Military & Veteran Appreciation Day

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Presented by Vitalant

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. Military and civilian guests will enjoy a MRE cooking challenge, a showcase of military vehicles, representatives from military organizations, and other special entertainment. The whole day is focused on paying gratitude and celebrating the individuals and organizations that keep our country safe.

For free admission, veterans or military personnel must present valid military ID or proof of service at the California State Fair’s Box Office. Free admission is expanded to include Active Duty Spouses and Dependents until 3:00 p.m. (must show valid military ID).

Coming Soon

Here are more opportunities to participate in the fun!

MRE Cooking Challenge

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 & Food Festival, Military & Veteran Appreciation Day.