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Turlock is full of fantastic things to see and do! Turlock is a unique community that attracts thousands of visitors each year to explore its world-famous landmarks and events.

Beekman & Beekman
(209) 667-5812 and on weekends call The Tasting Room at (209) 669-6323

Visit Beekman & Beekman, a five-generation-old farm/apiary on Geer Road, just outside of Turlock. Taste the unique flavors of pure varietal honeys and the wine that premium honey can create. Open February-December, the tasting room’s hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, and 1 p.m.-5 p.m., Sunday. It is closed on holidays.

Carnegie Arts Center
(209) 632-5761, CarnegieArtsTurlock.org

The City of Turlock recently restored and expanded the original Carnegie Library, built in 1916, to house two large exhibition galleries, a multi-use performing arts space, kitchen and dramatic lobby, as well as outdoor gathering areas. Located at 250 N. Broadway, this facility offers a state-of-the-art visual arts center and programs that include classes, performances, lectures and more.

California State University Stanislaus
(209) 667-3122, CSUStan.edu

The CSU Stanislaus campus offers breathtaking scenery that includes waterfalls, bridges, an open-air amphitheatre and sprawling greens. It is the perfect place to picnic, take a scenic walk or enjoy watching Warrior Athletics teams compete. Bernell and Flora Snider Music Recital Hall features a number of renowned theatre productions, recitals and art exhibits. The art gallery is open Noon-4 p.m., Monday-Thursday, and entrance is free.

Hilmar Cheese Company
(209) 656-1196, www.hilmarcheese.com

Just a few miles out of town is the world-famous Hilmar Cheese Company. Learn how cheese is made! An “edutaining” show by “Daisy, the cow director” shows you the full process. Explore hands-on exhibits to learn how farmers care for cows, experience how cheese and whey are processed and you can even dress like a cheesemaker! The facility also features a Visitor Center, a gift shop, ice cream and espresso counter and a café. Open 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday-Saturday, and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday (except major holidays); admission is free. Free self-guided tours are available anytime and guided visits are offered Saturday & Sunday at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Daily summer tours include an ice cream activity and other fun programs.

Historic Downtown Turlock
(209) 634-6459, TurlockDowntown.com

Downtown Turlock is the place to shop! The historic downtown area has undergone a multi-million-dollar renovation, making it a must-see in Turlock. With antique shops, cafés and clothiers, downtown Turlock offers a true “Main Street” experience.

Pageo Lavender Farm
(209) 604-8888, PageoLavenderFarm.com

Located just south of Turlock on Golf Link Road, Pageo is a nice place to relax with a cup of coffee or ice-cold lavender lemonade while enjoying a fresh lavender scone. For more substantial refreshments, call 24 hours in advance for lavender boxed lunches. The gift shop carries unique specialty soaps and lotions, lavender, yarrow and various herbs. The farm is pesticide-free and eco-friendly using reclaimed wood and metal in many of the handmade gifts. Open Lavender Season: May-July, Thursday & Friday 9-5, Saturday 9-1, Sunday 10-4. Off Season: August-Mid October, hours vary. Please call ahead. Open for two weeks in December for holiday shopping.

Regal Turlock Stadium 14
(209) 664-3620

First-run motion pictures on 14 separate screens, located at 2323 W. Main St., just west of the intersection with Hwy. 99.

Turlock Historical Museum
(209) 668-7386, TurlockHistoricalSociety.com

Located in the heart of historical downtown Turlock, this unique museum is open 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Tuesdays & Thursdays, and 1-4 p.m., Saturdays. Admission is free. Located at 108 S. Center St.

Turf Club
(209) 634-2870, StanCoFair.com

Live via satellite, up to 13 tracks per day are broadcast at the Turlock Turf Club, featuring horse racing from selected county fairs every June-October. In addition, the Turlock Turf Club broadcasts races year-round from famous tracks around the International, Calder and Ellis Park.

Turlock Community Theatre
(209) 668-1169, TurlockTheatre.org

Top-name entertainers regularly perform in this beautifully refurbished high school auditorium located at 1574 E. Canal Dr. Every seat in the house is like being in the front row.

Turlock Poker Room
(209) 668-1010, TurlockPoker.com

The Central Valley’s largest satellite to the World Series of Poker, the Turlock Poker Room is “The Biggest Little Card Room in California.” Ten tables are in action with limit Hold ‘em, Omaha and Pan Games. With a Las Vegas-style atmosphere, it’s a great venue for beginning, intermediate and professional players. Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Turlock Poker Room is conveniently located off Hwy. 99 at 2321 W. Main St.

Castle Air Museum
(209) 723-2178, CastleAirMuseum.org

One of the largest aviation museums on the West Coast, Castle Air Museum features nearly 50 military airplanes, ranging from World War II bombers to an SR-71 Blackbird. It also offers a restaurant renowned for its Bomber Burger, a gift shop and an indoor museum. The museum is open daily, except select holidays, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; October 1-March 31 winter hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Located at 5050 Santa Fe Dr., Atwater.

Historic Sierra Railroad Dinner Train
(209) 848-2100 or (800) 866-1690

The Sierra Railroad was formed in 1897 to connect the Central Valley to the Gold Country. As the third-oldest railroad in North America, the Sierra continues to haul freight, carry passengers, make Hollywood movies and play an important role in California. A variety of scenic and entertaining trains ride every week of the year from Oakdale to the foothills. The most popular is the sunset dinner train every Saturday. Located at 330 S. Sierra Ave., Oakdale.

San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery
(209) 854-1040

The nearby San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery is the sixth National Cemetery in the state. Located at the cemetery is the California Korean War Veterans Memorial, a composition of 16 granite slabs etched with the names of 2,495 Californians who gave their lives fighting in the Korean War. The cemetery is open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Located at 32053 McCabe Rd. #W, Gustine.

The Award-Winning Stanislaus County Fair
StanCoFair.com

In addition to awarding more than 30,000 ribbons each year, the Stanislaus County Fair is an award-winning fair itself. In fact, in January 2010, the Western Fairs Association presented the Stanislaus County Fair with four first place awards for Community Outreach Program, Social Media Campaign, Printed Competitive Exhibit Handbook, and Our Best New Idea This Year, Marketing.

Attractions

The fair opens in mid-July on a Friday for a 10-day run. More than 230,000 visitors will pass through our turnstiles for award-winning fun at the largest family-centered event in Stanislaus County. Stroll through our tree-shaded grounds where you’ll find:

• Nightly celebrity concerts included with fair admission!

• Entertainment on four stages!

• Steel grinding, dirt-defying motorsports!

• More than 30 food concessionaires dishing up everything from mouth-watering BBQ ribs to finger-licking cotton candy!

• 30,000 individual competitive exhibits of local talent!

• More than 1,750 animals!

• A “zone” especially for kids!

• More than 35 exhilarating carnival rides!

• And more!

To receive future fair concert announcements by text message, text the word “FAIR” to 99299. Fair enthusiasts can also follow how the 2012 fair is developing at twitter.com/stancofair. In addition, become a fan of the fair at facebook.com/stancofair.

The mission of the Stanislaus County Fair is to provide a family and community oriented experience promoting agriculture, entertainment and technology. For more information about the Stanislaus County Fair log onto its website at www.stancofair.com.

 

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