Since 1884, the track was established by a group of local businessmen and professionals who served on the Farm Bureau and Chamber of Commerce, owned by Fresno County and leased to the Fair under a 50-year land lease that allows it to continue to operate. Then in 1941, pari-mutuel wagering came to Fresno. It is one of the first in the country to offer race calls in both English and Spanish and the fifth-largest Fair in the State of California. It also represents the 21st District Agricultural Association, an entity of the California Department of Food and Agriculture Division of Fairs & Expositions.
Moreover, Fresno Fairgrounds also hosts more than 250 annual events such as conventions, trade shows, and banquets in Fresno, California. It also exhibits livestock shows, live horse racing, musical entertainment, educational programs, and more.
This track’s unique mission is to “Educate, Celebrate and Have Fun”. The reason why it provides a link between urban and rural California, serving as a tool to educate visitors on the region’s rich agricultural industry.
It conducts horse racing exclusively on dirt. Aside from racing, it also offers live music featuring some prominent musicians, a VIP area in the grandstand with state-of-the-art plasma TVs and projectors, nine major exhibit buildings, Table Mountain Rancheria Park, and Pavilion amphitheater. They also offer rental facilities: the Agriculture Building with 2,700 capacity; Commerce Building with 3,871 capacity; Fine Arts & Photography Building (Industrial Education) with 1,571 capacity; Gem & Mineral Building with 680 capacity; Industry Commerce Building with 3,571 capacity; Junior Exhibit Building with 2,858 capacity; Livestock Pavilion, Paul Paul Theater with 5,000 capacity; Table Mountain Rancheria Park, The Greenhouse that is 21,063 sq. ft.; and Turf Club – Brian I. Tatarian grandstand.