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Dan Mink's horse jumps into the air during the Rhinestone Roper Show's presentation to an audience at the Fresno Spring Fair on Saturday, May 6, at the Fresno Fairgrounds (Eric Zamora/ The Collegian)

Fresno Spring Fair hosts food and family fun

The second annual Fresno Spring Fair featured a variety of attractions and fun for all ages.

Unlike the Big Fresno Fair that is held every October, the Fresno Spring Fair, held May 4 – 7 at the Fresno District Fairgrounds, takes up a much smaller amount of space and doesn’t feature livestock.

The fair is meant to be a fun event for families and the community to enjoy, whether it be through viewing the many attractions at the fair or enjoying the fair food, organizers said.

“[We came] to hang out with each other and have fun,” said Reina Duarte, a student who came with her friends.

County Fair Cinnamon Rolls was one of the many businesses at the spring fair. They sold their popular cinnamon rolls to lines of hungry attendees. Other people gravitated to more savory foods, such as the footlong corn dogs.

Many families with young ones lined up to meet Skai Jackson, a young actress known for her role as “Zuri Ross” in the Disney show “Jessie.” Jackson was recently featured as one of TIME Magazine’s Most Influential Teens of 2016.

Another attraction was the Rhinestone Roper Show’s Wild West Celebration, an act by Dan Mink which was featured on “America’s Got Talent.” Mink, along with his daughter and horse, performed different tricks throughout the four days of the fair.

Ulises Moreno, a student, said the Wild West Celebration was “pretty fun.”

He said he and his friends also enjoyed how the other activities at the fair brought people together.

The fair was created in collaboration with Universal Fairs, a company that helps produce different events such as fairs and festivals in the United States.

“We actually have been thinking about the idea for quite a few years, and we had a promotional partner approach us, a company called Universal Fairs,” said Lauri King, the deputy manager for the Fresno Spring Fair. “We thought it’s a good time, and we have this group who is here to help.”

King said she hopes that more families come to the fair.
King said, “[We hope] that it gets them excited and thinking about the Big Fresno Fair in October.”