Cotton candy and corner kicks: Cal Expo officials say the State Fair and FC Republic soccer team can benefit each other by sharing the same site during the next few weeks. FC Republic soccer tickets will double as free admission to the State Fair.

Visitors to the 2014 California State Fair, which runs Friday through July 27, will likely come out to Cal Expo for the same reasons that people always have: interesting exhibits, cool rides and fried food.

Cal Expo General Manager Rick Pickering is looking to steadily make modest changes that attract new visitors to the 160-year-old fair, while keeping those that already love the fair coming back.

A virus that has killed more than 8 million young pigs, devastated hog farms and caused pork prices to jump will shut down the popular piglet exhibit at this year’s California State Fair.

The fire that burned 160 acres at Cal Expo on the Fourth of July poses no threat to Friday’s opening of the California State Fair, fire officials said Wednesday.

See what Mike Dunne, one of the most knowledgeable wine experts in the country and former Bee food critic,had to say about wine and the 2014 State Fair wine competition.

Learn some fun facts about the California State Fair and test your knowledge of State Fair history.

Use this database to see all the 2014 California State Fair cheese winners. Sort by type or brand to see how your favorites scored or find a new cheese to try.

In an annual ritual, hundreds of thousands of the California State Fair faithful line up to binge on fair fare from 125 vendors.

This year’s focus is on farm-to-fork at the Farm and in California’s Kitchen.

Use this database to see all the California 2014 State Fair wine winners, from bronze to double golds. Sort by price, varietal, appellation or brand to see how your favorites scored or find a new wine to try.

Last week, the enormous plywood displays for Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Placer, Sacramento, San Joaquin and Tuolumne counties were transported to Cal Expo, placed among other county exhibits and readied for the California State Fair’s 700,000 visitors.

The California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition was held from June 4 through June 6, and now we know who earned medals in what’s billed as the country’s oldest wine competition. The gold medalists include a brand that’s often used as a punchline in the world of wine: Sutter Home White Zinfandel, an off-dry pink wine that costs $6.

Known for such sheep’s milk cheeses as Fat Bottom Girl, Marin County cheesemaker also wins for new Moolicious Blue.

Free admission tickets to the California State Fair will be handed out to blood donors Friday at Cal Expo during Dia de Donar Sangre – Blood Donation Day.

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