Announces a star-studded performer lineup for 2017

eli-young-bandThe Eli young Band will be performing at the Fair on Saturday, February 18th at 7:30 p.m. With three number one hits under their belt as well as a Grammy nomination and an Academy of Country Music Award for Song of the Year for their hit “Crazy Girl,” the Eli Young Band approached their second Republic Nashville album, 10,000 Towns, with a sense of confidence and purpose. “We were genuinely excited about making this new record,” says bassist Jon Jones.


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Voz de Mando will be performing at the Fair on Sunday, February 19th at 7:30 p.m. The band made a name for itself with the self-released albums Levantando la Vos (2009) and 12 Impactos de Alto Calibre (2009). The early success led to a contract with Universal’s Latin music imprint Disa Records. In 2010, they made their major label debut with Con la Nueva Federacion. One of several songs on the album written by Gaxiola brother Miguel, the corrido “Comandos del M.P. (500 Balazos),” was a breakout hit single for the group, reaching the Top Ten in the Billboard Regional Mexican Songs chart.


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Cheap Trick will be performing at the Fair Friday, February 24th at 7:30 p.m. Cheap Trick is part of the very fiber of American music, inspiring and delighting generations with their unique union of massive melodies and razorblade riffs, their own special brand of mischievous wit and maximum rock ‘n’ roll. Frontlined since 1974 by Robin Zander (vocals, rhythm guitar), Rick Nielsen (lead guitar) and Tom Petersson (bass guitar), the Rockford, IL-born band is set to impact still another era with the spectacular new BANG ZOOM CRAZY…HELLO, their 17th studio collection and first in more than five years.


 

war-splash-1WAR will take the stage at the Fair on Friday, February 25th at 7:30 p.m. WAR spoke out against racism, hunger, gangs, crimes and turf wars as they climbed the charts with hits such as, “Low Rider,” “Don’t Let No One Get You Down,” “Why Can’t We Be Friends?,” “The Cisco Kid” and “Slippin’ Into Darkness.” WAR’s global popularity is a tribute to the timelessness of its music and message. Perhaps, nothing epitomizes this truth greater than the fact that WAR has twice been honored by its hometown of Los Angeles, over twenty years apart, for its music making positive contributions to the betterment of the community. “There will always be a reason to play our songs,” says singer/keyboardist Lonnie Jordan.


 

On the last day of the Fair, Sunday, February 26th, Super Fiesta will pack the house with excitement. Performing in the Fantasy Springs Concert Pavilion at 3pm is Los Areyes La Sierra and Sonora Santanera.

Presented by Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, as always, the headliner entertainment is included with the price of Fair admission. 

New in 2017 is Robosaurus and Jest In Time Circus. You won’t want to miss the world’s largest transformer will stun fairgoers with thirty tons of car-crushing, fire breathing, awe-inspiring entertainment on closing Sunday of the Fair, February 26th. Families are sure to be delighted by the physical comedy and juggling acts of the Jest in time Circus at the Family Fun Stage daily! Back, and always a favorite are the hilarious and unpredictable Camel & Ostrich Races, the Marvelous Mutts, WGAS Monster Trucks & Demo Derby and the Nightly Musical Pageant. The Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival is a sure way to entertain the entire family, and all at the price of a single admission ticket!

2017 Fair Schedule

Special Events

Opening Ceremony & Blessing of the Dates (Feb 17th at 9:30am)

Salute to America (Nightly at 6pm)

Nightly Musical Pageant (Nightly at 6:15pm)

Livestock Auction (Feb 25th at 10am)

Hedrick’s Camel & Ostrich Races

Friday, February 17

Opening Ceremony & Blessing of the Dates at 9:30am

Hedrick’s Hedrick’s Camel & Ostrich Races at 3pm – Grandstand Arena

Cooking with Dates at 1:30pm – Taj Mahal

Academy of Musical Performance (AMP) at 5pm- Family Fun Stage

Salute to America at 6pm – Pageant Stage

Nightly Musical Pageant at 6:15pm – Pageant Stage

Saturday, February 18

Hedrick’s Hedrick’s Camel & Ostrich Races at 11am – Grandstand Arena

Amateur Date Recipe Contest at 2pm – Taj Mahal

Humpz & Hornz Bull Riding at 5pm – Grandstand Arena

Eli Young Band at 7:30pm – Fantasy Springs Concert Pavilion

Sunday, February 19

Hedrick’s Camel & Ostrich Races at 11am – Grandstand Arena

Cooking with Dates at 1:30pm – Taj Mahal

Monster Trucks, Junior Outlaw Sprints & Mini Dwarfs Racing at 3:00pm & 5:00pm – Grandstand Arena

Voz de Mando at 7:30pm – Fantasy Springs Concert Pavilion

Monday, February 20

President’s Day Parade at 9am

Magic Carpet Music Scholarship Winners Perform at 10:45am – Magic Carpet Stage

Hedrick’s Camel & Ostrich Races at 11am – Grandstand Arena

Cooking with Dates at 1:30pm – Taj Mahal    

WGAS Motorsports Monster Trucks & Freestyle Moto X at 3pm & 7:30pm – Grandstand Arena

Tuesday, February 21 thru Thursday, February 23

MID-WEEK ENTERTAINMENT AT THE MAGIC CARPET STAGE…

The Mighty Del Tones – February 21st at 2pm & 4:30pm – Magic Carpet Stage

Smooth Sounds of Santana – February 22nd at 2pm & 4:30pm – Magic Carpet Stage

Southbound & Company “Buddy Holly Review” – February 23rd at 2pm & 4:30pm – Magic Carpet Stage

Hedrick’s Camel & Ostrich Races at 3:00pm – Grandstand Arena

Friday, February 24

Cooking with Dates at 1:30pm – Taj Mahal

Hedrick’s Camel & Ostrich Races at 3pm – Grandstand Arena

Cheap Trick at 7:30pm – Fantasy Springs Concert Pavilion

Saturday, February 25

Livestock Auction at 10:00am – Livestock Pavilion

Hedrick’s Camel & Ostrich Races at 11am – Grandstand Arena

Monster Trucks, Junior Outlaw Springs & Mini Dwarfs Racing at 3pm & 5pm – Grandstand Arena

Dragster Test Tractor Pull Demo at 4:00pm – Grandstand Arena

War at 7:30pm – Fantasy Springs Concert Pavilion

Sunday, February 26

Hedrick’s Camel & Ostrich Races at 12pm – Grandstand Arena

Cooking with Dates at 1:30pm – Taj Mahal

SUPERFIESTA at 3pm – Fantasy Springs Concert Pavilion

featuring Los Dareyes La Lierra, Sonora SantaneraRobosaurus – Worlds Largest Transformer at 4pm – Grandstand Arena

WGAS Motorsports, Demolition Derby at 6pm – Grandstand Arena

Daily Entertainment Catch great acts all over the Fair grounds!

Lanky the Clown

Jules physical comedy      

Hilby the German Juggle Boy

Din Din Walk-around character

Crafts & Hobbies Building: Quilters Demo (11am-6pm), Coachella Valley Model Railroaders Train Club Demo (11am-12pm, 3-4pm)                

Daily Petting Zoo  – Livestock 10:00 am – 8:00 pm

The Rawhide Express “Trackless Train” (10am – 12pm & 2pm – 5pm)

Carnival Rides 11am – 10pm on Tuesday – Thursday and 10am – midnight on weekends.

For more info or to purchase tickets go to datefest.org or call 800-811-FAIR.

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