The Antelope Valley Fair provides an opportunity to get back to basics every year. It always features friendly farming competitions, photographic and artistic presentations, and concerts that take you back to your youth.
Among the musical acts at this year’s AV Fair are REO Speedwagon, Gabriel Iglesias and Charlie Daniels. But, for others who don’t have memories tied to one of these specific artists, there are many more concerts. The 2019 lineup includes:
Big & Rich with Cowboy Troy
Williams and Ree
Grandstand seats are free for all concerts with paid AV Fair admission and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. There is specialized seating as well:
Gold Circle – $80
Front Track – $55
Back Track – $30
Standing Room Only – $22
There is free grandstand admission for the Figure 8 Race and Rural Olympics with Fireworks, but there is an admission fee (no free seating) for the Monster Trucks/Demo Derby, also held in the arena.
This year’s tagline for the 10-day fair is “Sweet Delights & Carnival Lights.” There are youth exhibitors, some showing livestock and others creating artwork or displaying table settings. Animal competitions for juniors include the Model Chicken Coop contest, a Junior Dog Show, and an Organic Fed Hog Show.
Residents of all ages enter similar categories of competition. The livestock barn includes cows, lambs, goats and pigs, and there’s the Antelope Valley Open Llama Show at the fairgrounds. Among the competitions involving llamas, there are categories for kids. The Llama Display Contest honors exhibitors who use attractive, innovative display techniques to promote llamas. There’s also a Llama Costume Contest open to all ages.
Some of the good, old-fashioned fair exhibits are part of this year’s activities as usual: Baked Goods and Confections; Canned and Preserved Foods; Clothing, Needlework, Quilts and Textiles; Antique Glass; Ceramics and Pottery; Porcelain and Cloth Dolls and Teddy Bears; Miniatures; Wearable Fashion; Photography; and Table Settings.
Admission prices range from $9 for juniors to $35 for unlimited ride wristbands, but there are many opportunities for free admission. There are special days set aside with free admission for seniors, members of the military and others.
The Antelope Valley Fair dates are August 16-25 and it is located at 2551 West Avenue H in Lancaster.
For prices and dates with special admission, plus more information about the 2019 Antelope Valley Fair, visit AVFair.com.