Military, Veteran & First Responder Appreciation Day

Military and Veterans standing in a group photo

Thursday, July 21, 2022

For a day revolved around immense appreciation, we invite active duty, reserve and veterans from all branches of the military to enjoy FREE Fair admission. This year, active duty spouses and dependents are also included in FREE admission on this special day.

Military and civilian guests will enjoy a Cooking 911 Challenge at the SaveMart Kitchen, while representatives from military organizations, special exhibits, interactive activities and one-day-only entertainment will all be a part of the festivities!

The whole day is focused on paying gratitude and celebrating the individuals and organizations that keep our country safe.

For FREE Fair admission, veteran or military personnel must present valid military ID or proof of service at the California State Fair’s Box Office. Active first responders and lifeguards must present ID showing first responder or lifeguard status.

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Application Deadline: Thursday, June 30, 2022

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POLICY: One of the fundamental responsibilities of the California Exposition & State Fair (Cal Expo) is to protect the public. In 1998, Cal Expo implemented a policy requiring that all persons conducting business with, employed by, or volunteering at Cal Expo shall provide the necessary personal information to enable their names to be searched through the Department of Justice’s Megan’s Law files. This file consists of records of individuals convicted of specific sex offenses who are required by Penal Code Section 290 to register as sex offenders.

This form must be completed legibly, with all information requested, or it will not be accepted. Typewritten forms may be substituted but must contain the same information in the columnar form and be attached to this form and including names of the person/company, on each page. Submit the information promptly to the Cal Expo Personnel Office prior to the event.

**sworn officers and active military are exempt from the process.**

Download a  Megan’s Law form below, fill it out, and upload it with your application.

Megan's Law Single Applicant Megan's Law Multiple Applicants

Here are more opportunities to participate in the fun!

  • Dinner 911 Cooking Challenge
  • Professional Chef Challenge
  • California Junior Chef Cooking Challenge
  • Postal Service Cooking Challenge
Cooking Challenge Details

Thank you for your interest in performing at the California State Fair Military, Veteran and First Responder Appreciation Day.

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