution of media credentials to non-working members of the media, family members and/or guests will result in immediate loss of media credential privileges throughout the 10-day run of the Fair, and credential privileges will be carefully evaluated for future Fairs.

Credentials are subject to review and approval by the Marketing and Communications Director.

The Marketing and Communications Director will distribute credentials to editors/station managers a minimum of two weeks in advance of the opening day of the Fair. Requests for additional credentials will be considered on an as-needed basis in advance of opening day, and are subject to review and approval by the Marketing and Communications Director.

All media vehicles need a parking credential in the FH-2 parking lot. Access to the FH-2 parking lot is located west of the Turlock Rural Fire Station located at 690 W. Canal Drive, Turlock. You will find the media entrance/Fair office directly across the street from this parking lot. Each passenger must present a valid Fair-issued media credential.

All media vehicles need a parking credential in the FH-2 parking lot. Access to the FH-2 parking lot is located west of the Turlock Rural Fire Station located at 690 W. Canal Drive, Turlock. You will find the media entrance/Fair office directly across the street from this parking lot. Each passenger must present a valid Fair-issued media credential.

Credentialed media representatives will need to show media credentials to the attendant at Gate 1, located at the corner of Canal Drive and Broadway Avenue, who will contact the Media Center to grant you access and offer a motorized escort through the Fairgrounds to specific events you are assigned to cover.

Note: Media credentials are valid only by entry through the Media Center office and are not accepted at any general admission gate. Media representatives must also sign in at the Media Center and sign out.

A reserved section for media representatives, with prime seating, is available in the FoodMaxx Arena. To access this section, you must obtain a Press Box ticket from the Media Center and present your credential and ticket to the attendant at the FoodMaxx Arena entrance.4

Access to the track for motorsport events and/or horse events is subject to the approval of the event promoter. In all cases, when permitted, media representatives must sign a “Release of Liability” prior to the event. In addition, in some cases, the event promoter may require that the Fair issue a special track access pass (i.e., wristband, “pit pass,” etc.). Media representatives interested in track access must contact the Media Center a minimum of 24 hours in advance of the event to determine if track access is permitted by the promoter, to sign the required “Release of Liability,” and to obtain any and all additional track passes.

Most entertainers will agree to telephone interviews in advance of their appearance but are reluctant to give interviews on the evening of their performance. All requests for interviews should be directed to the Fair’s publicity staff at least one month in advance of the show date. Interviews are subject to approval by the act’s management and are not controlled by the Stanislaus County Fair.

Radio stations shall contact the artist’s management directly to arrange for any and all meet-and-greet requests and/or any other listener promotion the station may desire. The Fair highly recommends that the station obtain written confirmation of such arrangements from the artist’s management. Further, the Fair recommends that station representatives bring the written confirmation to the concert in the event the act’s road manager has questions or needs confirmation of the prearranged promotion.

Photographers may be allowed front-of-stage access for the first two numbers of a concert only. Photographers showing up after the second number may be denied access. This policy is subject to change depending upon the wishes of the entertainer(s) and/or directive of the act’s road manager.

Upon request, the publicity staff will distribute judging results after formal auditing has been completed, an estimated four weeks after closing day. Please direct requests for results to the Marketing and Communications Director at 209-668-1333 x340. Please do not call the Exhibits Office directly, as you will be referred back to the communications staff.

Complete copies of our 2020 Fair Media Guide will be delivered mid-June. If you would like to be included on our media list, please E-mai Us Here