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What to Do at the Sonoma County Fair — Thursday, July 28

July 27, 2011

Hello Fair Fan!

Wondering what you should see and do at the fair tomorrow? Look no further. Here are some ideas to get you started.

First off, it’s Kids Day at the Fair! Children 12 and under get in for free! It’s also the Petaluma Community Day.

Gates open at 11:00 am and close at 11:00 pm, which gives you plenty of time to see everything!

Racing fans should be in Shade Park by 11:30 am if they want to get the inside scoop on the daily horse races. Michael Patricks and Professor Gordon Jones will be sharing their collective expertise at handicapping.

Take a stroll through the Hall of Flowers and see the beautiful displays of flowers and water features. Be sure to check out the fantastic diamond fountain!

One of two beautiful water features in the Hall of Flowers.

While you’re in the area, be sure to visit the Hall of History, in the Garden Building, directly south of the Hall of Flowers. Check out the different exhibits and displays provided by different community groups, and the wealth of memorabilia and photos showing the Fair’s 75 years of history. If you or your family have been in the area for a while, you might just see some familiar faces!

If you’re in the mood for entertainment for the whole family, you can’t go wrong with the Diamond Jubilee Review at the Redwood Stage (2:00 and 7:00 pm). This old-fashioned vaudeville-style show features jugglers, acrobats, magicians, and even famous performing pigs! These pigs have been on Letterman and Leno.

Or, if you’re looking to be more active, consider trying out at one of the many contests around the grounds. At the Barnyard Stage, there’s Scarecrow Building and Scarecrow UN-Building, as well as a Family Look-Alike contest, and a Bubblegum Blowing Contest.

Of course, there are a lot of animals to see at the fair! Besides the exhibition animals on display or showing in the various barns and show rings, there are the very entertaining Splash Dogs and highly hilarious Wild West Turkey Stampede. You can also visit with baby animals and their mothers at Uncle Sam’s Farm or learn how to milk a “faux” cow at Sweet Lil’s Farmery in the Lyttle Cow Palace. Or, if you prefer, get in and pet all kinds of animals at the Great American Petting Zoo.

Don't miss 75 years of Sonoma County Fair history in the museum!

If live music is your thing, there are three stages where you can catch music pretty much all day long. At the Park Stage, there’s local performers Savannah Blue, and De Colores will be playing in the Mexican Village. And, you don’t want to miss the KTRY Country

Music Showdown at 6:00 pm at the Park Stage, where you can watch contestants in a country music sing-off!

If all of that walking around and sightseeing has you tuckered out, stop by the Kraft Building and see John, our couch potato. You can hang out, watch TV and shoot the breeze with John!

See you at the Fair!

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