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Parking, shuttles & Uber: Getting to and from the Mid-State Fair

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The California Mid-State Fair in Paso Robles attracts large crowds every year, and with big crowds come limited parking spots. 

While parking can be easy to find during the day, the difficulty comes at night when the crowds start rolling in for the evening entertainment. This year, the Mid-State Fair has made some changes in order to accommodate their guests. 

"In the evening, it's congested. If you've got good shoes, wear them because when it gets crowded you'll need them," said Greg Abney of Atascadero. 

If you arrive at the fair early enough, you will find parking for $10 in the lot on Riverside Avenue. If you're willing to walk, you'll find spots a few streets up from the fair, free of charge, just like Greg and Brooke Jeffrey did.

"This time we came out before everything opened around 9:30 or 10 and there was a lot of free parking available," Greg said.

In order to free Riverside Avenue of traffic congestion, there is no parking permitted between 24th and 17th Streets for the duration of the fair. 

However, if you're not driving, California Mid-State Fair CEO Michael Bradley says you have other options.

"The big change for us in terms of parking isn't so much in the parking, it's our buses and our shuttles, so now those are just a little bit further down the street," he said.

Local shuttle information here

Those shuttles will be picking up and dropping off at Pioneer Park, less than two blocks south of the South Gate entrance to the fair. 

This year, attendees will be able to park at the Cuesta College North County Campus to use the shuttle service, as well as one at SpringHill Suites in Atascadero. 

City-to-city shuttle information here

In addition, for those who want to avoid parking and shuttles altogether, the fair will also be providing an easily accessible Uber pick up/drop off station.

"This year we organized it directly with the Uber organization," Bradley said. "They're working directly with us. It's a short walk in the Pioneer Park section to get to the Uber station."

Uber information here

The Uber station is located at Pioneer Park on 19th Street. 

You also have the option of local taxi companies, and shuttles are also running to and from several area hotels.

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