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California Exposition & State Fair

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California Gold Rush: The Sacramento Grid on a Self-Guided Bicycle Audio Tour
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California Gold Rush: The Sacramento Grid on a Self-Guided Bicycle Audio Tour

How did Sacramento come to be California's capital city?<br><br>What was the city's founder, a Swiss named Johann Sutter, doing here in what once was Spanish territory?<br><br>How did his efforts to expand a fort here at the confluence of two rivers lead to the discovery of gold and the rush to come get it?<br><br>Learn the answers and more by taking this 2-hour self-guided GPS tour by bicycle. Bikes can be rented in Old Sacramento at Practical Cycle. Also, at bike racks throughout the city from a bike share program lock them if you leave them. The tour departs and finishes at the Capitol, stopping along the way at markers and structures that tell us about the founding of this city and the Gold Rush of 1849. <br><br>The tour is ready whenever you are and the audio plays automatically at exactly the right time and place using your smartphone's GPS and the VoiceMap mobile app, which also works offline.
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Lisa D wrote a review Aug 2019
California9 contributions1 helpful vote
Wouldn't have gone without a deal on Groupon. Parking on-site was way over priced! Found free street parking instead. Had been looking forward to live concerts, not so interested in cover bands.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Jeff N wrote a review Jul 2019
Modesto, California42 contributions38 helpful votes


On the Monorail you hear the narrator say that the State Fair is like Disneyland of the north. That WAS true. It used to take THREE DAYS to see everything. There were so many good attractions it felt like a Disney Theme Park. But now, it takes less than one full day. This year the EXPO BUILDINGS have almost nothing to see at all. There’s less art in the art buildings. The Silent Disco doesn’t look like a Disco at all; just cheap projections on the walls. Building 5 was something about video games. And Building 8 was completely EMPTY. EXPO BUILDING EXHIBITS OF THE PAST USED TO FILL THE BUILDINGS WITH THINGS LIKE... Actual Props from sci-fi movies and TV shows. Vintage Toys and Games. The Ice Man Exhibit. Amusement Park History with items from old Amusement Parks. People showing and talking about Eagles, Raccoons, Owls and more... There are less COUNTIES EXHIBITS than ever and none had the amazing waterfalls or mine tunnel walk through attraction, or buildings with animated figures in the windows. The new WINE GARDENS are better than recent years. But years ago, the Gardens area was larger with several by landscapers hoping for a Blue Ribbon. No one in the INSECT PAVILION talking about the insects any more. I asked. Almost the entire FOOD FESTIVAL is beef or sweet stuff, and every item is very hard to find (even with the map). One item could not be found at all. Everyone we asked said that no one could find it. ATTRACTIONS IN THE 1990s WHERE THE KID’s CARNIVAL IS NOW 

I LOVE LUCY EXHIBIT 
I will never forget the replica of Lucy and Ricky's apartment and kitchen with actual props from the show. ACTUAL TRAIN RIDE
 There was a truly fun miniature train (brought to the Fair by a Train Club in Folsom) for adults and children of all ages to ride through a pretty large area for a few years.

 An OLD WEST TOWN for a few years. OTHER ATTRACTIONS IN THE 1990s BIG ANIMATRONIC DINOSAURS were in a huge tent like building between the Counties Building and the Jacuzzis every year. 

 There was a SHARK TANK one year. LIVE ENTERTAINMENT Almost every one of the smaller stages used to have a big variety of really interesting, quality acts: From Chinese Acrobats to International Folk Dancing to Karate Demonstrations and good bands. But most of the stages now just have loud rock bands that are not very good. 

 And from what we saw this year, the Chinese Acrobat show is one guy spinning a plate. THE MIDWAY
 Until the late 1990s there was a quality carnival with an extremely tall FERRIS WHEEL at the west side of the carnival. And at the entrance, there was a beautiful, large automated BAND ORGAN. But in the late 1990s, something supposedly happened with the owner of that carnival, and the State Fair hired a new carnival owner who apparently does not own a large Ferris Wheel or Band Organ, but they do have a lot of duplicate rides. 

 THE FIRST HDTV WAS AT THE STATE FAIR 
The State Fair used to feature innovations of technology. They actually featured the very first HDTV in existence one year sponsored by KXTV with nature photography shot by KXTV photographers. Everyone was blown away by the exhibit. But the State Fair does not feature innovations at all any more. CONCLUSION 

I don't know what can be done about this, but I do hope that some day someone tries. I want to feel like I'm actually in a Disney Theme Park again, when I visit the formerly Great California State Fair!!
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Eat-TravelNow wrote a review Jul 2019
san francisco241 contributions99 helpful votes
The weather during the State Fair is always hot, but, its easy to cool off with the many water misters and going inside the exhibition halls. The live stock exhibitions seem to get smaller and smaller each year. This year, there were only rabbits. Entertainment during the day was disgraceful. With so much talent out there, they hire or get volunteers that are worst than karaoke. Better live entertainment happens at night. Lots of rides and food. But, food is very expensive. The garlic fries were $8 for one potato worth of fries. The BBQ tri-tip was even worst, $14 for a very small sandwich. If beef was tender, that wouldn't have eased the pain of the price. Best to go after a huge lunch.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Lizet E wrote a review Jun 2019
5 contributions2 helpful votes
Very fun, lots of ride for little kids and a wide selection for teens/adults. It feels as if the stands that sell goodies gets smaller and smaller every year. Parking is ridiculous & it’s HOT. But if the heat doesn’t bother you it’s fun to go try the food go on a few rides play a couple games and have fun
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Date of experience: August 2018
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Steve R wrote a review Mar 2019
Roseville, California577 contributions149 helpful votes
So Cal Expo has something for kids of all ages. First of course is the fair. Best in the state. deep friend errrr everything, wine tasting, animals, good entertainment. carnies, horse racing and lots of those fun, throw your money away, noy a chance to win a dirty stuffed animal, challenge booths.
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Date of experience: July 2018
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