Enjoy Rockin’ Music of the 50’s with unforgettable performances on opening night: Captain Cardiac and the Coronaries take to the stage on Wednesday, April 26. Santa Barbara legends Ernie and the Emporers return to their home stage to Rock and Roll with us on Thursday, April 27. Both shows start at 6pm.
Bring an friend and share the BOGO Rockin’ Fun!
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The Famous All-Alaskan Racing Pigs are a team of the fastest and funniest athletes to serve up entertainment anywhere! Flat-track racing and hurdling are their specialties, but a good gag is always on the menu. Sourdough Jack and Soapy Smith have been cooking up fun since their first races in Fairbanks, Alaska. Don’t miss them at a fair or festival near you – You Never Sausage a Show!
Be on the lookout! You never know what you'll see rolling through the Santa Barbara Fair and Expo! The Robocars are half-robots and half-cars that will make your children smile with delight. It's a gas to watch these far-out action figures transform into fast action wheels right before your eyes!
Come see this artist turn fruits and vegetables into works of art with a turn of a knife.
Forget what they say about not playing with food -- or knives. Ray Duey does both, and the results are unexpected. A turnip turns into a daisy, an eggplant into a leaf and an avocado into a hand grenade.
Duey, an acclaimed produce carver from Torrance, will show off some of his tricks in "Happy Days Hall" (Warren Hall) at the Santa Barbara Fair and Expo. Come say hello ands enjoy the show. Chef Garnish will give you some tips!
Professor Smart Science Show
Kid's Pedal Tractor Pull
Swing Dance Contest
2017 FEATURED PERFORMERS
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Frank Thurston, Magician
Frank Thurston is a magician par excellence with a special talent for making animals out of balloons, rope tricks, card tricks and making people laugh. Coming to us live from the Magic Castle in Hollywood, Frank performs tricks and treats that will amaze and mystify you. His fun-filled interactive show is packed with laughter. It is sure to please your family: Moms love him and Kids wonder just how does he do that? "Don't worry kids I'm not going to put you in a trance and make you do something silly like...go home and clean your room!"
James Kellogg, Jr., Hypnotist
James Kellogg, Jr. is a Master Hypnotist, a Registered and Certified Hypnotherapist and a Master Magician. He has been delighting audiences with his magic since he was 7 years old. He knew he was hooked for life when he won the Gong Show at the age of 10. He is of the most sought after performers today. His stage credits are quite extensive including; Television, Film, Radio and literally thousands of Casino Performances, Corporate events, Colleges, High Schools, Fairs & Festivals around the country and overseas. Mr. Kellogg's affiliations and some highlights from his career include:
- Member, American Board of Hypnotherapy
- Member, National Guild of Hypnotists
- Member, Academy of Magical Arts, Inc. (Magic Castle)
- Member, International Brotherhood of Magicians
- Member, Society of American Magicians
- Member, Magic Guild of Southern California
- Headline Act for numerous stage productions including "A Magical Night", Brooks Theater, "A Night of Magic", Fallbrook Theater, and may more.
- Featured Corporate Magician for: Legoland California, Morton Salt, Southwest Airlines, Mercedes Benz, Allstate Insurance Co., Home Depot, United Airlines, Southern California Edison, Washington Mutual Bank, Hilton Hotels, Callaway Golf, Union Pacific Railroad, and many more.
- Recent Performances include: Featured on TLC's hit show LA INK when he hypnotized Kat Von D to quit smoking, Knott's Berry Farm, Legoland California, Harrah's Rincon Casino and numerous private appearances at High Schools, Colleges, Universities and Military events.
The Arty Loon Show
With over 18 years of experience and over 1000 shows
under his Hat, Arty Loon is one of the funniest and most
entertaining family entertainers in the world. At age 14,
Arty became a member of the Magic Castle's junior
magicians program, and since then has been astounding
audiences all over the world! Arty takes his love of magic,
juggling, puppetry, and balloon twisting, and combines it all
in one fantastic show!
