The California Mid-State Fair is officially open. While there are many exciting and fun things for people to enjoy, it comes with a price tag.
Fairgoers were given a break on Wednesday with free carnival rides, but the food, drinks, games, and shopping can leave a dent in your wallet.
Admission to the fair is going to cost you anywhere from $10 to $14. Bottled water goes for $3 to $4 and food ranges anywhere from $5 to $15, or even more.
“I expect to spend probably $500 or $600,” said Paso Robles resident Gary Kramer.
“I brought $200 today, and I’m sure I’ll go through it,” said Paso Robles resident Teresa Woodman.
A day at the fair for a family of four can involve all sorts of expenses, “Couple corn dogs, couple drinks, a bucket of fries, and now we’re headed out to the animals, and a lot of water,” said Kramer.
Many visitors say the price is worth it.
“I like to get out. It’s a good experience. It’s a good environment. Everyone is having a lot of fun and they’re all happy, so I’d say for a lot of people it’s worth it,” said Paso Robles resident Rachel Sogaard.
For a family of four, entrance tickets would start the spending at $56. Ride wristbands cost $40 each and a couple of hot Cheeto fries would set you back $25.50. If your family is looking for a sweet treat, four unicorn candy apples would take out $40 dollars, bringing the grand total to about $213.