Members Hospitality Now In Blue Devil Bench building.
If you haven't checked it out yet, visit the Friends of the Fair hospitality suite in our new digs in the north half of the Blue Devil Bench building between the Grandstand and the Sheep Barn. Our refreshments and snacks will be sponsored by Yosemite Farm Credit on Wednesday, and by American Ag Credit on Thursday and Friday, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. All members of Friends of the Merced County Fair are invited to stop in and relax with your Friends.
Hilmar Cheese Puts Name on New Barn
Hilmar Cheese Company Inc. has made a $250,000 gift to Friends of Merced County Fair (FMCF) to secure naming rights for a new Big Barn at the fairgrounds. The donation puts FMCF in a position to complete plans and possibly break ground on the new facility yet this year.
“Hilmar Cheese Company was founded more than 25 years ago and we are fortunate to be a part of such a strong agricultural community,” said Richard Clauss, chairman of the Hilmar Cheese Company board of directors. “This barn represents an investment to build on our strong Merced County agriculture and lay the foundation for the future.”
Hilmar Cheese Barn has a new location
Instead of where the sheep and swine barns are now, the Big Barn will be built on the parking lot South along Childs Avenue, near Nolet Arena. This allows the sheep barn to continue its use after repairing the roof. The dilapidated hog barn will still be torn down and will initially be left as open space.