Perris: Barrel Racing Kicks Off the Start of the Southern California Fair Tomorrow, Saturday, October 6

The Fair Starts this Saturday and Runs through Next Sunday

The Southern California Fair begins this weekend in Perris, and the Riverside County Barrel Racers will kick off the fun with a two day race starting on opening day, Saturday at 9 am at McElhinney Arena.

The racing continues all day Sunday. The fair doesn’t officially open until 11 am, so a special ticket booth will be set up outside the arena for the barrel races. The race is open to anyone to enter.

After the Barrel Race concludes, the Riverside County Barrel Racers (RCBR) will conduct a series of Barrel Racing Classes on both days. Categories are broken down to youth (17 and under), novice (for anyone who is just starting out in barrel racing), and  seniors (45 and up) .

On Saturday, the RCBR will also have a pole bending class after the barrel racing classes are over. The RCBR team’s goal is to provide a safe, fun, and a professional atmosphere for people wanting to compete.

The RCBR will be giving away custom sterling silver belt buckles, horse halters, horse treats and supplements, and custom sterling silver bracelets.

Some of the competitors have been on the professional rodeo circuit and others have been to the “Super Bowl of rodeo”, the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.

The fair will run through Sunday, October 14th.

There will be plenty of fun activities throughout the week, including magic, hay bucking, hypnotism, music, duck races, monster trucks, goat milking and a longest-beard contest. And don’t forget the fantastic food.

Check out the Fair’s schedule online at for the times of your favorite events.




Weekends: 11 am to 11 pm

Monday-Thursday: 4 pm to 11 pm

Friday: 12 noon to 11 pm

On-site admission is $10 for adults 13 and older; $8 for seniors 60 and older, and $5 for children from 5 to 12.

Kids 4 and younger are free. Parking is $8.

The fairgrounds are located at 18700 Lake Perris Drive. 

The parking entrance is at Gate B, off of Lake Perris Drive.

Photo of Barrel Racing by Mark Blakley