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What to see and do at the fair today – Saturday, August 6

August 6, 2011

There is lots of fun and excitement at the fair today!

First off, it’s the second weekend of Wine Country Racing, and there’s a full day of events for racing fans! At 11:30, don’t miss the Racing Seminar, sponsored by Airport Express. Today’s special guest will be fair-favorite jockey, Russell Baze!

Wine Country Racing

In the grandstands, it’s Big Hat Day at the Races! The first 75 racing fans to enter the grandstands wearing a truly outrageous hat will receive a $2 betting voucher. Just head to the Racing Information Table on the ground level and show them your hat!

While you’re there, be sure to enter one of the many fun games and contests they have each day: Win/Place/Draw, Owner for the Day, Random Raffle, and Putting Fore Prizes! And, keep your eye on the fair’s Facebook page for the secret word of the day to get yourself a Racing Prize Pack, including a commemorative t-shirt and a Wine Country Racing cooler!

As always, there’s free live music on three stages. At the Park Stage today, there will be four great bands playing throughout the day: Bill Noteman & the Rockets (1:15 and 2:15 pm), The BluesBurners (3:30 and 4:15 pm), The Linda Ferro Band (5:45 and 6:45 pm) and The Battlin’ Bluebirds (8:00 and 9:00 pm). On the Blues and Brews stage there’s the blues music of Terry Hanks and his band (4:30 to 8:00 pm), and in the Mexican Village you’ll be treated to the traditional Latin American trio of Nuevo Amanecer (4:00 to 7:00 pm).

If you haven’t had a chance to participate in one of the great Junior Livestock Auctions at this year’s fair, here’s your last chance! The Beef Cattle Auction starts at 6:30 pm in the Jamison Ring. One of the largest in the state, the Junior Livestock Auctions are the culmination of a year of hard work for the 4-H, FFA and Independent junior exhibitors, who have selected, fed and groomed their animals to show and sell at the fair. Only the best animals are selected for the auction, so here’s your chance to get some truly local beef, and to support these kids as they learn about food production, and continue the long-standing tradition of agricultural excellence in Sonoma County.

For the family, there’s a lot of great shows that will keep everyone entertained! At the Diamond Jubilee Review, be sure to check out Steve and Jack — which one’s your favorite? — and Valentine’s Performing Pigs! Then there’s the Wild West Turkey Stampede where turkeys “race” for turkey treats. Or check out the Splash Dogs, where dogs compete to see who can jump the farthest into a pool of water.

Inside the exhibition buildings, be sure to check out the fabulous items created by folks all over Sonoma County — quilts, photographs, paintings, dolls, plants, and much much more! All made by people just like you! You can also see demonstrations of woodcarving, quilting, spinning and weaving, by many of the crafters whose items are on display.

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