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Fair Flag Ceremony Ushers In Big Fair Fun

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Via Press Release
07/26/2014 6:10 PM

Where else, but the Amador County Fair can you meet a wheelwright who traveled the United States by covered wagon and a rifle-toting Mountain Man shopping on the midway, then listen to music from The Eagles, George Strait and The Spazmatics. 

The Amador County Fair, July 24 through 27, is an amazing collection of old and new, traditional and trendy. You can 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,” said 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 spoke of the permanent exhibits that are as much a part of the Amador County Fair as the carnival and corn dogs. 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. Alongside the whirling, twirling neon of the carnival, the daily antique tractor parade chugs along. 

As always, there are hours of fun things for kids to do that don’t cost parents a nickel, including free admission on Thursday until 6 p.m. All kinds of fun activities await in the 49er Kids Town. They can laugh and learn how to juggle with the Jumbo Shrimp Circus, and they can learn about Amador County’s Miwok culture under the willow-branch-covered round lodge, where they can make and take home a craft project. At the Gold Mine, kids can pan for gold, though they probably won’t end up rich.

There’s 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’s preliminary round of Mutton Bustin’ in the arena will determine the finalists going on to compete during the rodeo. 

The fair wouldn’t be the fair 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 this 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, with parents not far away, making sure all is well. 

Tickets are available online with savings on fair admission and carnival rides. 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 amadorcountyfair.com.

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