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Elders are Center Stage at San Mateo County Fair at Annual Senior Day!


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Elders are Center Stage at San Mateo County Fair at Annual Senior Day!

Tuesday, June 14: 11am – 10pm
Seniors 62 and older receive free admission


Special Entertainment & WWII “Rosie the Riveter” Contingent Salute Our Elders
hashtag: # SMCF2016


13 June 2016 – San Mateo, CA: Being all grown up has its advantages: wisdom, the ability to take life’s little challenges more in stride, and free admission on Tuesday, June 14 — “Senior Day” at the San Mateo County Fair (

“The San Mateo County Fair is fun for all ages,” said Dana Stoehr, COO of the Fair. “Having said that, on Senior Day, it’s even more fun — and special and free for those of our wiser and experienced-in-life, 62 and older.”

Sponsor for the annual Senior Day is the San Mateo Daily Journal.

A special addition to this year’s salute to our elders is a contingent of original WWII “Rosie the Riveter” ladies. These homefront veterans, aged 89 to 96, are ongoing volunteers at the World War II Homefront Memorial National Park in Richmond, California situated next to where thousands of “Rosies” worked to build ships, jeeps and other military vehicles in the early 1940s.

“Having the Rosies onsite anytime, anywhere is a great honor,” said Stoehr whose idea it was to include them in the Senior Day festivities. “In addition to a special tribute to the Rosies at 2pm, there will be several exhibitors specifically present for Senior Day from 11am to 3pm. In addition, we’ll have special entertainment that we know our seniors, and Rosies, will enjoy.”

Emphasizing its culinary and mixology offerings this year, Liam Mayclem, internationally recognized “Foodie Chap” of KCBS Radio fame, kicked off the Fair’s opening day. Throughout the week, the free concert series features performers for which the Fair has become rightly famous: Night Ranger (June 11); Lone Star (June 12); The Boys of Summer – Eagles Tribute Band (June 13); Kansas (June 14); Tower of Power (June 15 & 16); The Spinners (June 17); The Peninsula Symphony (June 18); and, of course, the traditional closing-out-of-the Fair Latin Music focused Día De La Feria (June 19).

Sponsors for the 2016 Concert Series at the San Mateo County Fair are: Coors Light, Blue Moon, Gold Rush Getaways, Sleeptrain Mattress Centers, Lifetime, First Choice Communications, Bay Area Air Quality Managment District, Welk Resorts, xfinity, Paradise Spas, SamTrans and the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

In addition to the previously mentioned Free Concerts, there are plenty other offerings — traditional and innovative — including but not limited to the following:

• Butterfly Adventures, where kids can feed butterflies and Pirate Captain Spareribs, a fun filled pirate adventure the delights young people.
• Fair Food – Alligator on a Stick, Fried Kool Aid, and The Healthy Food Fare – Our Healthy Food Fare initiative is back with healthy choices being provided by many Fair vendors. But don’t worry: your Fair favorites will still be available from barbeque to funnel cake.
• Science, Technology, DIY Science Exhibits are back – Young people get hands on experience with innovative new concepts and devices such as 3-D printers. See how much fun a Do-It-Yourself environment can be for kids! In addition, 4-H, Future Farmers of America (FFA), painting, fine art, cooking, literary arts, cooking and healthy eating are just part of the fun.
• Free Grounds Acts – We’re excited to present the debut of the life-size Mousetrap, first introduced at MakerFaire and a huge hit. The 16-piece, 25 ton replica of the classic board game delivers a unique brand of engineering entertainment to kids of all ages. Combining Newtonian physics, performers and good old fashioned elbow grease, the life-size mouse trap utilizes all the six simple machines made from common materials to navigate eight pound bowling balls around a kinetically-driven course. In addition the Fairgoer will see traditional pony rides, pig races, characters strolling throughout the grounds, and much more. This year, new offerings include hypnotist Kellie Karl-Hypnotist, San Francisco street performers, Chef Landry, the Great American Petting Zoo and AgVenture and the “All Alaskan Racing Pigs. ”
• Carnival Rides including The Freak Out is Back! The Fair introduced this new carnival ride in 2014. It flies passengers 40 feet into the air. The Freak Out joins Fair favorites like the Ferris Wheel, Zillerator, and roller coasters

The San Mateo County Fair — “Where Tradition Meets Innovation” — is The Peninsula’s premier, community event for family fun and entertainment: June 11 – 19, 2016. Visit often for regular updates, contest rules, schedules, promotions, and information.