Participate in the School Ticket Program

 School Ticket Program - All elementary school students will receive one admission ticket to the fair. All elementary schools must fill out the form attached and be sure it is sent before Friday, April 10. Tickets will then be printed off in late April and in early May tickets will be available for pick up. As a reminder these tickets are specific to students only and may not be used by adults. Instead last year, we provided each school with 20 adult tickets. We will do so again this year.

School Tour Program - We provide a behind the scenes tour of our county fair from Monday, June 15 to Thursday, June 18 at 9am, 10am and 11am. This is open to all elementary school classes. In 2019, the tour included stops at the Black History Museum, the Petting Zoo, the San Mateo County Library Bookmobile, the San Mateo County Library Lookmobile, the Australian Outback Exhibit, the Hiller Aviation Exhibit, the Super Science Exhibit and the Butterfly Exhibit. These tours are at no cost to the schools. We are also able to provide school buses at no cost to the schools. 

In 2019, we had schools visit from Daly City, Half Moon Bay, Redwood City, East Palo Alto and San Mateo.

The Read2Ride Program is available to any student 8th grade and younger. The Read2Ride program encourages the reading of books. After a student has read a book, they must complete a book report. This book report must be given to the fair in exchange of one ride ticket for each student. Students can submit upwards to two book reports for two ride tickets.

School Ticket Program at the San Mateo County Fair

FAQ's

How do I participate?
Participating is easy!  Just fill out the specific form or contact the Fair Department (650) 574-3247 to get your name on the list.  The Fair Department will confirm enrollment numbers for each district or participating school.  The Fair will gather all the tickets and distribute them to the schools in mid-May.  All we need  from you is a “Yes” and the number of enrolled elementary school students.
 
What are the grades that can participate?
We want to provide tickets for every elementary school student in the county, for our purposes we consider elementary school to be grades Kindergarten to 5th grade.
 
Does my school have to be in San Mateo County?
Yes.  We hope to provide a ticket to all elementary school students in San Mateo County.  If your school is in Santa Clara County, or Alameda County, please check with your county fair as they may have similar programs available for tickets.
 
What if my school is a private school?
We want you to participate!  This program is open to all elementary school students in San Mateo County.  To participate, please just contact the Fair Department and fill out the specific form.  The Fair Department will confirm the enrollment numbers with the school and make sure that tickets are mailed.
 
What if I am homeschooled?
We want you to participate!  This program is open to all elementary school students in San Mateo County.  To participate, please just contact the Fair Department and fill out the specific form.  The Fair Department will confirm the enrollment numbers with the school and make sure that tickets are mailed.
 
When will tickets be distributed?
We hope to have all the tickets distributed in mid-May.  All schools participating must submit their information to the Fair Department by May 1, 2019 in order for us to get the tickets distributed on time.