Captain Cardiac and the Coronaries
Captain Cardiac and the Coronaries have been one of this country's premier rock and roll party shows since 1972. Their high voltage performances have been enjoyed worldwide including the US, Europe, Canada, and Mexico. They have been featured performers at world-class venues in addition to their appearances at three Super Bowls and the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas. They always leave the crowds screaming for more! So fasten your seat belts, get ready for take off and get set to "blast into the past" on opening night, Wednesday, April 26 from 6-8 PM.
Ernie and the Emperors
Ernie and The Emperors started their career as the opening act for the Isley Brothers at the Earl Warren Showgrounds in Santa Barbara. Soon after, having won numerous Battle of the Bands competitions, they were made the official house band for the venue. They will return home for a special engagement where it all began: The Santa Barbara Fair and Expo, Thursday, April 27, 6-8PM.
After signing a deal with Reprise Records in 1965, they enjoyed a Number 1 hit, Meet Me At The Corner (backed with Got A Lot I Want To Say), in the California Gold Coast locale of Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo counties.
The Emperors carried out a full performance schedule that took them all over the state and won them thousands of fans. For a long time they held the distinction of being the Tri-Counties' top band. When bass man Randy Busby left, Denny and Kenny Fricia stepped in and the band changed their name to Giant Crab. As each of the members were drafted into the military the band changed, but upon returning they re-reformed, releasing a string of singles and two LPs, quickly gaining a reputation as a hard rocking band.
In 1968 Greg Munford, lead vocalist in the Strawberry Alarm Clock hit, Incense and Peppermints, also joined Giant Crab as a studio artist and performed with the band in Wolfman Jack's California College Tour. Later, Greg Munford also performed in the Southeast Tour with the band.
In 1969 Ernie Joseph changed his musical direction with the driving rock Confusion album, teaming up with brothers "Ruben the Jet" (Brian Faith), Cory (Cory Colt), and drummer Steve Dunwoodie (Stevie D), to tour the southeastern states as Big Brother Ernie Joseph, a tour that included the Love Valley Music Festival near Greensboro, NC). While on tour they performed with the Allman Brothers Band, Bruce Springsteen & Steel Mill, members of the Marshall Tucker Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Greg Munford and Ed King of the the Strawberry Alarm Clock.
The brothers continued to perform as Big Brother Ernie Joseph, Faith, and currently as the Brian Faith Band, producing CDs and videos not only of themselves, but many noted artists. They have worked with such notables as Ritchie Blackmore (Deep Purple, Rainbow, and Blackmore's Night), Tim Bogert (Vanilla Fudge), Eddie Brigati (the Young Rascals), Cornelius Bumpus (the Doobie Brothers), Kenny Cetera (Chicago), Burleigh Drummond (Ambrosia), Bobby Harris (the Drifters), Doug Ingle (Iron Butterfly), Christian Love (son of Mike love of The Beach Boys), Steve Lukather (Toto), Peter Noone (Herman's Hermits), Roy Orbison, Katy Perry, Rare Earth, Jamie Shane (Canned Heat), Floyd Sneed (Three Dog Night), Nick St. Nicholas (Steppenwolf), Toad the Wet Sprocket, Hubert Tubbs Tower of Power), Chuck Wild (Missing Persons), and many more.
Catch the wave as Ernie and the Emperors return home to The Santa Barbara Fair and Expo, Thursday, April 27, 6-8PM.
It’s time to apply for the 2017 Santa Barbara Fair & Expo! Fair dates are Wed. April 26 – Sun. April 30.
Please fill out all the information on the application and return by mail or fax no later than March 13, 2017. All acts being considered must send in an application!
Earl Warren Showgrounds
3400 Calle Real
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
Fax: 805 569-5595
Please note that the performances are on community stages and there are no payments for these acts. Passes are for entertainers and vehicles with equipment only. Passenger vehicles and friends or family of entertainers must pay full fair admission.
Please be patient – we receive a lot of applications. You will receive a call as soon as possible after the deadline.
If you would like to be included in the program, web site and advertising, please email your bio information and publicity photos as soon as possible to email@example.com.
This year’s theme is “Back to the 50’s” and anything you can do to stick to the theme, (costumes, song selections, etc.) will be appreciated.
Thank you for your interest in this year’s Fair and Expo.