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It's fair time on the Central Coast! Journey, Santana among the headliners for 2022 Mid-State Fair

Eric Tompkins
The California Mid-State Fair begins its 12-day run Wednesday in Paso Robles.

Fair's 12-day run starts Wednesday at the Paso Robles Event Center.

The biggest county fair in the Tri-Counties is set to kick off its 2022 run Wednesday, with some major rock and country music bands as headliners.

The California Mid-State Fair will take place during the next 12 days in Paso Robles.

The rock band Journey will perform in the main grandstand area Wednesday night. Country Star Darius Rucker takes the stage Thursday night, and Old Dominion will headline on Friday night.

Santana and John Fogerty are among the shows set for next week. In addition to the big shows, the fair features traditional events like livestock shows, carnival rides, and a rodeo.

A scaled down version of the fair took place last year, attracting more than 200,000 people. In pre-pandemic years, the fair would have more than 400,000 visitors annually.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.