Carnival rides, truthful video games, and deep-fried meals made a return to Chico over the Memorial Day weekend because of The Carnival and Meals Competition.
Hosted by Silver Greenback Truthful, the attraction began Thursday and can end Sunday night time on the fairgrounds.
Whereas not billed because the Silver Greenback Truthful because the four-day occasion doesn’t have any large-scale concert events or displays, many acquainted sights are nonetheless in tow.
Points of interest over the primary three days included a dwell shark encounter exhibit, dash automobile races, and dwell performances from Creedence Clearwater Revival and Journey cowl bands.
Fern Wright and her husband Terry of Yuba Metropolis occurred upon the carnival and truthful whereas in search of a Saturday outing.
“We simply occurred to drag it up,” Fern Wright stated. “I’m glad we did. I really like the truthful.”
Initially from Fresno, the Wright’s stated they’re no stranger to huge gala’s.
“Fresno has an enormous truthful. It is a excellent measurement,” Wright stated. “It’s one thing to do on a stupendous day earlier than the warmth comes tomorrow. It’s so good to have the ability to lastly get out.”
Wright’s husband, Terry, was trying ahead to one thing else.
“He loves the meals,” Wright stated. “Particularly the corndogs.”
Saturday additionally noticed the truthful internet hosting the annual Junior Livestock Public sale regardless of being closed to the general public this yr due to COVID-19.
Brenden Blake of Chico introduced his household to the truthful hoping to see cattle.
“I simply wished to convey the youngsters out to the truthful to see the livestock and take a look at the meals,” Blake stated. “We drove by the opposite day and noticed the Ferris wheel up so we form of got here on a whim. It’s good after not having any kind of occasions final yr to form of be getting again to regular.”
In a noticeably packed and maskless crowd, Blake stated he was relieved his household had their COVID photographs.
“We’re all vaccinated so we really feel secure being right here,” Blake stated. “We’re all simply actually excited and joyful the truthful is again.”
As for what Blake is most enthusiastic about on the carnival, he stated it was the sense of returning to normalcy that basically stood out.
“It was an actual bummer final yr not having any group occasions occurring,” Blake stated. “I’m simply actually excited to form of be getting again. That’s the principle factor.”
The Carnival and Meals Competition will proceed Sunday with extra dwell shark encounters, dash automobile races, Saint Gabriels Celestial Brass Band, and the Puppets and Gamers Stay Theatre. A fireworks present will cap off the pageant that night time.
The final day for Carnival and Meals Competition is Sunday, Could 30. For these 13 and older entry is $7; youngsters ages 6-12 are $2, youngsters 5 and below are free. Parking will price $8 every day.