in Kings and Fresno counties
Communities surrounding NAS Lemoore reflect the many contrasts of California living. County fairs, festivals, concerts in the park, a renaissance faire — all reflect a small-hometown atmosphere of rural America. Yet within a two- to four-hour drive are some of the nation’s largest cities and major tourist attractions, which draw millions of visitors each year.
To the north lies San Francisco, an international tourist destination with its renowned steep, rolling hills, eclectic mix of Victorian and modern architecture and famous landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars and Chinatown. To the south lies Los Angeles, the second-largest city in the United States and home to Hollywood — the entertainment capital of the world.
To the west lies the Pacific Ocean with scenic coastal Highway 1 that connects such spectacular seaside cities as Morro Bay and Monterey. To the east lies the Sierra Mountain Range — home to three national parks (Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon) and world-class skiing at China Peak in the Sierra National Forest.
But from Kings and Fresno counties, you can’t see the mountains or the ocean. Instead you see thousands of acres of level cropland extending to the horizon, all part of the San Joaquin Valley, sometimes called “the nation’s salad bowl” for the great array of fruits and vegetables grown in its fertile soil.
Residents of Kings and Fresno counties have dozens of different annual events, festivals and community gatherings at their fingertips.
The Big Fresno Fair
Every year in October, more than 600,000 visitors enjoy live entertainment, carnival rides, food, vendors and more at the Big Fresno Fair. Some of the events include cow milking demonstrations, an olive oil competition, a brew fest and hypnotism shows.
Kings County Fair
Since 1946, these fairgrounds have provided agriculture and livestock education, entertainment and fun to the Kings County community. Every year in June, people from across the county flock to the fair to see live entertainment, experience the carnival rides and sample delicious food. The fairground also hosts events throughout the year including dog shows, car shows and RV rallies.
Renaissance of Kings Faire
This annual event in Hanford takes place during the first weekend in October. The free event features arts, crafts, comedy, music, dance shows, costume performers, authentic renaissance faire food and more.
Rockin’ the Arbor
The Lemoore Chamber of Commerce’s summer event, Rockin’ the Arbor, is a concert series, presented every Friday night from mid-June to mid-July.
Selma Raisin Festival
The annual Selma Raisin Festival takes place at the end of April or early May. The event includes a carnival, entertainment and food booths, and the crowning of Raisin Royalty. There are also poetry, art, photography and horticulture exhibits as well as displays from local businesses.