Event organizers say the scorching past couple summers has kept people away, even though there were 673,000 attendees at last year’s 17-day event.
The California State Fair isn't until July, but some of the judging has already taken place. Dozens of judges were in West Sacramento this past weekend to sample 1,580 beers that were entered this year.
Turnstiles clicked early and often at the just-completed California State Fair, as officials say total attendance was nearly 788,000, with a single-day draw on July 18 the largest in 10 years.
The California State Fair begins Friday at Cal Expo in Sacramento. The theme this year is "The Best" of California. Highlights include a beer and wine showcase, 11 days of thoroughbred racing and a national drone racing championship.
This year's California State Fair ended on a high note.
How was attendance in this year's California State Fair
California's counties are on display at the 2014 State Fair. Multimedia producer Andrew Nixon found some fun details in the main exhibit hall at Cal Expo.
Livestock, science, new food combinations, thrill rides and more are all ready for viewing at the 161st California State Fair at Cal Expo in Sacramento.
Did you eat your way through this opening weekend of the California State Fair? The challenge is to be able to eat some of the wild and tempting choices but not pack on a massive amount of calories.