SACRAMENTO, CA - Instead of planning for an August debut, food vendors will fry up treats and ride operators will start-up the ferris wheel as the California State Fair open its doors Wednesday.
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Since the shaky economy has families researching affordable summer trips, fair organizers have worked on different ways for frugal fans to enjoy the rides, food, live events and other exhibits.
According to organizers, vendors needed to reduce their prices by 25 percent in order to participate in this year's fair. Fair spokesman Corey Egel says families can save 50 percent or more if they buy tickets and packages online.
"We have a state fair season pass that is being offered for $29.95," Egel said. "There is also our Poppy Pack that costs less than $40 and comes with four admissions, four ride tickets and a parking pass."
The fair is also rewarding young fans who like to read. Students, in kindergarten up to eighth grade may earn two free carnival rides by reading two books and filling out reports for the fair's "Read to Ride" program.
On Opening Day, the first 5,000 people through the gates will receive a special News10 passport with free fair coupons.