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Merced County Fair asks attendees to ‘Saddle up for Fun’

Merced County Fair asks attendees to ‘Saddle up for Fun’

The All Alaskan Racing Pigs are just one attraction that will be featured at the 2011 Merced County Fair, set to open June 15.


POSTED June 7, 2011 11:16 p.m.

While the weather has been cool and rainy lately, make no mistake, summer is on its way and with it the start of fair season.
The Merced County Fair is ramping up for its five-day run, June 15-19, with the theme "Saddle up for Fun." The horse theme can be seen with events such as the fair's feature exhibit, the pre-fair Junior Horse Show on Saturday, stick horse races, the Cutest Cowgirl/Cowboy Contest and a 100 percent "horse power" rodeo with trick riding.
On Kids' Day - June 16 - all children 12 years and under get in free on that day only. The day will feature the Cutest Cowgirl/Cowboy Contest, which is open to youngsters 5 years and under.
No entry forms are required. Entrants will be divided into two age groups, infants up to 2 years of age and youngsters aged 3 to 5 years.
The contest categories are: Prettiest Cowgirl, Cutest Cowboy, Best Meltdown, Best Personality, Best Homemade Costume, Most Realistic and Best Overall. Each contest participant will be awarded a ribbon and an Icee coupon.
Along with horse-friendly events, the fair will feature new attractions this year, including: trailer races, the All Alaskan Racing Pigs, pedal tractor races, The Great American Petting Zoo, Walking Puppet Theatre, amateur wine divisions, Terry Stokes, "America's Favorite Hypnotist," and a biscuits and gravy cooking contest.
Merced Fair favorite attractions will also be returning, including the nightly antique tractor parade near the main entrance, Sunshine Lane Family Zone, the kids' area devoted to hands-on fun and activities for children including Super Science and the Health Plan of San Joaquin Community Stage and the wine and handcrafted beer garden with live music.
What would a fair be without crowd-pleasing grandstand events?
Auto races will open the grandstand line-up on June 15, followed by trailer races on June 16, CCPRA Rodeo on June 17, bull riding on June 18 and Gran Jaripeo starring Ezequiel Pena on June 19.
Classic fair events will also be featured, such as the exhibits, barns filled with 4-H and FFA animal projects, the Junior Livestock Auction in the Nolet Arena, carnival rides, kiddieland and the midway and don't forget the food, including gelato and chocolate-dipped bacon.
The 2011 Merced County Fair will run from 5 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. June 15-17 and 3 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. on June 18-19. Advance - before June 14 - fair admission tickets are $8 each, regular admission tickets are $10 each. Advance all-day carnival coupons are $23 each, regular all-day carnival coupons are $30 each. Tickets and carnival coupons can be purchased at www.mercedcountyfair.com, or at the fairgrounds, 900 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way, Merced.
To contact Kristina Hacker, e-mail khacker@turlockjournal.com or call 634-9141 ext. 2004.

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