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Amador County Fair provides eclectic entertainment for children of all ages

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Via Press Release
07/10/2014 12:23 PM

Where can you meet a wheelwright who traveled the United States by covered wagon, a rifle-toting Mountain Man shopping on the midway and then listen to music from The Eagles, George Strait and The Spazmatics? The Amador County Fair, July 24-27th, is an amazing collection of old and new, traditional and trendy. Gorge on the once-a-year guilty pleasure of fair food, then taste fine award-winning wines with the Amador Winegrowers on Friday night, or hoist a microbrew at the Brew Tastings on the weekend.

“We have to keep things fresh and exciting for our Fair visitors,” says Troy Bowers, CEO of the Fair. “But we need to keep our traditions alive as well. The Fairgrounds is a living history museum that we don’t want to abandon.” Bowers is speaking of the permanent exhibits that are as much a part of the Amador County Fair as the carnival and corn dogs. Alongside the whirling, twirling neon lights of the carnival, the daily antique tractor parade chugs along. Visitors flock to see the turn of the century sawmill using steam power to cut massive logs, to watch as ore is stamped at the Pokerville Gold Mine or to see the Mountain Men reenact an old saloon fight.

 As usual, there are hours of fun things for kids to do that don’t cost parents a nickel, including free admission on Thursday until 6:00 pm. All kinds of fun activities await in the 49er Kids Town; they can learn to juggle with the Jumbo Shrimp Circus, and then head over to the willow-branch-covered round lodge where they will learn about Amador County’s Miwok culture while making a traditional craft. At the Gold Mine they can pan for gold, though they probably won’t end up rich! There is a charge for entertainment in the Grandstands Friday through Sunday, but that won’t stop capacity crowds at the Truck Pulls on Friday night, the Rodeo on Saturday and the packed Destruction Derby on Sunday. Buying your reserved seat in advance is a good idea. Thursday night the arena will host the Mutton Bustin’ preliminary round with the finalists going on to compete during the rodeo.

The Fair wouldn’t be the same without everyone in Amador County working, volunteering or dropping by. From manning service club booths, to monitoring buildings, to sponsoring various items and activities, residents of Amador County are very involved in the annual event. The exhibit halls are filled with art, quilts, baked goods, preserves, needle arts, plants and flowers, gems and minerals and Junior projects. The barns bustle with animals tended by 4-H and FFA youth, show rings and with parents close-by sure all is well. Save on Fair admission and Carnival rides by purchasing your tickets online. Reserved seats for Grandstand Events and the Wine Tasting on Friday night are available in advance as well. For more information about the Amador County Fair, visit

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