Friends of the Fair Volunteers & Scholarships

The “Friends” of the California State Fair is the official volunteer organization of the California State Fair. The mission of the Friends of the Fair is to promote public awareness and support for the California Exposition & State Fair. As a charitable non-profit volunteer organization, the Friends serve as year-round ambassadors for the California State Fair and all its related programs.

As a Friend, you will help us give the State Fair a human face through people power. During the Fair, you will act as an Ambassador for the Fair by staffing information booths, assisting with the competitive programs and serving as a host at special events.

In the spring and fall, you will be invited to participate in Cal Expo’s award-winning agricultural and educational program, while also working in various administrative capacities to help plan for the upcoming State Fair.

Sign up now!

Application (PDF)

2014 Scholarship Program

In addition to our State Fair volunteer activities, the Friends are proud to spearhead an annual youth scholarship program that awards many thousands of dollars in grants and scholarships to California Students each year. In 2013, the Friends of the State Fair scholarship program will award over $34,000 to deserving students.

The Friends of the Fair Scholarship Program was initiated in 1993 and is a collaborative effort of the Friends of the California State Fair, the California Exposition & State Fair and the California State Fair Agricultural Advisory Council. Major yearly contributors to the fund include Ironstone Concours D’Elegance Foundation, Blue Diamond Growers, Western Fairs Association, and The California Milk Advisory Board. If you or your organization would like to donate or have an interest in being a major contributor to the scholarship fund, please contact our scholarship coordinator Jake Rowe at 916-263-3636 or

*** Winners of the 2014 Friends of the California State Fair Scholarship Program will be announced after April 11, 2014. Written notice will be send to all who have entered.***

  • 2014 Application – Applications are no longer being accepted for 2014
  • 2014 Guidelines – Please check back in January 2015 for Applications

Special Thanks to Our Scholarship Sponsors:

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Become a Member

We would love to have you join our team. Membership includes an official shirt, a subscription to the newsletter and an opportunity to have fun while serving one of the greatest fairs in North America !

Please submit a completed application form to the Friends of the California State Fair at PO Box 660022, Sacramento, CA 95866. Thank you!

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