The California State Fair & Food Festival celebrated the end of an already strong week by drawing sellout crowds to the Golden 1 Stage during its second annual Youth Mariachi competition. The tournament, in partnership with Univision, featured an exhilarating competition between the state’s top youth mariachi teams and was followed by a vibrant performance from the world-famous mariachi group, Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán, performing as part of the Toyota Concert Series.

“It’s exciting to see communities throughout California come together to celebrate our golden state’s rich Mariachi tradition in a festive and fun way,” said Rick Pickering, Cal Expo General Manager and CEO. “We truly enjoyed showcasing such talented young people in partnership with Univision.”

Of the nine competing teams from across the state, Los Angeles County’s Mariachi Tesoro de San Fernando took home and defended their title of “Best of the best in California,” for the second year in a row and performed on stage with Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán as they opened the show to a sell-out crowd.

Mariachi Master Apprentice Program of San Fernando (Mariachi Tesoro) received $5,000 for use towards their Mariachi program. Mariachi Chavez Juvenil of Stockton took second place honors and received a $3,000 check. Third place winner, Mariachi Academy of Music Los Toritos from Santa Clara, received a $2,000 check.

“Mariachi music is a beloved cornerstone of Mexican culture whose sounds and rhythms have moved Californians for generations. Univision was proud to partner with the California State Fair to help keep this tradition alive through the 2nd Annual Youth Competition that brought nine of the state’s best mariachi to compete during an incredible night of culture and music,” said Steve Stuck, President and General Manager of Univision Sacramento.

All competitors and families received free admission into the California State Fair & Food Festival and were given the opportunity to enjoy the many rides and festivities the Fair has to offer.

More information about the tournament can be found here. For additional information regarding the Mariachi competition, contact the media team at 916-263-3108.

The California State Fair is an international award-winning fair, receiving top honors at the International Association of Fairs and Expositions out of more than 1,100 fairs world-wide. The California State Fair is dedicated as a place to celebrate the best the state has to offer in agriculture, technology and the diversity of its people, traditions and trends that shape the Golden State’s future. We invite you to join us for the 166th California State Fair, July 12 – 28, 2019.

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