A summertime tradition returns to the fairgrounds in Stockton this Friday when the San Joaquin County Fair celebrates its opening day.

Clowns, balloons, violins on fire, carnival rides, food and more will be on the entertainment schedule for visitors to the three-day fair, according to its website.

Country music group Cynthia Renee & Co will hold two performances on the main stage at the San Joaquin County Fair on Friday. (Courtesy Cynthia Renee & Co)

Taking the main stage at 3 p.m. for country night Friday will be Cynthia Renee & Co and again at 4:30 p.m., while the Thunder Rolls, a Garth Brooks tribute band, will be playing at 8 p.m.

Rock tributes will be expected on the stage Saturday with Spanish music groups closing out the fair on Sunday.

To make the fair more affordable for people, Friday will be “Kids Day,” which allows children 13 and under to receive free admission.

Additionally, Saturday will be “Salute to Our Troops” where free admission will be given until 6 p.m. for people who show a military I.D. at the box office.

Pre-sale general admission tickets range from $7 for adults to $5 for children 6-12 and seniors. They can be purchased on the fair’s website. Parking for the event will cost $10 per vehicle, including motorcycles, and will be provided on a space available basis.

Gates at the fairgrounds at 1658 Airport Way will open at 11 a.m. and the fair will close each day at 10 p.m.

Victoria Franco is a reporter based in Stockton covering San Joaquin County for Bay City News Foundation and its nonprofit news site Local News Matters. She is a Report for America corps member.

Victoria Franco is a Stockton-based reporter covering the diverse news around the Central Valley as part of the Report for America program. As a Stockton native, Franco is proud to cover stories within her community and report a variety of coverage. She is a San Jose State University alumna with a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism. In her collegiate years she was Managing Editor for the Spartan Daily. From her time at the Spartan Daily she helped lead her staff to California College Media Awards and a General Excellence first place. Victoria encourages readers to email her story tips and ideas at victoria.franco@baycitynews.com.