Free fair tickets for San Mateo County elementary school students

South San Francisco, Ca   April 23, 2019 Submitted by Rorex Marketing

Free admission and carnival ride tickets are for the taking for students who reside in San Mateo County.

Three unique student-focused programs are offered by the San Mateo County Fair that promote reading, education and affordable family fun.  The fair’s “Ticket to Fair” program offers a free fair ticket to every elementary school student in San Mateo County.  The “2 Books = 2 Rides” program provides two free carnival rides to students 8th grade and under who complete book reports.  And the fair’s “Free Class Tours” features a tour of the fair, including time with the kangaroos and wallabies. In 2019, more than free 25,000 tickets were distributed to students.


“We are committed to providing access to the fair experience to as many students as possible,” said Dana Stoehr, CEO of the San Mateo Event Center and Fair. “The fair is an educational experience in a fun and entertaining way.”


Ticket to Fair Program: This outreach program works directly with elementary schools in San Mateo County. The program is open to all elementary school students, grades kindergarten through 5th grade, including public, private and homeschooled students. To receive complimentary tickets for the 2019 fair, complete an order form by no later than May 1. The form is available online at


2 Books = 2 Rides:  The literacy program is sponsored by Butler Amusements and is for students in 8th grade or below.  To participate, students must receive their teacher’s approval of the books. After reading two books, the student must submit two book reports in exchange for two complimentary carnival ride tickets. Book reports may be redeemed at the fair’s Guest Services booth in the kids’ carnival area. For more information regarding this program, and detailed rules, visit


Class tour visits Butterfly Adventure exhibit at 2018 fair


Class Tours:  This program provides a behind-the-scenes tour for schools still in session and seeking an exciting field trip.  Tours include a private visit to the Petting Zoo, Aussie Outback with kangaroos & wallabies and the Butterfly Experience where kids can feed the butterflies. The guided tours also include a stroll through the Expo Hall, filled with thousands of creative exhibits and the Bookmobile presented by San Mateo County Libraries.  At the conclusion of the tour, each student receives a free fair ticket, good for a return visit with their family. Tours are limited to classes only and must be requested by the homeroom teacher.


To schedule a school tour, or for more information on any of the fair’s student-focused programs contact Justin Aquino, fair operations manager, at


The award-winning San Mateo County Fair is the Peninsula’s premier community event for family fun and entertainment. The San Mateo County Fair strives to provide a diverse experience through education, inspiration and entertainment. The annual fair represents a celebration of our community’s talent, interests, innovations and rich agricultural and artistic heritage. The theme of the 2019 Fair is “Celebrating the Best of the Bay” and runs June 8 through June 16.


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