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Sonoma County Fair Deaf Awareness Day ~ July 31

July 22, 2011

Join us for Deaf Awareness Day at the Sonoma County Fair!

Last year’s Deaf Awareness Day at the Fair was a resounding success, and organizers are planning for an even bigger turnout this year, with more interpreters covering a wide variety of events at the Fair, as well as interactive games, skits and more at the Deaf Awareness Day stage.

We spoke with one of the Deaf Awareness Day organizers, Marlayne Williams, who told us this year’s theme is “I Can! You Can! We Can!”

Last year was the first year there had been any organized event for the Deaf community in Sonoma County. Even so, it was very well attended, which shows the need for this kind of community activity at the Fair. “The Deaf community is pretty strong here and very supportive of these types of events. I expect at least the same kind of turn out this year, possibly more.”

This year, there will be interpreters at specific shows and events throughout the Fairgrounds (see the schedule below), with two interpreters at the Diamond Jubilee Review – a vaudeville-style show with a variety of entertainers, musicians, and even a magician.

There will also be interpreters at the horse racing seminar, which is at 11: 30 am at the Park Stage, as well as at the race track, for folks who want to learn more about the strategy of horse racing, and placing bets and watching the races.

Also new this year will be an interpreted walk through the main pavilion for anyone who would like to ask questions or buy something from the various vendors and displays.

Schedule of Interpreted Events:

11:30 am – Racing Seminar with Professor Gordon Jones

12:30 pm – Farm Follies Puppet Show

1:00 pm – Splash Dogs!  Diving Dogs

1:30 pm – Diamond Jubilee Review Vaudeville-Style Show

1:30 pm – African Acrobats

3:00 pm – Splash Dogs!  Diving Dogs

3:00 pm – Farm Follies Puppet Show

3:30 pm – Diamond Jubilee Review Vaudeville-Style Show

3:30 pm – African Acrobats

4:00 pm – Valentine’s Performing Pigs (as seen on David Letterman!)

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