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California kids now have one more incentive to tackle their summer reading lists.

Building on the success of the past four years, the California State Fair and its new carnival operator, Butler Amusements, will continue with the popular literacy program that rewards youth for reading books.

How it works

The Read to Ride program is simple: read three books, get three free ride tickets. Any California student in kindergarten through eighth grade can read any three books of their choice and fill out a summary report form. (Children in grade 1 or below are allowed to draw pictures instead.) After receiving approval from a teacher, parent or guardian, they simply bring the completed report form to Guest Services at the state fair and receive three free midway ride passes.

“The state fair has always been a haven for families seeking wholesome, affordable entertainment. With discretionary income at an all time low, programs like this are especially important,” said state fair CEO and General Manager Norb Bartosik. “In addition, the Read to Ride program is the perfect way to encourage summer reading and highlight the back-to-school season.”

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