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The Cal Expo Media Center is open 30 days prior to the start of the California State Fair. Cal Expo values media coverage and encourages media to attend the State Fair to gather story content.


A media credential grants the bearer admission to the Fair, access to Parking Lot C and to the Media Center through Gate 3. Live trucks can access the grounds through Gate 12 (Ethan Way) with prior approval. Media credentials are for working media only and must be visibly displayed at all times. No complimentary credentials or tickets will be extended to family or guests of the media. Please note that Cal Expo reserves the right to verify the validity of any media organization in advance of providing credentials. 

In order to receive your media credential(s), be sure to fill out the proper forms (available June 14, 2017) and have a copy of the media person’s picture identification card. Media credentials are transferable within a station/publication, but each individual planning to use the credential must provide a photocopied ID.

Applications can be completed and submitted by clicking the link below. You will receive an email after your application has been processed with  information on when you may pick up your media credential(s).

Click here for media approved Fair photos.

Click here for our social media policy.

Applications for 2017 media credentials are closed.