What to do at the Fair — Friday, August 5

KRSH Food Bank Friday

Food Bank Fridays this year are sponsored by KRSH. Bring two cans (or bags or boxes) of non-perishable food and get $2 off General Fair Admission!

There’s lots of excitement on the agenda for Friday, August 5th! Bright and early in the morning, there’s the Junior Livestock Lamb Auction (9:00 am) in the Wilford Ring. Come and watch fair favorite Tony Brazil and other long-time auctioneers work their magic  — or even better, bring your checkbook and buy a lamb! Or, if poultry or goats are your preference, come to the Junior Livestock Poultry Meat Pen Auction (1:00 pm) or Junior Livestock Meat Market Goat Auction (2:00 pm), also in the Wilford Ring.

These kids work hard all year through to breed, select, raise, groom and train their animals just to exhibit them at the fair. The best animals are then selected to be included in the Junior Livestock Auctions. Your purchase will help these kids learn to produce food and further the long-standing agricultural excellence in Sonoma County.

While you’re in the livestock area of the fair, be sure to stop by Sweet Lil’s Farmery and Uncle Sam’s Farm. Sweet Lil’s is a place where children and adults can learn about agriculture and even have a chance to “milk” a faux cow. Uncle Sam’s Farm has baby farm animals and their mothers on display, to give kids a sense of how farm animals are bred and raised.

If live music is your thing, we’ve got three stages to keep you happy! On the Park Stage, we’ve got The Ruminators (1:15, 2:30, and 3:45 pm) with their folk rock sounds, and Five AM (6:00, 7:15, 8:15 pm) with a taste of modern rock. In the Mexican Village, there’s Nuevo Amanecer (4:00 to 7:00 pm) and their traditional Latin American music. And don’t forget the blues bands at the Blues and Brews stage!

For family fun, be sure to watch the Diamond Jubilee Review — a vaudeville-style show with magic, singing, dancing, puppets and performing pigs. Today is the first day the duo Steve and Jack will be appearing. Which one is the rabbit and which one is the puppeteer?

In the Kids Area, there’s  Circus Luna (1:00, 3:00 and 6:30 pm) with juggling, jokes and fun. Perfect for the little ones. You can also check out Valentine’s Performing Pigs (4:00 pm), or drop in to create some chalk sidewalk art (2:00 pm).

For the adults, there’s horse racing action all afternoon! First post time is at 1:15 pm. While you’re at the grandstands, check out the Racing Info Table on the ground floor, and enter one of their many contests and events. You can Putt Fore Prizes, enter to be an Owner for a Day, compete in the Win/Place/Show, or put your name in the hat for the Random Raffle. All kinds of great prizes and lots of chances to win!

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